If you’re looking for a way to spice up your property, then a good set of window shutters could be the option. They can completely change the face of your home’s exterior – making it look more charming, quaint, imposing or luxurious, depending on the type of shutter that you choose.
Window Shutters for Period Properties
If you live in a period property, then you will need to think carefully about the type of shutter that you get. Most people, in most areas, won’t need to get planning permission to fit shutters as long as they are in fitting with the style of other properties in the area. The people that are going to need to get planning permission are typically those who live in more specialist properties such as:
Areas with very active resident’s associations
If you live in a period property, it’s a good idea to try to purchase shutters that were made for that style of property. You can probably find some at an architectural reclaimers’ store that will suit your home. If you can’t get actual reclaimed shutters, then at least try to get some made from reclaimed wood that is of the right type and from the right era, so that it has a slightly weathered look – even if you treat and paint it, having it look in fitting with the rest of the property will make all the difference.
Window Shutters for Conservation Areas
If you live in a conservation area, then again, you will need to pick shutters that suit the property and the area. Many local authorities have strict rules about what you are allowed to do with properties in such areas – so you may be allowed to have natural wood shutters, or aluminum core shutters with a wood coating, but you would not be allowed modern looking aluminum shutters, or shutters made of waterproof vinyl, because they simply don’t match the look of the rest of the properties in the area. There may be other considerations too, such as:
The carbon footprint associated with making the shutters.
How energy efficient the shutters are.
How easily the shutters could be disposed of, if necessary – can the materials be recycled?
Caring for Window Shutters
Your shutters will be exposed to the elements 24/7, so it is important that they are well made and that you take good care of them. Modern aluminum and vinyl
shutters are generally quite easy to clean and take care of – if you follow the manufacturer’s instructions and do maintenance little and often then you will find that they hold up quite well. Wood shutters need more care, and will need weather treated every couple of years (or every year, depending on the wood and treatment that you use), but they can still last for decades, or longer, if you are diligent with your maintenance work, so they are well worth it.