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Reduce Hayfever with Plantation Shutters

Daytime is getting longer, the sun is finally making an appearance, and Summer will be here before we know it. 

As much as we love the sun, let’s not forget the rise in pollen count over the Summer season. And for those who suffer from hayfever allergies, sneezing, puffy eyes, and other symptoms can be too overbearing to handle.

What if we told you plantation shutters help reduce allergies in your household?

Plantation shutters for hayfever 

As pollen and dust come through the window, fabric curtains and blinds absorb these elements and make it hard to handle for hayfever sufferers. As a result, many sufferers choose to overheat in their homes rather than open their windows.

Plantation shutters, on the other hand, are the ideal choice for hayfever suffers, as you can open your windows and block these elements by keeping the shutter slats closed. They are also easy to clean, removing the pollen and dust build-up with a quick wipe down.

Great for pet allergies too

It’s not just pollen allergies that can be a nightmare to deal with, as pet hair can contribute to all-year-round allergies. Just like pollen and dust, pet hair collects on fabric, but because plantation shutters are made from hardwood, nothing sticks to them, and they’re easy to wipe down.

For more information on plantation shutters for your home and their benefits or to book your free no obligation in-house survey, call Totally Shutters today on 0203 960 6963. All plantation shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.

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How Do Plantation Shutters Open and Close?

In terms of flexibility, plantation shutters are the ideal window treatment. You can tilt the slats to adjust privacy levels and light control, and you can create separate sections of moving louvres using mid-rails. You also choose how many shutter panels you have in each window opening and how those panels open.

How plantation shutter slats open and close

Plantation shutters are designed with the louvres closing fully flat in the upward position. This design provides you with the optimum light blockage and privacy, as no passers-by can peer into your home through the slats. 

The louvres slightly overlap one another which creates a seal that blocks light and insulates your home. You can also add a mid-rail to separate the upper and lower sections of the slats for separate control, keeping the bottom closed for privacy while letting in light from the top.

Central tilt rod vs hidden tilt rod

With a hidden tilt rod, the louvres are connected by a thin metal rod in the back of the panel, hidden off to the side near the hinges. To move the louvres, you will turn one by hand, and the rest on that rod will move in unison.

For windows over 42″ in height, a central split tilt may be added to the hidden tilt rod to allow separate control of the upper and lower slats as well as for overall structural integrity. The split tilt gives the same functionality as a central mid-rail without having a solid rail separating the upper and lower sections.

For more information on plantation shutters central tilt rod and hidden tilt rod or to book your free no obligation in-house survey, call Totally Shutters today on 0203 960 6963. All plantation shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.

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Choosing the Right Plantation Shutters for Your Children’s Bedrooms

Are you looking for a new window covering to dress your child(ren)’s bedroom(s) but unsure which option would be best? If you’re looking for a stylish option that would provide maximum light control, privacy and safety, plantation shutters may be the option for you. 

Benefits of Plantation Shutters for Children’s Bedrooms

Plantation shutters host a range of benefits, including maximum light and privacy control. However, they also have a handful of benefits that are paramount to children’s bedrooms:

Safety: 

Certain types of window dressings are not ideal for children, particularly blinds that have a long drawstring. These window dressings can be very dangerous for a baby or small child to play near. Plantation shutters are installed safely inside the window frame with no drawstrings, keeping the whole ensemble out of reach.

Security:

Plantation shutters add an extra layer to your home. Made-to-fit your window perfectly, they make it impossible to see inside of your home, so no passers-by will be able to peek inside. The shutter slats can be angled to let light and fresh air in without making it easy for people to see inside your home. 

Light blocking:

Plantation shutters help children sleep better at night by blocking out outside noise and sounds. They block sunlight from entering the house when it’s time for sunrise. This is particularly useful for nap times and during the longer days of the year. 

Choosing the perfect plantation shutters for your children’s room

If you’re preparing a nursery, you may have a colour scheme in mind, and you may be considering shutters in that colour. However, you must remember that your baby will grow up, and this colour may not serve them through the years.

We advise keeping your plantation shutters neutral and consider adding a splash of colour to your nursery with paint, furniture and other decorations. 

For more information on plantation shutters for children’s bedrooms or to book your free no obligation in-house survey, call Totally Shutters today on 0203 960 6963. All plantation shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.

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Can You Still Open Windows with Plantation Shutters?

A question we get often get asked by customers is: “will I still be able to open my windows with plantation shutters installed?” The simple answer is yes. 

If your windows slide up and down or left to right, plantation shutters will not get in the way of this function. For windows that crank out or windows that tilt in, you can still open and operate your windows, but it is paramount that you select the correct mount for your shutters to avoid blocking these functions.

Plantation shutters for windows that open inwards

If your windows tilt in, an inside mount shutter frame can block your windows from fully operating. Some customers prefer the look of an inside mount shutter frame and will forego this function. However, an outside frame will allow your windows to keep the tilt in function.

An outside mount frame attaches to the wall or trims surrounding your window. Therefore when you open the entire shutter frame, it will be outside the window recess, allowing you to open your window fully and easily.

Shutters for windows that crank outward

For windows with a crank mechanism to open the window, the easiest option would be an outside mount. This way, you will have full access to reach the crank handle and operate the locks with the space required.

This is not to say that an inside mount would not be possible for windows with a crank mechanism.

Other considerations 

If there is limited depth inside the window opening and the shutter frame could potentially block your access to reach the handle or lock to open your window, an outside mount frame would be advised.

If you want to hide or cover a locking mechanism for aesthetic reasons or because it may obstruct your slats from opening, a mid-rail can be added to your shutter.

For more information on plantation shutters and shutter mounts or to book your free no obligation in-house survey, call Totally Shutters today on 0203 960 6963. All plantation shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.

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What are Plantation Shutter Tilt Rods and Why are They Important?

Whether you have chosen to invest in plantation shutters for your property or are just comparing your options, the chances are you will want to understand the window covering and shutter style options available.

Totally Shutters have a range of shutter designs available, including full height, cafe-style and tier-on-tier shutters with a range of tilt rod options for practicality. 

But what are tilt rods and why are they an integral part of the plantation shutter design?

What are shutter tilt rods?

Tilt rods are poles that can be hidden or visible on either side of the shutters or horizontally on the slats to form part of the design. Simply, tilt rods allow the louvres to move at the same time and sit at the same angle.

Small shutter designs will require one tilt rod to connect all the louvres, whereas, for large windows, a split tilt rod may be needed. For shutters higher than 130cm, a hidden split will be used.

Why are tilt rods an important aspect of the shutter design?

Shutters are one of the most flexible window coverings, and this is due to the tilt rods allowing full control of light, privacy, noise and heat. Without tilt rods, you would have to open your plantation shutter louvres manually. This means it would take much longer to adjust your shutters. 

Should I have a hidden tilt rod?

When it comes to tilt rod options, you have three choices: central, offset and hidden. Both central and offset tilt rods are visible and run down the front of the shutters, either in the middle or to the hinged side. Shutters with hidden tilt rods, conceal the rods inside of the vertical side rail for a sleek and minimal look. The choice comes down to practicality and design choice.

For more information on plantation shutters and tilt rods or to book your free no obligation in-house survey, call Totally Shutters today on 0203 960 6963. All plantation shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.

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Winter Shutter and Window Maintenance

Many homeowners find themselves battling the brisk weather to keep their windows in the best condition during the colder months. Here are some tips from our shutter experts to maintaining your windows and shutters in the heart of winter:

Tackle condensation issues 

The biggest risk to damaging your window coverings as temperatures plummet is condensation and the lasting exposure it can cause. However, maintaining a consistent temperature will keep condensation at bay and will help your windows in the long run. 

Purchasing moisture trappers if condensation is a regular issue may be useful. Making use of extractor fans in bathrooms and kitchen fans when cooking will also help with moisture.

Keep on top of shutter after care 

Keeping up with your shutter aftercare will ensure your plantation shutters are in the best possible condition. Looking after your shutters will continue to benefit your home for many years to come. 

For general dusting we recommend using a feather duster to gently remove the dirt off the shutter surface. Be sure to dust the shutters before using a slightly damp cloth on the surface to avoid wetting the dust and damaging the shutter.

If you’re considering installing plantation shutters in a room that has particular high levels of exposure, you will want to consider UPVC shutters that are water-resistant. The UPVC material has excellent thermal properties which stops moisture and humidity from damaging the window cover, withstanding the test of time.

For more information on installing plantation shutters in your home or to book your free no obligation in-house survey, call Totally Shutters today on 0203 960 6963. All plantation shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.

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Why You Should Hire a Professional Shutter Specialist

When researching plantation shutters for your home, you will see the market is competitive with many companies to choose from. To make things even more difficult, you come to the choice between DIY versus professional shutter installation. 

Everyone wants to save time and money, so DIY plantation shutters may seem like the better option. But sometimes rushing out to install your plantation shutters can be a huge mistake, even if you’re a professional at making flat-packed furniture. 

Here’s four reasons why you should choose a professional to install your plantation shutters:

You gain expert advice

A shutter specialist will guide you through the entire shutter process from choosing and designing your plantation shutters to installation. By getting in touch with the experts, you can rest assured you’re choosing the right shutter option for your window, and the finished product will be exactly what you imagined.

Your shutters will fit perfectly

Measuring your windows may seem straightforward, but one wrong measure and your entire shutter project will turn into a complete disaster. If you don’t measure your windows precisely, you will find it impossible to install your shutters. Shutter specialists will get the correct dimensions every time.

They will be energy efficient

As your shutters will be the perfect fit, you will benefit from the practicalities of plantation shutters. They are a great way to add beauty to your home, keep your home cooler in the summer, warmer in the winter and lower your energy bills. 

Stress-free installation

Installing shutters is a complex and time-consuming process. If conducted by an experienced shutter specialist, it saves a lot of time. You can sit back and rest assured that your shutters will be perfect the first time.

For more information on installing plantation shutters in your home or to book your free no obligation in-house survey, call Totally Shutters today on 0203 960 6963. All plantation shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.

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This Winter, Save Money on Your Energy Bills with Shutters

The colder months are here, which means cosy evenings as the festive period draws close. But the colder weather brings higher energy bills. As the temperature changes, the energy efficiency of your home does too. 

Energy costs are rising, and the arrival of winter energy bills can make a severe dent in our finances. It is predicted that our energy bills will increase by 30% over the next year. Therefore, now it’s a good idea to start thinking of ways to save money on energy.

Plantation shutters are energy-efficient window covering

Many homeowners around London and the UK are using plantation shutters to help save money on their energy bills in the winter. They are the most energy-efficient window treatment and help reduce heat escaping through the windows.

Plantation shutters are bespoke and made to fit all window sizes and shapes, whether big or small. As they perfectly fit the window frame, they ensure an efficient barrier against warm air escaping and cold draughts. 

According to Historic Environment Scotland, shutters belong to the most effective methods for improving the thermal performance of traditional windows. They have tested the effectiveness of different ways of improving the thermal performance of windows. 

If you are looking for ways to save money on your energy bills this winter, installing plantation shutters will help reduce heat loss and enhance the thermal performance of your windows, keeping heating bills down.

For more information on installing plantation shutters in your home this winter or to book your free no obligation in-house survey, call Totally Shutters today on 0203 960 6963. All plantation shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.

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New Showroom and Office Opening in Orpington Kent

At Totally Shutters, we have some exciting news to share; we’re in the midst of entering a new phase in our growth as we’re about to expand our business with the opening of our first showroom and office in Orpington, Kent.

With a new showroom and office in Orpington, we can invite home and business owners in and around the area to view the different options available for their plantation shutters in person. A specialist will also be on hand to answer any queries and guide you through the benefits of each.

Our new offices mean existing customers have the option to stop by to discuss their current order and pay outstanding balances, should they wish to pay in-person.

Our Orpington showroom and offices are due to open later this year.

Your In-house Survey Still Available

Our new showroom and offices will be in conjunction with our existing free no obligation in-house survey that we offer customers in Kent, London and surrounding areas.

As part of the in-house survey, one of our shutter specialists come to your property at a time that suits you, armed with different shutter styles and advice to help you with your decision and journey to finding the right window dressing for you.

As the in-house survey, the specialist will measure your windows and provide you with an accurate quotation for your chosen plantation shutters.

 

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

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Should You Install Plantation Shutters On All Windows of Your Home?

Yes, we can install plantation shutters on every window of your house, no matter the shape and size of your windows. However, whether you should install plantation shutters on every window of your home, you must consider a few factors.

Typically, the decision will depend largely on the size of your house, the number of windows you have and your planned budget. You will also want to consider the aesthetic exterior of your home.

Considering all these factors will help you decide whether you require plantation shutters for every window in your property, the front- or rear-facing windows or perhaps the top or bottom windows.

Where to install plantation shutters

We do advise customers that if you install plantation shutters in one window within a room, you should consider installing them in every window of that room. For example, if your living room has three windows, we recommend installing plantation shutters on all three windows for a consistent look.

If plantation shutters are not necessarily required in every room, some homeowners choose to take a balanced approach by opting for plantation shutters on one floor of their home. Others choose to install them on the front of their home for privacy control and kerb appeal.

However, if your budget is tight, you may want to opt for plantation shutters for the rooms that need them the most, where light and privacy control are required.

For a uniform look, you may want to consider wooden blinds for the other rooms, but you will lose the associated benefits of plantation shutters.

For more information on plantation shutters or to book your free no obligation in-house survey, call Totally Shutters today on 0203 960 6963. All window shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.