When my house was renovated in the 1970s they replaced the beautiful old doors with cheap plywood doors. I wanted to replace our current doors with some feature doors that help to emphasise the beautiful dimensions of our house while allowing us to make the most of the light and warmth in the different rooms. I have compared options with a range of different doors before making my final decision. This blog talks about our project to select new doors in our home and I hope it will be useful to other people who are trying a similar project and replacing their internal doors.
When you think of roller shutters, you may assume that these are only used for storefronts, banks, and industrial buildings that need the added security and protection of thick metal shutters over their entryways. In truth, roller shutters are a good choice for residential windows, and for patio door walls or sunrooms. Note a few reasons why these shutters are such a good choice for a residential home, so you know all your options for window treatments and for keeping your home safe and protected.
Standard curtains, blinds, and shades may help to block some sunlight and may even insulate windows, but they do little, if anything, to stop a fire that is outside your home from shattering windows and spreading to the home's interior. These window treatments also do very little to stop heat from direct sunlight or a nearby brushfire.
That industrial-strength barrier provided by roller shutters can also make your home's windows virtually impenetrable, so you're more protected against intruders and thieves, but without unsightly metal security bars. Roller shutters also protect the home's windows from strong winds, hail, and heavy rains.
If you prefer a simple, clean, modern look to your home, you may find that curtains, blinds, and shades get in the way of that look, and make your windows seem busy and even downright cluttered. You may also struggle to find the right window treatments for very small or very large windows.
With roller shutters, you have a completely unobstructed view of the windows, and don't need to install interior window dressing at all. This allows you to keep a long wall of windows open and without heavy drapes or curtains. You also don't need to worry about a window treatment clashing with your home's furniture or seeming too thick and large, and interfering with that simple and clean look you love.
Interior window treatments are not typically as durable as roller shutters; curtains can fade, especially when exposed to direct sunlight, and begin to look dirty and dingy over time. Blinds can get torn and may also hold dirt and fingerprints. Vertical blinds especially are notorious for having flimsy cords that get shredded and need consistent replacing; children and pets can also ruin the slats of these blinds very quickly. Roller shutters, on the other hand, are very durable and easy to clean, and won't get shredded or fade in the sun, and won't begin to look dingy and outdated, as do curtains and drapes.