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What shutters should I install on my facade? Not so easy to answer given the plethoric offer. Here are some things to help you make the right choice. The shutters create complete or partial darkness in the rooms, of course. But they also serve as a solar barrier by stopping 95% of the sun's heat. They strengthen the thermal insulation of the home but also its sound insulation. Finally, they improve security by being dissuasive for burglars, and prevent hooking when they are reinforced.
Swinging, rolling, sliding shutters…
- Swing shutters are the most common. They are found in aluminum, PVC, wood and metal. They are to be avoided when the windows are too close to each other, on pain of overlapping. - The shutters or jalousies are shutters which fold in on themselves. They are made of wood, metal or PVC. - Roller shutters are presented as a single unit which is placed above the window. They can be built into the wall (rather for new buildings) or surface mounted inside the house (for renovations without heavy work). We can motorize them. - Finally, the wooden sliding shutters are back in fashion because they bring a design note to the facade. They come in two systems: foldable (they slide by folding perpendicular to the window) or sliding along the facade.
Wooden shutters are the most sought after. Their thickness is generally 27 or 32 mm, and 57 mm for Provençal shutters with crossed blades. Louvered shutters are available in American (rounded blades) and French (flat blades) models. Particularly aesthetic, the wooden shutter is a sure bet. In addition, it is very solid and insulating. It is resistant to frost and temperature variations. It is ideal for paints and stains. And above all, we can plan it, touch it up or even cut a piece so that it perfectly matches an existing opening. It lends itself to all styles, both contemporary and traditional. Its disadvantage: it requires regular maintenance (painting every 6 to 8 years and stain every 2 to 4 years).
PVC shutters have good insulating qualities. Rot-proof, they are particularly easy to maintain. They generally only exist in 6 or 7 colors, from white to pastel shades. Indeed, PVC does not support dark colors, which absorb heat and can cause deformation of the shutter. However, it is possible to heat-seal a colored film on the shutter. We then speak of "plaxed" models. These are systematically reinforced, which increases their solidity and resistance to burglary. PVC does not allow large closures. It is relatively sensitive to impact and cannot be repaired. Finally, it does not support the slightest error in dimension because it is difficult or impossible to adjust it.
Take into account the legislation
Before buying shutters, a quick visit to the town hall of your place of residence or to your co-ownership property manager is essential. Indeed, there are sometimes local restrictions regarding the color and material of the shutters. You must therefore be in compliance with municipal and prefectural regulations. In addition, if your home is located on a classified site, again, you will have to comply with the specific conditions of the architect of the Buildings of France.