In recent years there has been a steady increase in the adoption of American shutters in UK homes. These permanent, louvered shutters have long been ubiquitous in the States, and they are fast becoming a go-to solution for British homeowners who want an energy-efficient, attractive alternative to curtains and blinds.
What are American shutters?
American Shutters are also known as plantation shutters, because they originated in the mansion houses of the American South. They were designed to counter the excessively hot and humid summer climate, by insulating the room against the heat and sunlight, but still allowing air flow to keep the house cool.
What are the Benefits?
While we do not quite have the same tropical climate here in the UK, many British homeowners still derive huge benefits from American shutters. As well as being great at keeping a room cool at the height of summer, they also perform the opposite job equally well – keeping the heat in during the cold winter evenings far more effectively than curtains or blinds can. This makes them ideal for families who are passionate about sustainable living and want to minimise energy consumption.
American shutters are incredibly versatile, and work superbly in both modern and period homes. While they are traditionally white, they can be painted in any shade you like to fit with your existing style and decor. Materials vary from MDF and waterproof vinyl to a wide range of different wood options.
How much do they cost?
Up until recently, in the UK we have been slower than our American cousins to adopt shutters in our homes on a widespread basis. Partly this is due to cost, as shutters inevitably cost more than most curtains and blinds. However, shutters represent an excellent long-term investment – they will last for a very long time, and are likely to increase the price of your home once installed.
To find out more about American shutters, call our team
on 0800 195 0196.