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How to choose the right type of shutter for your home from Castle Hill Shutters

Posted on 3rd November 2021 by Castle Hill Shutters


What’s not to love about window shutters? They look fantastic in any property, they add privacy, improve security and whether it’s hot or cold outside, they help regulate the temperature of your home.

With so many different varieties available today however, how do you choose the right type of shutter for your home?

Below we talk about all the different styles available so you can make the right choice.

Full height shutters

This style covers your windows from top to bottom. Because of this, they’re great for total privacy control, reducing noise pollution and maintaining a comfortable temperature in your home both in the summer and winter.

Full height shutters are great because they’re incredibly versatile and can be installed on virtually any window. While the slats can be adjusted to let in as much or as little light as you like, if you have a particularly dark room in the house, you may want to consider a shutter that lets in more light, such as café or tier-on-tier shutters.

Full height shutters with mid-rail

Adding a mid-rail to full height shutters separates the upper and lower louvres. This means they can be operated independently to help control privacy and light infiltration.

They’re ideal for rooms which are overlooked, such as if your lounge is on street level and you get lots of passers-by. You can simply keep the lower louvres closed for privacy and then open the top louvres to let in natural daylight.

This style offers more stability for larger windows and doors than tier-on-tier shutters do. It’s worth noting that the entire panel swings open as one unit so you can’t open and close the upper and lower sections separately like you can with tier-on-tier shutters.

Café style shutters

Café style shutters only cover the bottom half of the window. They allow you to enjoy your privacy while still letting in as much light as possible, making them ideal for ground floor rooms which are overlooked.

If you can’t make up your mind whether you want shutters or curtains, café style shutters work very well with curtains so you can have the best of both worlds.

If one of the main reasons you’re looking to install shutters is to keep a cold house warm in the winter or a warm house cooler in the summer, full height shutters would be a more appropriate choice.

Tier-on-tier shutters

This style consists of two sets of panels, one on top of the other.

The biggest advantage of tier-on-tier shutters is that the top and bottom panels can be opened and closed independently of each other. They’re ideal for rooms which are overlooked, such as if your lounge is on street level and you get lots of passers-by. You can simply keep the lower tier closed for privacy and then open the top tier to let in natural daylight.

example of shutter installationTracked shutters

Tracked shutters are ideal for wide windows, bi-fold doors and even dividing rooms. Generally, they’re the best solution when you’re trying to span a distance which is wider than it is tall.

Made to measure, they fit seamlessly within your room and like traditional shutters, they come with fully adjustable louvres so you can control the amount of light and privacy in your home.

Shaped shutters

Even odd-shaped windows can enjoy the benefits of shutters. No matter how unusual the shape, shutters can be customised to dress your windows in style. They’re ideal for gable ends, loft conversions, porthole windows, period arched windows and oblong, oval, arched or triangle windows.

For more information about choosing the right type of shutter for your home, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.