Shutters

Hinged shutters

Most common type of shutter layout is a standard hinged shutter that is used in a window or doorway. These are mainly used by mounting in a frame within the reveal or onto the Architrave allowing easy access to the window for cleaning or opening the windows, and in all cases the levers are able to be opened for the light and breeze.

All material types can be used in this layout setup.

Sliding Shutters

When you have a sliding aluminium door one of the best ways to cover these are to use a sliding shutter that copies the layout of the door, these can be done with all material types.

Sliding shutters can also be used as a room divider as well as external patio enclosures.

Bi-fold shutters

Bi-fold shutters are able to be used on doorways, room dividers, patio enclosures and windows. They have the ability to have multiple panels stack back to the side/s, allowing the opening to have a clean view. These are ideal for stacking glass sliders. The other main feature of Bi-folding shutters is that they will line up flat when closed, compared to a slider that needs to be staggers for the doors to pass one another.

Fixed shutters

These are used mainly to fill the void between two rooms where there is no access needed, the levers will be able to shut or open with ease. The other use is for an external patio or veranda to keep the weather out with the Aluminium shutters.

Shaped shutters

Shaped shutters are used in applications such as arched windows or doors, Raked windows and many more shape. The combination of shapes and styles are huge, the shaped shutters are limited to the internal shutters.

External Shutters

Our external shutters are mainly Aluminium shutters with 4 colours of white, birch, silver and black.

The main use for Aluminium is external but there is no reason why we cannot use the internally!

The layouts are as above which allows a large range of mounting methods for enclosing your alfresco area.

A History of Shutters

Shutters for windows have been around for thousands of years. They are believed to have originated in ancient Greece and slowly spread across the continent, first to the Mediterranean and then to Northern Europe. The aim of shutters in ancient times were to provide light control and primitive air conditioning in hot locations. Those in Greece were believed to be made of marble and therefore were a luxury for the rich. As the idea of shutters spread west to the Roman Empire they became wooden although they where held together with iron grills.

Evidence of panelled and louvered designs similar to modern shutter design has been discovered in Pompeii. At this point in history shutters where limited to being open or closed but the invention of the adjustable louvered shutters changed this. Shutters could now be adjusted to allow in varying amounts of light and heat into a room. Shutters tended to be on the outside of building and in less warm environments they were used to protect the building from rain and wind.

As glass windows slowly developed shutters became limited to the bottom half of windows as the tops tended to be made of glass. As glass became cheaper whole windows replaced the glass and shutter combination. At this point in history circa 16th Century most houses were constructed out of thick stone and couldn’t easily be fastened from inside the window so they moved from outside a building to the inside. With glass becoming common, shutters shifted from having a practical use in terms of protecting from the extremes of weather, to being a decorative addition to a house.