Window shutters have become more than just a functional element in our homes. They are also a designer touch that can boost the curb appeal or interior of any house. But while designed to look stunning, they have not lost their ability to protect against light and heat or create more privacy.
They’re an all-in-one solution and window treatment that is designed to last.
Depending on what material, design, and installation you choose, you can have your window coverings from 25 to 50 years! That makes them not just useful but also an investment that can add value to your home (and even appeal to potential buyers).
But with so many options available on the market, where do you start?
We’ve been helping homeowners in the metro area for over 30 years get the right fit for their needs with custom measuring and made-to-order covers designed to serve you with style.
Window shutters originally became popular as a way to protect windows and openings on homes from the elements. From sunlight to temperature changes and even flying objects during a gust of wind, outdoor shutters are useful and can have designer appeal, too.
These days, outdoor options are still in use, but many homes use them decoratively only. However, a variety of outdoor options that are also functional still exist to this day.
Indoor variations as window treatments are soaring in popularity throughout Brisbane, and for many reasons. They’re fashionable, customisable, long lasting, and functional on top of it all.
With so many options to choose from, it can get confusing for homeowners to sort through and find the best one for them. Here’s an overview of the features you’ll want to consider.
Do you need your shutters indoors for design or outside for functional purposes? This is going to point you in one direction or the other to start with. The use, or location will dictate the available options as well as the material, coatings, and ratings that are required. For example, outdoor options need to be rated for cyclones and high winds whereas indoor covers may need to be waterproofed to protect against moisture.
The options here can seem endless, with available materials such as aluminium, timber, PVC, composite and more for both inside and outside use. Aluminium makes a great choice for outdoor solutions since they can stand up to the elements and be coated in any number of colours to match your home’s exterior. Indoors, timber makes a high-end choice and wood-look composite provides a more cost-effective alternative. Material (and window size, or how much material you need) will be the single greatest factor in determining the cost.
PVC and aluminium solutions can come in any number of powder-coated or pre-coloured materials to match nearly any palette. Wood design can come with different stains and finishes to match indoor trim work. Composite can be found to mimic any wood grain style but cannot be refinished since this is achieved through vinyl or plastic wrapping.
Design is more than just colourway or grain. You can choose from fully louvred or half-louvred, a variety of hinge or install types (sliding, bifold, etc.), and even different size louvres to achieve a custom look.
Benefits of Window Shutters
Protect your home from the elements
Insulate against extremes in temperate
Add unique and coordinating designs
Regulate light into the home
Creates additional privacy for residents
Disadvantages of window shutters to consider
With so many benefits and options, what’s not to love? Very little, but it’s worth noting what you’ll want to consider for your investment.
To start with, window shutters of any kind are a genuine investment in your home. Most options last anywhere from 25 to 50 years, making them a permanent fixture. This means that you will want to choose a design and finish that is made to outlast trends or is neutral enough to coordinate with changes you make to other parts of the home over time.
Many homeowners lament that, while the window covers add equity to their home during a sale, they have to leave them behind. Keep in mind that they are custom sized and installed in the home, so they aren’t something to pack up and take with you.
How much do these products cost in Brisbane?
When it comes to cost, you’ll want to get an exact quote based on your quantity, materials, and measurements. That’s because most solutions are measured and estimated in terms of square metres and the time it takes to install them once ready.
Since they are so customisable, rarely are any two variations the same from home to home, making a custom quote all that much more important. That said, certain materials tend to run with similar average costs. For example, aluminium options run $350 to $450/m2 compared to timber material that can range $350 all the way to $700/m2 depending on the material, finish, and size.
Inside or out, they need proper installation by a seasoned professional. Any shutter that you expect to close snuggly for maximum privacy and protection should be measured to exact size, installed directly to the window frame, and level. Otherwise, not only will they not operate correctly, but you could voice the product warranty, too.
Shutter installs tend to take an average of 1 hour per window, but this can vary depending on how big the window (and the shutter) is and how heavy the material. Larger, heavier window shutters are more unwieldy and take a bit more time (and manpower) to install properly.
What to look for in an installer
Experience is essential when it comes to shutter installation. These tasks take precision and patience to ensure proper install for a perfect fit. Evaluate any company you consider for years of experience and take a closer look at their social proofs. How do their customers feel about their experience with the company? (You can check out our customer testimonials here)
Another key aspect here comes back to warranties. Most options come with a limited product warranty that protects against defects in the shutter itself. This can be void, as mentioned, if installed wrong. Look for an installer that also guarantees their workmanship in case you experience any troubles in that regard.
Why choose FKR Group
For top quality products backed by reliable, long-lasting warranties, choose FKR Group. We handle window shutters of all shapes and sizes for inside and outside the home. Our expert team provides consultations, measuring, product delivery, and installation for an all-inclusive high-end experience that puts customer satisfaction first.
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