Shutters and Blinds

Blinds & Shutter Services in South Africa

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Whether it is for privacy or to shut out bright light, all buildings should have shutters, blinds, or both installed.

There are several options to choose from, whether standard or bespoke, all of which will be based on your needs, including the size of windows, or glass doors and walls, your taste and décor, and budget.

Let’s take a few minutes to break down the different aspects of choosing, installing and maintaining different types of shutters and blinds. Remember that a skilled contractor will be your best option when it comes to blinds and shutters given their unique features and importance. It is also wise to get in touch with an interior decorator who will be able to advise on colour schemes, designs, and material all in an effort to create a flow and pleasant aesthetics. This applies to both residential and commercial property.

To begin, Wikipedia states that: “There are many different kinds of window blinds which use a variety of control systems. A typical window blind is made up of several long horizontal or vertical slats of various types of hard material, including wood, plastic or metal which are held together by cords that run through the blind slats. Window blinds can be adjusted by rotating them from an open position to a closed position with either a manual or remote control which allows the slats to overlap and block out most of the light.”

Let’s get cracking!

Blind Repairs and Maintenance

Given the fact that blinds are exposed daily and constantly to the elements, especially UV rays and the bright light of the sun, they require occasional repairs and maintenance ranging from replacement to just cleaning. This will also depend on your chosen form of material, the design, and how often the blinds are used or shifted.

Custom Design Shutters
There are numerous options for custom designed shutters. They can depend on your chosen material, from wood to plastic to steel, your aesthetics and home décor, your shape and requirements, property size, scope and timing. Remember to shop around and get a quote that meets your satisfaction. As mentioned above, a specialised interior decorator will be able to assist from the get-go.

External Shutters

External shutters are a fantastic way to add an additional decorative layer to your home, but are also highly practical; stopping light from entering your home, adding extra privacy, and helping to control the temperature of your home while stopping bad weather and minimising security risks.

Most if not all external shutters are custom made given the differences between homes and work buildings, and there are several types of well-known shutters including, but not limited to:

Roller shutters — this type of shutter is mounted above the window and it rolls down over the window. These are typically made from aluminium or steel and they are great for security, as they cannot be pulled away from the window easily.

Bahama or Colonial shutters — these shutters are easy to install and have a handle on the inside so you can easily operate them. Bahama shutters are mounted from the top, so that they swing away from the external window. They are very decorative.

Board and batten shutters — these have a series of vertical boards, joined by a number of horizontal boards (usually 2 or 3). They have a great rustic feel.

Solid shutters — these have solid panels that can be finished in a number of ways to create a great decorative look for the home.

Louvered shutters — these are the traditional shutters that people think of. The louvers can be fixed or adjustable. They are generally side mounted.

Shutter Repairs and Maintenance

As with blinds, shutters do require repairs from time to time. This can include rolling mechanism, decorative aspects, wood and metal, and broken slats from many difference causes. Why not try one of our blinds services or shutters services? We have a great selection of contractors available to suit your needs!

Very basic repairs can be carried in a Do-It-Yourself fashion, but most often one will require a contractor who has specific knowledge, skills and experience in blinds installation and repairing shutters, especially external shutters. Another factor when considering choosing whether or not to hire a professional is to factor in the costs of material and tools which can quickly add up in costs, and not to mention the time and possible frustration which need to be considered.

A contractor will very well likely have these materials and tools on hand, which means that depending on the scale of the job and your chosen workman you could end up saving costs – and again- frustration!

Timber Shutters

As to b e expected, timber shutters are made from the sturdy and cost-effective wood. This form of shutter, as well Venetian shutters, are some of the most popular forms of keeping light, wind and heat at bay.

Chat to a local contractor who will be able to quickly plan, source material, and install your shutters to add that extra layer of functional and decorative quality to your home.

Venetian Shutters

“A Venetian blind (or Venetian blind or shutter) has horizontal slats, one above another. Venetian blinds are basic slatted blinds made of metal or plastic; wooden slats are sometimes used but in the US these are now usually referred to as wood blinds or bamboo blinds. They are suspended by strips of cloth called tapes, or by cords, by which all slats in unison can be rotated through nearly 180 degrees.”

These types of shutters are arguably the most common and popular type of shutter in the Western world. Because of this, you should be able to get a great rate and overall costing from a reputable contractor.

The Future Has Never Been Bright

The future is bright – so get out there and find the best contractor for the job. Every home or office requires appropriate shutters and blinds, so don’t go and skimp on quality!

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