The beauty of a room depends on its interior decoration. The window covering is a very vital part of interior decoration. There is a wide variety of window coverings available in the market today. There are curtains, roller blinds, awnings, shutters and window Venetians.
Window Shutters are a type of covering which can be used both inside or on the outside of a house. They basically consist of vertical stiles and horizontal rails. There are louvers set within the frame to adjust the opening. The louvers may be fixed, vertical or horizontal. Window shutters provide more than just a covering.
Functions of Shutters:
1. Controlling the amount of sunlight entering the room.
2. Controlling the amount of air entering the room
3. Providing privacy
4. Providing security
5. Protecting against the weather
6. Enhancing the aesthetics of the room.
There are basically two types of window shutters.
These are installed inside the house. They consist of a fixed size frame that fits perfectly in the window opening. This frame is hinged to the sides of the window opening and functions as a single unit. The purpose of an interior shutter is to bring an optimum amount of light by partially or fully covering the window. Interior shutters can be single or multi- tiered. A single tiered shutter is one which consists of one shutter from top to bottom of the shutter. Whereas, a multitiered shutter is one in which top and bottom tiers can be opened independent of each other.
There are two main varieties of interior shutters
Traditional shutters: They have narrow stiles suitable for small windows
Plantation Shutters: They have wide stiles and are better suited for large windows.
These are installed outside a structure. They are made of vinyl, wood, composite wood or fiber glass. They are hinged on either side of the window or on the top. They can be swung closed if required. Exterior shutters have fixed or movable louvers. These louvers help in shedding rain, allow air transfer and filter sunlight, etc. Different types of exterior shutters are used for different purposes.
Shutters with operable louvers are used when light and ventilation need to be controlled.
Solid Panel Shutters are used for protection against severe weather conditions.
Nonfunctional Shutters are used only for decorative purposes to enhance the appearance of the building.
Due to their versatility and multiple applications, shutters are becoming popular. They are considered as an option to the traditional window coverings. This is because they not only enhance the appearance of a room but in addition provide security and protection against weather.