Shutters are popular indoor features of living spaces, especially in Perth. Timber shutters may be common nowadays, but there are still a few things about them that many homeowners barely know.
3 Things About Timber Shutters
1. They were around as early as 500 years ago
As early as the reign of Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I during mid-15th century, blinds had been a common sight in many homes across England. The very first types were made of solid boards of wood with only the lower half of the window allowed for opening. Then, during the 16th century, windows became glazed. It was during that time that glass became more affordable. Sash and case became available by the late 17th century.
2. They provide energy efficiency.
With the window on the left has shutters open and the right one closed, they provide significant energy efficiency benefits by reducing heat loss by approximately 50%. This is especially true for those made of wood. Due to air pockets inside, they are good natural insulator. During cold season, they serve as thermal-bridges between the cold outside air and warm air inside. At summer time, they bridge the warm air outside and cold air inside the house.
Direct sunlight can also pass through between the blinds leaving your lights off, saving your electricity bill.
3. They are of varied types
Softwoods, oak, mahogany, and basswood are some common materials used to make them. But be wary about some that are available in the market nowadays. Though some come cheaper, they are not solid wood materials, but instead are just composite materials glued together. If you really want excellent quality, look for those made of Canadian western red cedar. They are durable, exquisite and lightweight.
Window blinds made of wood, though as old as history, give energy efficiency, cost and aesthetic benefits for you. It adds value to your home, too.