Shutters: Choosing the best for your homeJune 24, 2021
The summer heat is approaching: to shield the entry of sunlight and avoid excessive overheating of the rooms of the house, it is necessary to equip yourself properly. A solution that offers considerable advantages is the shutters: we discover strengths and weaknesses, investigating which is the best material to choose.
Did you notice last summer that some rooms in your house get so hot that it is difficult to stay in them? So would you like to run for cover before the good weather, the heat, and the muggy weather return again? The problem is the lack of shutters on the windows, so the solution is to have them installed: but which ones?
They allow a minimum passage of light, both from semi-open and closed; they protect from rain by channeling water; add an aesthetic characterization to the home thanks to the current customization possibilities. They consist of a fixed frame, a mobile frame, and a screen, formed by transversal blades that modulate the passage of sunlight without preventing the ventilation of the environment.
The shutters, on the other hand, have a single surface, from which not even a thread of light passes through, and which have a single method of opening, unlike the shutters that can open to a bottom hinged or folding. They are used to cover the outside of a French door or a window and are also very useful in discouraging any external intrusions. They are made with both internal and external coplanar door frames, and in some cases with concealed wall hinges.
PVC, wood, aluminum, or wood-aluminum: which material do I choose for my shutters?
Let’s start by saying that today’s products are all on average functional, but it is clear that there are differences in performance and costs. Let’s find out in detail.
PVC shutters have interesting advantages:
- Thermal insulation;
- Stability and durability;
- Resistance to atmospheric agents, salt, smog, and fire;
- Excellent cost/benefit ratio;
- Times dedicated to cleaning and maintenance almost non-existent;
- Lightweight and easy to handle.
In terms of costs, generally for a PVC shutter, you can spend from $ 362.32 to $ 2662.24 approximately, depending on various factors such as the size or type of opening.
As for the wooden shutters, the advantages are:
- Thermal insulation, ensured by the low conductivity value of the wood;
- Eco-sustainability, being a completely natural and recyclable material;
- Durability over time, thanks also to the numerous treatments that today guarantee its survival;
- Aesthetic beauty and quality;
- Adaptability to both classic and traditional styles, as well as modern and innovative ones.
However, there are also disadvantages, represented by maintenance, which must be well done and constant, aimed at guaranteeing protection from:
- Bird droppings: guano is an acid compound, capable of damaging the wood and the superficial layers of paint;
- Xylophagous insects: termites or house capricorns dig real tunnels in the wood;
- Mushrooms: they find cultivation ground when there is high humidity and must be eradicated with special treatments
- Inadequate seasoning of the wood: in this case, warping in the wood or conspicuous shrinkage cracks may occur.
Regarding their cost, it is obvious that if you are looking for a quality product with good resistance over time, you must take into account a fairly high expense. The cheapest wooden shutters are those of fir, or other soft woods such as pine, which can be found from € 350; if, on the other hand, you are looking for a more valuable and durable product, you need to focus on hard woods such as Douglas fir, oak, ash and mahogany, which cost almost € 90-100 more than the others.
Other factors that will affect the price are the shape, since particular cuts will need more precision in the execution, and the type of opening required (the cheapest are the traditional shutters with hinged opening).
The aluminum shutters include among the advantages:
- Ease and speed of installation;
- Subtlety of profiles;
- Good performance from the point of view of thermal and acoustic insulation (if with thermal break);
- Considerable customization: the aluminum shutters can be modeled and colored, as well as made to measure (even with particular shapes such as arched ones).
An aluminum swing shutter measuring 70 × 120 cm, with ordinary finishes, has a market price ranging from $ 456.83 upwards, while for a sliding aluminum shutter of the same size, approximately $ 110.27-126.02 must be added. in addition to the classic swing opening. Also in this case, therefore, the cost varies based on dimensions, shapes, opening methods, and customizations.
There are also products that allow you to add the advantages of wood and aluminum, minimizing their defects, namely wood-aluminum shutters.
These combine the insulation and versatility of wood with the strength and sturdiness of aluminum; therefore, you will not have to deal with the ordinary maintenance of wood and with the problem of the thermal conductivity of aluminum. The cost of wood-aluminum shutters obviously depends on the size, type of glass, and type of opening.
About the first factor:
- A wooden aluminum shutter with 1 door of 70 × 120 can start from the price of $ 708.88;
- The wooden aluminum shutters with 2 doors of 120 × 140 will have a price of around $1039.69;
- For a 120 × 220 2-leaf wood-aluminum shutter door the cost will start from $ 1449.27;
Installation of shutters: an intervention that falls within the tax deductions?
At this point, we want to conclude by further investigating the issue of costs. In fact, it is true that we have given some general indications in the previous paragraph, but it is also true that to be more exhaustive it is also necessary to mention the tax incentives for those who decide to install or replace the shutters.
The tax deduction consists of a reduction in taxes for an amount equal to 50% of the expenditure incurred for the purchase and installation of shielding systems and high energy efficiency, as well as for the removal of any pre-existing systems and other ancillary works. If the total cost of the work, however, is beyond the maximum ceiling of $ 94517.40, the excess amount will not be included in the tax benefit.
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