- What Are Interior Shutters?
Shutters are window coverings made of wood or faux wood that consist of a rigid frame and tilt-able horizontal louvers. Unlike blinds which can be raised to the top of the window, shutter panels can be swung open for a clear view. Both shutters and blinds have louvers that tilt open and closed for privacy or light control. Shutters are more durable than blinds because of they are permanently fixed to the window and are made with thicker materials.
Shutters also differ from blinds in that there are no cords or strings which makes them safer for children and pets.
- How Long Do A Shutter Last?
Shutters are the longest lasting window treatment, which are considered a permanent fixture. In fact, shutters are the only window treatment that can add value to your home when you sell it. As people become more eco-conscious they are investing in fixtures designed to last and window treatments are no exception.
Shutters can last anywhere from 10 to 20+ years, depending on what they are made of and how often they are used. Solid wood shutters are some of the most durable with faux wood shutters being a more economical but still durable alternative.
- Do Shutters Reduce Noise?
Shutters can help dampen noise. While they won’t completely block off sound from things like traffic, they can help quiet a space when fully closed. Be aware that if your room has an echo, shutters can enhance the echo as sounds waves will bounce off their hard surface.
- How Are Shutters Cleaned?
Typically, a dry microfiber cloth is all that’s needed to dust shutters. Faux wood shutters stand up against moisture better and can be easier to spot clean. Wood shutters can warp or swell when exposed to excessive moisture so we do not recommend spraying them directly with anything. For stubborn stains a slightly damp, soft cloth is usually all that’s needed.