History of Window Shutters

Window shutters are a common accessory for exterior timber windows. Shutters add character to your home’s exterior while being a great way to prevent direct sunlight from getting into your home.

There are many advantages of window shutters. In this article, we’re going to look at the advantages and disadvantages, and where window shutters originated from.

What are window shutters?

A window shutter is a covering made from aluminium, MDF, and, most commonly, wood. Window coverings are either vertical or horizontal slats that cover the entire exterior of the glass in your window frame.

Advantages and disadvantages of window shutters

Window shutters have many advantages. Aside from preventing direct sunlight from entering your home, shutters also provide heightened security and protect your windows from the elements.

By having the choice of opening or closing your window shutters, you can improve your home’s security by closing them at night. The shutters act as a barrier between your home and the outside world and prevent anyone from looking into your home.

Window shutters also protect your windows. Depending on where you live and the general weather conditions for your area, you may need to install window shutters to prevent damage. Hail and strong winds carrying debris can cause your windows to crack or completely shatter upon impact. Having closed window shutters will remove the chance of this event occurring.

There are a couple of disadvantages that you’ll want to consider if you plan on buying window shutters:

Window shutters drastically reduce your visibility to the outside. Although window shutters are great for making it difficult for prying eyes to see into your home, this also means that shutters obstruct your view, too. If you want a clear view of the land outside of your home, it’s probably best not to go down the route of window shutters.

Window shutters aren’t easy to replace if a slat breaks. Depending on the manufacturer, if a slat breaks, you may have to purchase an entirely new window shutter.

History of window shutters

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Window shutters are believed to have first been used in ancient Greece. The Greeks used shutters to prevent sunlight from beaming into their windows, and to provide ventilation during their summer season. After a short time, window shutters were used across the Mediterranean. They were eventually a popular add-on for windows around the world.

At first, window shutters were made from marble and installed internally. It’s believed that the Greeks used this material for its durability. Over time, window shutters’ popularity rose, and they began making the shutters out of wood – like they are today.

The shutters came to England in Tudor times. During this period, glass was considered a luxury, and only the rich had full glass panes in their frames.

When shutters arrived, many people during the Tudor period used them to close off their windows. People without a great deal of money only had glass in the top half of their window, so window shutters were used to close off the bottom half of their frames.

Before shutters arrived in England, lower-class people used wood to close off the bottom half of their windows. Replacing the wooden boards with shutters allowed homeowners to open and close the shutters whenever they pleased, therefore heightening their security while allowing ventilation into their home.

In the eighteenth century, external shutters became popular, specifically in the Victorian era. During this period, walls were thinner, therefore having to reach through the window to close or open the shutters became a more viable option. It also allowed seamless internal space surrounding the window as the shutters would be attached to the external frame of the window – therefore reducing wasted wall space.

Today, a lot of window shutters have been installed for aesthetic purposes. This is because window shutters can now be side-hinged and kept permanently open if the owner desires. This is a great way to add character to your home’s exterior without compromising the view from your window.

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Coloured timber windows

What’s the Best Colour for Exterior Windows?

Exterior windows don’t need to be plain. In fact, adding colour to your exterior adds character, and increases your homes’ curb appeal.

If a lavish exterior isn’t for you, have you considered a bold yet understated approach? Instead of opting for a bright colour scheme, a navy blue or charcoal adds an understated touch of class to your home’s exterior.

Thinking about the BEST colour for your exterior windows, there isn’t one. The colour scheme that you go for is down to personal preference; however, there are colour options that reduce the amount of maintenance that your timber windows need.

The colour of your windows says a lot about you. It’s important to consider what you want your home’s exterior to project. Below, we’ve highlighted some of the most popular colours to use for your external windows. Have a look through the options and decide which is best for you and your home.

Black Windows

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Black is an uncommon colour to use for external windows; although, it’s a common colour to use for external doors. Black reduces the amount of maintenance that you need to take out on your home’s exterior. Now, we’re not saying that you can neglect your external windows and doors by going with this colour. We’re implying that you won’t have to clean them as often because dirt is less likely to show up.

Black is a classy colour to use on your home’s exterior. As it’s a dark colour, it contrasts beautifully if your home is rendered in a light colour.

Grey Windows

Grey is an understated colour; it’s classy and modern. It’s light enough that it doesn’t need to be a statement piece, yet it’s dark enough to look great against rendered properties or cottage-style bricks.

As with black, grey still requires maintenance; however, it’s dark enough that you can clean them less often than white.

Blue Windows

If we’re talking navy blue, yes. If we’re talking baby blue, maybe not…

Navy blue is a very classy colour. Against white render, navy blue windows will stand out, while adding colour to your property’s exterior.

With being a dark colour, navy blue is a great choice if you like the reduced maintenance of black, but want something a little different.

Baby blue, however, we wouldn’t recommend. From a distance, baby blue looks like an odd shade of white. It’s also light enough that the frames will require a great deal of upkeep to prevent them from looking dirty. If you’re after white but want to add a twist to it, then baby blue is your colour; however, we’d recommend looking into a darker shade of blue.

Brown Windows

Brown windows follow a similar suit to blue windows. Dark brown works well, and if you get a deep, black undertone shade of brown, you can add a great deal of character to your property. Not to mention the reduced upkeep that it needs.

However, if you go for a lighter shade of brown, or a brown with an orange undertone, you run the risk of increasing the maintenance needed to prevent it from looking dirty. This shade of brown also doesn’t lend well to sun exposure. Over some time, an orange undertone-brown can become washed out and start to look yellow.

Green Windows

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In recent years, green has become a staple colour for many households. It’s mainly used internally on doors, cupboards, and home accessories; however, green has started to creep onto our external windows and doors.

The best type of green to use on your home’s exterior is, what we like to call, cottage green. It’s a beautiful deep, but muted, green. It’s not bright enough to become a lime green, but it’s not dark enough to run in the same category as navy blue.

This cottage green is a really beautiful colour, and works wonderfully against white render; it gives any type of home a country-cottage vibe.

Bright Coloured Windows

If you really want to have that stand-out, full of character, exterior for your home, try something vibrant and loud. There are plenty of colours to choose from that are bound to catch people’s eyes:

  • Orange
  • Pink
  • Lime
  • Baby blue
  • Yellow

And of course, there are tone variations for all of the above as well.

Brightly coloured windows are a statement piece – if you’re after a bit of fun, bright colours work well.

In terms of maintenance, bright colours are prone to showing up dirt and debris, so you’ll need to keep a relatively tight schedule for their upkeep.

There are a few maintenance issues to consider when deciding on your colour; however, the colour you choose for your exterior windows and doors is a personal preference.