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3 Eco-Friendly Benefits of Window Shutters

Most people want their homes to be a little bit greener and a part of this process is learning about the environmental effects of products and the impact over time. So how do window shutters score on the environmental scale?

Shutters boast a range of environmental benefits compared to other window treatments, i.e. curtains and blinds. Here are some environmental factors to keep in mind when choosing your window dressings:

1. Insulation

Windows are a culprit for heat loss. A great way to reduce your household energy usage and cut down your bills is to install window shutters. When internal shutters are closed they seal the window completely leaving no gaps, ensuring that no heat escapes through the window.

2. Sustainable materials

Real wood and PVC are the most common materials used for shutters and are both known for being eco-friendly and sustainable. Unlike curtains and blinds that require constant repair and replacement, shutters are made of more durable materials and can last at least 20 years without a problem.

3. Natural lighting

The main appeal of shutters over different kind of window treatments is their ability to control light. Shutters are a great way to limit the amount of natural light without removing it completely, as such, the need for artificial lighting is reduced.

 

For more information on the eco-friendly benefits of windows shutters, or to book your no obligation in-house survey, contact Totally Shutters today on 0203 960 6963. All shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.

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What Window Treatment Works Best In Humid Places?

Certain rooms, such as bathrooms and kitchens, are subjected to more humidity. It’s important to choose the right window treatment as condensation buildup in humid rooms can cause your window treatments to warp, chip or go mouldy.

Window treatments to avoid

The most important factor in deciding whether a window treatment can survive a humid room is the material. Real wood will swell, warp and mould in a moisture-heavy room even after a short period of time. Whereas curtains are like sponges in humid rooms and will soap up the moisture, making them ripe for discolouration and wrinkling.

UPVC shutters for humid rooms

There are a handful of window treatments that excel in moisture-laden areas, but nothing compares to UPVC shutters. Not only are they unaffected by humidity, but UPVC shutters are waterproof, so even direct contact with moisture is not a problem. This means polyvinyl shutters are perfect for kitchens and bathrooms that have a “splash zone”.

Although best suited for kitchens and bathrooms, UPVC shutters are suitable for any room in your home. UPVC shutters are finished in high-grade pain, meaning they’re available in any colour and come with a marine grade stainless steel hinge to prevent rusting.

 

With the right window treatment in your kitchen, bathroom or laundry room, you’ll never have to worry about damage caused by humidity. To find the right window treatment for your home, or to request your free no obligation in-house survey, call us today on 0203 960 6963. All shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.

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New Year, New Interior

The festive period is officially over, and as the Christmas decorations get packed away for another 11 months and the reality of January sets in, it’s not just our energy levels that are left feeling deflated. A home that looked perfectly fine in November suddenly appears to be missing something – but what?!

If you’re feeling less than impressed with your interior, it’s time to breathe new life into your home. There’s no need to start tearing wallpaper down or hiring a skip to get rid of family heirlooms, a simple change to your window dressing can be the new lease of life your interior and home needs.

Enhance your kerb appeal with shutters

Combining quality and elegance, plantation shutters will enhance the decor of your interior and enhance your kerb appeal like no other window treatment. Whether you’re the homeowner of a townhouse, a period style home or an ultra-modern apartment, shutters will complement your windows, interior and property.

Whether you opt for full height, tier on tier or cafe style shutters, each type offers versatility in light, ventilation and privacy. With shutter blinds, you can let external light flood in or you can maximise your privacy while enjoying no external noise. Just seeing your home in a different light, is enough for you to fall in love with your home again.

Shutters also help with temperature control, providing extra insulation during the winter months and a cooling effect during summer, helping decrease your energy bill.

 

If you’re looking to breathe a new lease of life into your interior this year, contact Totally Shutters today on 0203 960 6963 to book your FREE no obligation in-house survey. All shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.

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All You Need to Know About Shutters for Patio Doors

Patio doors can be a real problem to dress, and you may feel as if your options are limited. Your first choice may have been curtains, but more often than not, they’re not ideal as you want something that will bring you privacy without blocking out the light, yet leaving them bare is attracting to thieves. So have you considered installing plantation shutters?

Here’s why plantation shutters are the best window solution for patio doors:

They offer privacy and light control

Many people are reluctant to cover their patio doors as they like to let the light in during the day but for reasons like privacy, so having no window dressing is sometimes not an option. Plantation shutters offer privacy and light control in a way that patio door curtains don’t. With adjustable slats, plantation shutters can be positioned fully or partially open, giving you both privacy and light control.

They are made to measure

Many often struggle to find a window dressing for their patio doors that fit perfectly, especially when measurements exceed the industry standard measurements on ready made blinds and curtains. As plantation shutters are made to measure, you don’t need to worry about large or irregular measurements as they will fit securely on your patio door.

They offer an extra layer of insulation

If your patio doors are prone to draughts, shutters can provide an extra layer of insulation. This extra layer can reduce the amount of heat loss through your doors, helping you save money on your energy bills.

They prevent wandering pets and children

Installing shutters on your patio doors can be a great solution to pet owners and parents with young children. In the warmer months, if you want to leave the door open for ventilation, shutters provide a barrier to stop your pets or children from running outside.

 

For more information on plantation shutters for patio doors, or to book your FREE no obligation in-house survey, contact Totally Shutters today on 0203 960 6963. All shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.

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Totally Shutters Bring the Shutter Experts to You

For over 15 years, Totally Shutters has been bringing their unrivalled design, measure and fit service to the people of London, Kent, Essex, Surrey and the rest of the UK. We have specialist consultants all over the UK ready to transform your home.

As well as being shutter specialists, our consultants are experts in regions and can help you choose shutters that complement your home’s architecture and heritage of the local area while making your interior look great.

Proud Londoner?

London is a place full of incredible architecture, but your London home should be a haven from the hustle and bustle of London streets. If you’re looking to install shutters in London, full-height louvred shutters are great at controlling noise, privacy and light.

Living in Kent?

Kent is home to a wide array of building styles including Georgian and Victorian architecture. Instead of detracting from your property’s incredible style with bulky or boring window treatments, full-height louvred or cafe-style shutters will look just as attractive from the outside as the inside while maximising the light coming in.

Resident of Essex?

Full of upscale architecture, properties in Essex deserve a window treatment of equal beauty. Dressing each room of your home will maintain symmetry. Tall windows will benefit from tier on tier louvred wooden shutters so the top and lower panels can be operated independently for flexible light and privacy control.

Home in Surrey?

Our solid shutters will complement the picturesque towns and villages of the Surrey regions, adding style to your home without compromising the existing character of your room or building. Solid shutters are great at controlling light and privacy.

 

If you’re looking for shutter expertise, call Totally Shutters on 0203 960 6963. Our consultants are armed with knowledge and expertise and are on hand to answer your questions. You can trust them to design the best window solutions for your home.

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Plantation Shutters Are Ideal For City Homes

If you live in the city, you will be familiar with unwanted noise, bright streetlights and more often than not passers-by peering in. If you’re at the end of your tether with the pitfalls of city living, plantation shutters may be for you.

Here’s why shutter blinds are the best window solution for city homeowners:

Blocks out noise

Living in the city can be extremely noisy with cars, trains, planes and not to mention, loud pedestrians. But fitting plantation shutters can keep the noise transmitted through your windows to a minimum. As shutters from Totally Shutters are made-to-measure, fitting perfectly inside each frame, they filter even more noise.

Keeps privacy high

Sometimes, living on a busy street can mean pedestrians checking out your decor and noseying what you’re watching on the TV. Shutters allow the daylight to enter your room while obscuring the gaze outside. Simply by moving the slats of your shutters, you can control the light and privacy of your home.

Stops street light glare

Street lights outside your window can be a right pain, ruining the ambience of your home and disturbing the sleep of both adults and children. If this is a problem in your city home, shutters can block light effectively. And our shutter and shade range blacks out 99% of all external light.

Improves home security

As shutters provide an extra barrier at the window, something which blinds and curtains don’t, shutter blinds improve home security. What’s more, shutter slats can be angled to prevent potential intruders from checking out the contents of your home.

Retains value

Enhancing the value of your city home is important in today’s property market, and shutters add to your home’s kerb appeal while helping to increase the value of your home when it’s time to put your city pad on the market.

 

For more information on plantation shutters for your city home, or to arrange your free in-house survey, contact the Totally Shutters team today on 0203 960 6963. All shutters from Totally Shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.

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Dressing Bay Windows With Plantation Shutters

A bay window provides a stunning attribute to a home. Victorians and Edwardians made full use of bay windows in their homes, and they continue to be featured on new build homes today. However, many homeowners hide their bay windows behind heavy curtains and drapes.

Instead of hiding your bay windows, you should embrace them. Plantation shutters do just that, enhancing your window from the inside and outside while adding value to your home.

What plantation shutters will suit my bay windows?

Bay windows come in many shapes and sizes. The versatility of plantation shutters allow for a combination of open and closed louvres (split louvre array) and panels (tier on tier) or even panels covering just the bottom part of the window (cafe style).

However, tier on tier style plantation shutters remain the most popular option for bay windows as they’re incredibly functional. With the tier on tier style, you can have both tiers closed, while still being able to adjust the slats to allow light to enter the room. When the top tier is opened, the shutters work in a cafe style, allowing maximum light to enter the room while keeping maximum privacy on the lower half.

As well as providing great light, privacy and noise control, plantation shutters for bay windows have been proven to be the most energy efficient window covering and will reduce energy bills. Plantation shutters will offer the best option to insulate from the heat and cold that can enter from all sides of a bay window.

 

Whether you have a curved, angled or box bay window, Totally Shutters will be able to design, manufacture and install a plantation shutter solution for you. Call us on 0203 960 6963 for more information on plantation shutters for bay windows or to book your in-house survey. All shutters from Totally Shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.

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The Totally Shutters Process

Totally Shutters have been crafting, manufacturing and installing shutter blinds across London and the rest of the UK for over 15 years, and it’s fair to say, we’ve mastered the art to a tee. But what does the Totally Shutters process look like?

Step one: your in-house survey

We understand that every room and everyone’s tastes are different, that’s why choosing the right shutter blinds is best in the comfort of your home. We will come to you at a time that suits you, armed with knowledge and lots of samples for inspiration.

During your in-house survey, we will answer any questions you may have, take measurements and provide a quotation for your shutter choices. Our priority is helping you create your desired interior look that you will admire for years to come.

Step two: placing your order

When you’ve decided on the right shutter binds for your home, it couldn’t be easier to place your order – simply give us a call. During this phone call, we will talk you through the details of your order to ensure everything is exactly how you like it. We will then ask you for a 50% deposit, where the remainder of the balance will be required upon installation.

At this stage, if you have changed your mind about the colour or would like a quotation for a different style of shutter, it’s not a problem. We can make any amendments before your shutters are sent off to be manufactured.

Step three: transformation day

When you have paid your deposit, we will arrange a time and date to fit your shutters. On the day, you can sit back, relax and leave everything in our hands. With years of experience, you know they’ll be right the first time.

Ready to transform your home? Call Totally Shutters on 0203 960 6963 to book your in-house survey and start your Totally Shutters process to creating your dream home. And don’t forget, all shutters from Totally Shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.

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5 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Window Treatments

Blinds, curtains and drapes are a great way to spruce up your interior and keep light out. But if your window covering is outdated or worn, it can detract from the overall appeal of your interior.

When was the last time you looked at your window treatments? Chances are, they will need some tender loving care. Here are five signs to tell it’s time to replace your window coverings:

1. Discolouration

Your window covering’s prime responsibility is to retract sunlight. However, the sun ray’s will eventually fade the colour of your coverings, turning them a lighter shade or an unsightly hue of yellow. And, discoloured blinds can be due to material deterioration, meaning they’re losing their integrated structure. If your window treatments are discoloured, it’s time to replace them.

2. Broken or bent slats

Overexposure to heat and humidity can cause serious damage to your blinds. If your slats are warped or bent in appearance, it’s time to replace them.

3. Hard to control

If you’re struggling to open or close your blinds, your blind’s lifting mechanism may be damaged and could be close to breaking or collapsing at any moment, causing injury or damage to your windows. If your blinds are hard to control, to ensure the safety of everyone, it’s time to replace them.

4. Frayed cords

A frayed or broken cord can result in your blinds falling out of mounting. It’s important to inspect your blinds regularly for signs of excessive wear and fraying. If your blinds have frayed cords, it’s time to replace them.

5. They don’t fit

Window treatments offer full coverage both day and night, but if they’re not measured to fit the window space they’re not serving their function. If your window treatment doesn’t fit, it’s time to to replace them.

 

If these warning signs seem all too familiar, it’s time to replace and upgrade your window treatments. Unlike the other treatments, plantation shutters withstand the test of time while keeping energy bills down, adding value to your home and looking incredibly stylish. For more information on plantation shutters, call Totally Shutters today on 0845 299 7757. All shutters from Totally Shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.

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Add Value to Your Home With Plantation Shutters

If you’re looking to add the finishing touch to your home, or something that can add value to your home to increase its price, then plantation shutters are the solution for you.

When selling your home, it’s important to maximise its potential, especially in a market that has more sellers than buyers. Your home needs to stand out and have the wow factor, and plantation shutters can help you achieve just that.

Why do shutters add value?

Plantation shutters don’t just look good from the inside, but the outside too, making your home stand out from the others. Potential buyers will immediately focus on how stylish your home is.

Shutters are considered part of the fixtures and fittings of a home, so when valuing your home, estate agents will add an amount onto the sale price. Your estate agent will be able to tell potential buyers the benefits of shutters and how they reduce utility bills by providing extra insulation, control lighting and improve privacy and security.

How much value do shutters add to a property?

A ‘no size fits all’ question as the value depends on the style chosen and the quality of the shutters. However, any plantation shutter type is considered beneficial for increasing value. But remember when choosing shutters for your home, your taste may not be right for someone else, so avoid bright colours and very dark stains and paints. And always opt for waterproof options for humid rooms such as bathrooms and kitchens.

Often property developers will opt for the cheapest shutters available. However, today’s buyers are knowledgeable and are looking for strong, quality shutters that stand the test of time. If your shutters are poor quality or badly fitted, the prospective buyer will immediately see this and ask for discount.

 

For more information on how plantation shutters can add value to your home or to request your free, no-obligation quotation, contact Totally Shutters on 0845 299 7757 today. All shutters from Totally Shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.