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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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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.

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How To Fit Your Plantation Shutters

So your plantation shutters have been measured and delivered, and now it’s time to install them. Of course, at this point, it’s not too late to ask one of our expert fitters to install them for you – many of our DIY clients have regretted that they didn’t opt for our fitting service, but it is possible to install your shutters on your own.

So you have already chosen the mounting option and framing style that best suits your window, so it’s now just a matter of getting your shutters installed:

Preparing to install your plantation shutters

It’s essential that you’re prepped for installing your shutters with the necessary tools and materials:

  • Sharp pencil
  • Measuring tape
  • Spirit level
  • Drill
  • Screwdrivers
  • Screws, plugs and caps (as provided)
  • Caulk
  • Damp cloth

Once you have the appropriate tools at hand, clear your working space, ensuring all furniture and furnishings are out of your way. Carefully open and layout your shutters, positioning the frames around the panels, sliding the corners together to your complete shutter blinds.

The plantation shutters installation process

Once you’ve assembled your shutter blinds, lift your frames into place (you may need a second pair of hands to help you with this). Depending on the style of your shutter, you will need to create some fixing holes by partially drilling the screws in. Once you have your fixing holes, remove the screws and the frame, then drill a full hole and insert your raw plug.

Next, place the frames back on the window space, making any required adjustments to the spacing and the positioning before securing the hinges in place with a screw. If you have any gaps around the frame, seal them using decorator’s caulk, using a damp cloth to wipe off any residue.

 

If you get stuck while installing your plantation shutters, call Totally Shutters who will talk you through the process over the phone. Alternatively, call 0203 960 69 63 for more information on our shutter blinds. All shutter blinds from Totally Shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.

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Security Shutters for Complete Home Security Confidence

With recent crime figures showing that burglaries in the UK have risen by 32% over a 12 month period, with 28% of burglars gaining access via a rear window, there has never been a better time to secure your home.

From extra locks on your doors and windows to installing a burger alarm, security lights and sometimes even CCTV, most of us will do anything to protect our homes, belongings and loved ones. But if you’re looking for an extra layer of security in your home, security shutters may be the solution for you.

Far from the rattly, rusty steel shutters seen on many run-down properties on the high street shops, our Portchester aluminium security range offers unparalleled home protection without compromising on looks.

Here are 5 benefits of our Portchester aluminium security range:

1. Unparalleled durability

Our Portchester security shutters are durable and incredibly hard wearing, featuring a powder coat for a long-lasting and anti-corrosion finish. And for added reassurance, our security shutters are CE certified to meet the EU’s rigorous quality standards.

2. Elegant and hardwearing

Unlike traditional security shutters that are often unsightly and built for purpose with design an after-thought, our Portchester security shutters combine strength, security and elegance in a one-of-a-kind package.

3. Controlled weather properties

With adjustable 89mm louvres, Porchester security shutters allow you to control the air flow coming into your home, helping you to control seasonal weather elements, meaning you can minimise the sun’s heat in the summer and retain warmth during the winter.

4. Matches your interior

As our Portchester security shutter range resembles our existing shutter products, you can mix and match shutter styles while enjoying a consistent design throughout your home. Our security shutters are available in full height as well as bi-fold and on a bypass track system. As well as standard deluxe colours, a custom colour option is available to suit your interior design tastes.

5. Privacy and light control

Our security shutters offer complete privacy control and also provide excellent light control, allowing you to get the right sunlight levels the way you like them.

6. Interior and exterior features

Made from architectural grade aluminium, our security shutters are corrosion resistant, hard-wearing and work both inside and out, while looking just like any other plantation shutter.

 

Our Portchester security shutter range offer your home an extra layer of protection. If you’re interested in extra home security, contact us today on 0203 960 69 63, and take those first steps to making your home as safe as it could possible be.

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Plantation Shutters: DIY or Leave it to The Experts?

Do-it-yourself plantation shutters may seem like a great idea on paper – a stylish and contemporary window covering that you can fit in your spare time, saving money too. But is it really that straightforward, or could made-to-measure shutters fitted by a specialist be better in the long run?

DIY shutters explained

The pros of DIY shutters concern mainly price, as they’re less costly than made-to-measure plantation shutters from a professional company such as Totally Shutters. However, if your budget will only extend to DIY shutters, they’re a more fashionable and practical solution than roller blinds or curtains.

But while DIY shutters may seem like the better, cheaper option, there are many flaws to this approach that can go wrong. Unless you have considerable DIY skills, using a shutter specialist will make your shutters are worthwhile investment in the long run.

Measuring for your DIY shutter blinds can be harder than you think, with so much to consider including window hight, window width, recess depth, frame size, angles, handles and latches, measuring can be complicated and miss-measuring will lead to incorrect ordering, difficult fitting and amendments will be time consuming and are unlikely to be covered by product warranty.

And then assembling and mounting your DIY shutters to your window frames can be difficult, especially if the measurements are slightly out. That’s why it’s always a good idea to get quotations from specialist shutter suppliers such as Totally Shutters, to see how made-to-measure shutters can compare.

It may seem like there is a wide range of options available for DIY shutters, but you may, in fact, be restricted to kits or templates. At Totally Shutters, we offer a wide range of choices, including a custom colour service that matches the colour of your blinds to virtually any shade, so you can sit in the knowledge knowing your blinds will be made and fitted to a high standard.

 

At Totally Shutters, we offer a do-it-yourself discount for fitting your own shutters and it is possible to fit our shutters yourself. However, its only recommended for those with considerable DIY skills. We will check, measure and guide you through the process of installing your shutters yourself, or you can leave the whole installation process to us.

For a free in-house survey and appointment call Totally Shutters today on 0203 960 69 63, with no obligation to buy, you can explore the plantation shutters choices available for you in the comfort of your own home.

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Transform Your Open Space Living With Shutter Room Dividers

Open plan living is a popular option for many homes, creating a minimal and contemporary space where the whole family can be together. But although stylish, there may be times when you need privacy. Plantation shutters as room dividers help divide rooms and provide the privacy required.

So if you love your open plan area, but want the added option to divide it at the same time, plantation shutters may be the solution for you.

Using plantation shutters as room dividers

Using plantation shutters to segregate your open plan space is a much cheaper solution than constructing a new wall and offers greater flexibility. As with shutters, you can have your room completely open or create separate rooms for privacy, alone time, studying or storage space. And by opening the louvres of the shutters, you can have the option to have open plan and separate at the same time.

Made-to-measure plantation shutters can be created to divide a range of interior designs and not just open plan. Track systems allow for easy operation and can be used for covering patio doors, large windows and cupboard doors. Track systems can be put in place to help close up a room such as a kitchen or en-suite bathroom by partitioning off space when required. This allows the shutters to be folded out of the way when easy access throughout the open plan area is required.

Plantation shutters reduce air flow when closed, keeping spaces cool or warm, and limit the volume of noise spreading through the home, allowing for a much nicer living solution.

Plantation shutters are a simpler choice for dividing up your open plan space and can be matched to any existing window shutters in the home to provide a consistent look and feel throughout the property. Totally Shutters also offer a colour match service that provides the perfect match to any interior.

If you have an open plan space and want to learn more about using plantation shutters as room dividers, call 0203 960 69 63 and speak to the Totally Shutters experts today.

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Why Choose Plantation Shutters for Your Home?

Plantation shutters are a popular design choice in many homes because they’re easy to maintain, long-lasting and look aesthetically pleasing. While good looks may have you twitching to make the plunge, did you know there are many practical reasons for installing interior shutters in your window? Here are 9 reasons why plantation shutters are a smart choice for your interior:

1. Aesthetics

Plantation shutters are extremely appealing and come in a variety of sizes and finishes, as well as mounting options. They fit any interior design, offering a stylish and cohesive look. While white or natural stain sits well for a traditional look, interior shutters can be painted any colour with our colour custom service, offering a more unique and modern look. What’s more, plantation shutters look good from both the interior of your home and the exterior.

2. Privacy

Interior shutter blinds can be adjusted to let light in but unlike some window dressings, if you angle plantation blinds just right, you will be able to see out but others won’t be able to see in, allowing you to have privacy as well as light.

3. Ventilation

When you angle your plantation shutters, you can adjust the slats to let the fresh air in and allow for maximum ventilation all while maintaining your privacy. Unlike mini blinds and other window coverings, plantation shutters don’t rattle due to air flow.

4. Energy efficient

Plantation shutters are brilliant insulators, resulting in lower energy bills. During winter, your plantation shutters provide an extra layer of insulation. In Summer, your interior shutters can be adjusted to deflect sunshine and cool down your home.

5. Durability

Made-to-measure shutter blinds are durable and built to last. And because you won’t need to replace your plantation shutters every few years, your initial investment will pay off during time, making them less expensive than other window coverings such as drapes.

6. Low maintenance

Plantation shutters are less maintenance than other types of window coverings. Just a quick wipe down with a damp cloth from time to time is all interior shutters need. And because plantation shutters have a larger surface area than mini blinds, they’re much easier to clean.

7. Child safety

Plantation shutters don’t have dangling cords or strings so your children won’t get tangled up, making interior shutters a much safer alternative to mini blinds and drapes.

8. Future investment

Although a tad more expensive than other window dressings, plantation shutters are a good investment that will pay off in the long run. Many home buyers find interior shutters a plus when comparing potential homes. And the IRS consider installing plantation shutters as a capital improvement to your home, translating into tax savings when you’re ready to sell your home.

9. Room dividers

Plantation shutters make brilliant room dividers and can be installed to cover cutouts and niches in your home. For example, if your home has a built-in niche for a television that’s no longer required for the new widescreen, interior shutters make a good new storage solution, securing the clutter while looking nice.

 

Their attractiveness, light control, longevity, durability, energy saving and safety features are just a few reasons to consider plantation shutters. For more information, or to enquire about made-to-measure interior shutters for your home, call today Totally Shutters on 0203 960 69 63!