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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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The Noise Reduction Benefits of Plantation Shutters

Outdoor noise can be a real distraction, preventing you from sitting back and relaxing or even sleeping. However, the installation of plantation shutters can help reduce the noise and creating a peaceful ambience.

What type of plantation shutters reduce road noise?

If you live on a street with consistent road traffic, solid shutters may be the solution for you. The solid panelled doors will block out most sounds when closed, allowing your home to be a peaceful escape from the outside world.

Made from solid hardwood and covering the entire window, solid shutters reduce noise and allow for a restful night’s sleep.

However, if the noise that enters your home isn’t too harsh, full-height and tier-on-tier plantation shutters are both perfect solutions to blocking out external noise.

Will louvred shutters help to keep my house quiet?

Both full-height and tier-on-tier louvred shutters have movable slats that can be adjusted to suit your requirements, whether that be to increase sunlight, increase privacy or block external noise.

If your street is noisy, the louvres can be closed to act as a second barrier on the window, making it harder for sound to travel into your home. Unlike other window coverings such as curtains and blinds, plantation shutters are fixed to the perimeter of the window, preventing external noise from travelling inside.

 

For more information on the noise reduction benefits of window shutters 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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Decorate Your Home This Easter

Easter is around the corner, with less than fourteen days until the holiday. And while it may be another one in lockdown, it doesn’t mean we cannot get into the Easter spirit. So, to help you get into the mood, we have put together a list of ideas to decorate your home for Easter that can continue into the rest of Spring.

Decorations Aren’t Just for Christmas

Consider your existing colour palette and choose decorations to complement your home. Wreaths aren’t just for Christmas, and an Easter-themed one can add a little seasonal cheer to your front door. There are lots of ways to create a wreath; you could have daffodils or colourful eggs held together with wire.

Don’t forget to set your table for your Easter dinner. Tie napkins together with ribbon with traditional Easter imagery such as chicks or bunnies. Make it bright, fun and creative. Add colourful bunting around your home to extend the Easter theme.

Don’t Forget Flowers

Flowers make everything brighter, so bring the outdoors in with beautiful Spring floral arrangements. Add pink blossom branches along with daffodils and lavenders in a basket or vase by your plantation shutters. Enhance the floral scent with a diffuser, and your home will begin to look and smell like Spring.

Or the Chocolate

The best part about Easter is the sweet treats. Have a beautiful hamper of chocolate, hot cross buns and other treats to get you into the spirit. On the day, serve a delicious chocolate cake with Easter-themed decorations.

 

For more Easter-ideas, look on Pinterest. There are lots of fun ways to make the day and run-up fun. 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 window shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.

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Luxury Window Treatments at Affordable Prices

Plantation shutters are the most luxury and practical window solution out there but can seem out of budget for many homeowners. However, shutters don’t have to be an expensive investment.

Here at Totally Shutters, we have a wide range of made-to-measure plantation shutters available, ensuring we have a window treatment for every homeowner budget and interior taste.

If you’re wondering how to make plantation shutters more affordable, below we have provided some advice:

What type of shutters is the most affordable?

The style and material of your plantation shutters significantly impact the final price. Full height, solid, and tier-on-tier shutters are typically more expensive than cafe-style shutters as they cover the entire window, unlike cafe-style. Hardwood materials are considerably more expensive than other materials available.

The shape of your window and the colour of your shutters will also impact the price. Shaped shutters and shutters on a track system are slightly higher price. Our basic colour palette comes at no additional costs, whereas our custom colour matching service involves an extra charge.

How can I make plantation shutters more affordable?

At Totally Shutters we do offer a discount for those with considerable DIY skills who can install their made-to-measure plantation shutters themselves, however, this is not advised.

Instead, to make your plantation shutters more affordable, we suggest you take advantage of our online discounts that are available at selected times throughout the year.

Investing in plantation shutters

Whether you opt for full-height, tier-on-tier, solid or cafe-style shutters, you can rest in the knowledge our range of plantation shutters are an investment, adding value to your property and helping you save on energy bills.

For more information on affordable plantation shutters, 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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Plantation Shutters for Your New Home

There has been a surge in property sales in recent times, as more buyers are taking advantage of the stamp duty holiday, and as more homeowners look for more home space for homeworking as the value of their property is at an all-time high.

If you’re one of these people who have just purchased a new house, here is why you should consider installing plantation shutters in your new home:

They are versatile

Plantation shutters hold great importance when designing a home or workplace. They enhance the decor of your home and create a joyful environment to live and work.

Unlike curtains and blinds, plantation shutters are made to fit any size and shape window, from bay windows to circular-shaped windows.

Stylish and timeless

Plantation shutters give a more expensive, up-market look than blinds and curtains. They are a stylish and timeless addition to your home. They look stately and compliments almost any internal decor, meaning you won’t have to replace your window dressing, should you choose to re-decorate down the line.

Great insulation

Shutters are great at insulating your home, ventilating the room and keeping the sun at bay during summer months, while blocking cold drafts and providing an extra layer of insulation during the colder months. As a result, plantation shutters help you save money on your energy bills.

Perfect for busy streets

If you’re moving to a busy street, plantation shutters act as a sound barrier, helping drone of traffic or noise from a nearby road. They also provide efficient privacy levels, by simply adjusting the louvres.

 

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

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Interior Design Trends for 2021 Predictions

2020 has been a long year, so we have good reason to look ahead to a new year, a fresh beginning and interior design trends of 2021.

From the growing importance of sustainable materials to celebrating uniqueness, if you’re looking to refresh your home for the year ahead, look no further than these unmissable interior design trends of 2021.

Indoor Escapes

Following 2021, when the world was turned upside down, more people will be creating a place where they can escape and rejoice in their home.

We predict people will be wanting to create an open space indoors, bringing the outdoors in, with open windows, fresh air, greenery and beauty.

We also believe beautiful outdoor garden spaces will become a must-have, with the same level of consideration as indoors, with styled furniture and accessories.

Unique Flair

After a terrible year to many businesses, we believe more people will be choosing to support local and small independent stores. By doing so, we believe, homes will begin to incorporate a unique flair into their interior, creating diversity in every property.

Plantation Shutters

Design trends come and go, but something that will never lose their appeal is plantation shutters; the must-have window dressing of 2021.

Plantation shutters allow you to enjoy the outdoors while ensuring maximum privacy. They are stylish, adding kerb appeal, sustainable, helping to keep the energy bills down and help to add an extra layer of security to your property.

If you’re looking for plantation shutters in London, surrounding areas and the UK, support your trusted local supplier, Totally Shutters. For more information on made-to-measure plantation shutters, call Totally Shutters today on 0203 960 6963 to book your free no obligation in-house survey. All plantation shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.

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What to Consider When Installing Window Shutters

At Totally Shutters, we offer a discounted price to those looking to measure and install their window shutters themselves. However, when installing window shutters, there are a few things to consider:

Only buy from a reputable shutter company

The first and foremost thing to consider is to only buy your plantation shutters from a reputable shutter company that you can trust, such as Totally Shutters. Further, your shutters must be made-to-measure, not only to create the desired look but also to benefit from all the advantages that they give, such as insulation, light and privacy control.

Beware of companies that sell shutters in stock and cut them to fit, as these will never give the same quality look as made-to-measure shutters.

Do your research

Do your research in shutter styles and shutter materials to ensure you have the right option for you and your property. Only choose hardwood or UPVC and avoid pine shutters as they are a softer wood that tends to bleed sap, spoiling the overall look of your plantation shutters, and will need replacing down the line.

Ensure all renovations are carried out

If renovating your window area, it’s essential that any replacement windows, plastering, painting, wallpapering and tiling are completed before measuring your window area, or arranging for your Totally Shutters free in-house survey.

Even the smallest changes can alter the configuration of your made-to-measure shutters, resulting in an imperfect fit.

Why choose plantation shutters?

Plantation shutters are an investment. They are versatile and look stunning at every window and property type. They are also child and pet friendly and extremely easy to maintain. They add kerb appeal to your home and value to your property.

As plantation shutters are considered to be part of the fixtures and fittings of your home, it’s vital that they function as well as they look. We recommend that you have a professional measure and install your plantation shutters, to ensure a perfect fit.

 

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

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Can Room Divider Shutters Help Update a Living Space?

Ever wished for extra room in your living space? Of course, expanding your property is one option, but that is expensive, messy and time-consuming. Room divider shutters can provide that extra private space needed immediately.

Of course, room divider shutters aren’t a permanent solution, and the amount of space will remain the same, but it will make your home feel completely different.

Why Choose Shutters Over an Extension?

An extension will increase the value of your property, but sometimes, a home extension is not possible due to planning restrictions, lack of space or budget. Also, if there’s a lot of people living at home, especially young children, the inconvenience would drive you mad.

Shutter room dividers are affordable, robust and visually beautiful. They help to immediately transform a large living space, breaking it into two more conveniently spaced living spaces. The huge advantage of shutter room dividers is that you can fold them against the wall when a large room is required again, such as for family gatherings and parties.

Where Can Room Divider Shutters Be Used?

Room divider shutters can be used to divide a large living/dining room or kitchen/diner, but they are also perfect for providing changing areas around pools or offering privacy where needed. Shutters can offer a quiet space for children to do their homework and adults to carry out office tasks.

When we think of plantation shutters, we immediately picture them as a window covering. But, they can be manufactured to be used as a room divider shutter.

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