Window furniture is not only a wonderful way to dress up your home and add that extra kerb appeal, but there are many benefits to adding shutters or window rollers as a home improvement. Whether it is for aesthetics or pure functionality below is a list of reasons that detail how certain different types of window furniture can be a valuable investment for you home.
Saving on your energy bills
It is a fact that the windows in your home easily let heat and cold in and out. But roller shutters have the advantage of being fully insulated, so your home will retain heat in winter, and reduce heat in the summer months. This means heating and cooling costs are kept to a minimum all year round.
Keeping your home secure
Most home break-ins occur through windows that are unprotected. Rollers and shutters are an effective deterrent to burglars as they’re made from durable, heavy-duty aluminium whilst not looking unappealing from the outside.
Controlling noise and light
Whether you live in a busy neighbourhood or are simply close to a frequently used road, roller shutters can potentially reduce the level of noise by up to 50% – a handy addition to a lazy Sunday morning. They are also the most effective way to block out UV rays, which is the long run can also provide adequate protection to furnishings and flooring that may fade if left exposed to direct sunlight for long periods of time.
Protecting your home from the elements
Extreme weather conditions like high winds, heavy rain, hail and even fires can do enormous damage to your home. Roller shutters are strong enough to withstand the most severe conditions.
Roller shutters come in a great variety of colours to enhance the look of your home. They are opened and closed from the inside, through a wide variety of options. They can be manually operated, with straps or winders, electronically controlled, solar operated, remote controlled, wind controlled, or operated with batteries and you can even add timers. The option of having timers to operate your roller shutters can also prove useful if you wish to go away without advertising the fact you are absent.
Is window furniture expensive?
Window rollers and shutters may cost more than having your windows tinted, but tinting doesn’t offer nearly as much protection or energy efficiency. Compared to double-glazing, the cost is actually about the same, or even more expensive than installing roller shutters and still doesn’t offer the same security, light reduction or energy savings.
For a security, privacy and energy efficient solution, it’s well worth considering shutters and window rollers as a cost effective home improvement.
In addition to this it is also worth considering that the addition of window rollers and shutters can be a valuable asset to your home. Whether it as a rental proposition or if you are trying to sell. A subtle addition that provides a solution to a simple problem could be the key difference to your success.
Sam Nathan is a freelance writer. His interests include finance, sports, travel and health.