If youre looking for window covers, youd be well advised to get bespoke hardwood shutters. Though shutters are more than an aesthetic feature, serving also as a cost-saving mechanisminsofar as shutters reduce heat loss via conduction, reduce the passage of heat from outside to inside, and thus enable you to spend less on central heating/air conditioningappearance is undoubtedly of signal importance.
Purchasers main considerations, when buying shutters, are price and appearance. If youre going to buy shutterswhich, for the reasons mentioned above, you definitely shouldyou might want to consider hardwood shutters. Here are some reasons to buy hardwood shutters.
Good at blocking out light. Hardwood shutters especially are dense, and therefore excellent for keeping out light and reducing radiation. Shutters have been shown to reduce energy loss significantly, and are recommended by many energy saving campaigns. Especially exterior shutters are thought to help the environment.
Simple Appearance. If your taste is more Bauhaus than art nouveau, hardwood wood shutters are for you. They look artisanal, homely, and add character to any property.
Privacy. Besides helping to save the environment, hardwood shutters are effective at keeping people from looking in. If you live in an apartment abutting on a busy street, frequently used by pedestrians, then either shutters or blinds are necessary to ensure privacy. Rather than purchasing papery blinds, which can look somewhat tacky and cheapish, I would recommend that you purchase hardwood shutters.
Durability. Hardwoods areas the name suggestsharder than softwoods. Coming from angiosperm treessuch as ash, oak, and cherryhardwood is dense and thus shutters made from hardwood are more weather-resistant than those made from softwoods.
Though hardwood has many pros, there are also some cons of which the buyer ought to be aware. Here are some.
Hydrolytic. Hardwood is fairly hydrolytic (meaning it is likely to absorb water). Unlike other faux-wood shutters (which might be termed hydrophobic, i.e. water-repellent, as opposed to hydrolytic), hardwood is liable to absorb water, and might get damp. This ought to be borne in mind if shutters are to go up outside (especially in a rainy climate) or, more importantly, inside a bathroom, where shutters are especially liable to get damp and mouldythe tepid climate fostering the growth of bacteria.
Fairly expensive. Hardwood is one of the more expensive materials for shutters. Though many are willing to pay the extra price for what they consider quality material, you might find that hardwood is too much for your budget. If you find this to be the case, there are a number of cheaper alternatives: MDF, plastic, etc.
Well there you go. Those are some things to think about when in the market for hardwood shutters. I wish you the best of luck in finding the perfect shutters, and I hope you can find the right balance between price and style. Just remember: though hardwood may be an expensive option, there is no substitute for quality.