Both in style and in the renovation of an old building, as well as in the new architecture, window blinds are often used as a design element. No wonder: window shutters not only adorn the façade, but also offer protection against unwanted insights, weather influences and burglars. An advantage over roller shutter systems: Window shutters do not have to be integrated into the masonry. Thus, no thermal bridges can occur.
Window blinds: Various variants as required
Windows shutters are available in different designs depending on the requirements. In order to be able to ventilate when the load is closed and the light comes into the living space, louvre blinds are often used. Within the framework of the window shutters, horizontal openings are integrated, which can also be adjusted for some models. In casings, on the other hand, the entire wing of the window sill is filled without opening – in rural areas, this variant is often encountered with ornate decorations. Another rural-romantic appearance is boards, which today are mainly used for old buildings, stables and barns. The wing structure is made of simple boards and is usually stiffened with transverse strips.
Folding, positioning and sliding doors
Window shutters also differ according to the way in which they are opened. Folding shutters are most frequently used: Two loading leaves are installed on the outside of the window next to the window. In the open state, they are attached to the outer wall with a hook. A further variant are control panels. These are conventional folding shutters, in the lower half of which an opening is installed. Thus, in spite of the heat-protecting store can be aired or seen from the window. In the case of new buildings, on the other hand, sliders are used. Here, the folding function is omitted: sliders run in rails to the side of the window – along the wall of the house. Your advantage: In strong winds, they can not cause any damage, in contrast to unsecured folding window sheds. If you want to equip a large window front with window shutters for which folding doors are suitable. By means of several fold-out elements, they can cover the entire width. In the closed state, the folded package is pushed alongside the window surface to save space. Also available: decorative shelves; they do not fulfill any further function besides the optics.
Design and operation
Whether as a table-top or modern aluminum, window shutters are available in a variety of variants. Since the shops are constantly exposed to the weather, it is necessary to regularly clean and maintain the wood. Despite the relatively high expenditure, the decision is often deliberately in favor of wood: the traditional character and the environmentally friendly extraction of the renewable raw material are decisive. In addition, wood is particularly suitable as a protection against summer heat, since the natural raw material conducts only little heat. The use of window shutters made of aluminum or plastic, which is particularly suitable for new buildings, is less necessary. In addition to the low maintenance costs, the wide selection of modern designs speaks in every color and form.
Whether wood, plastic or aluminum: anyone who has shops knows the cost of difficult to access windows. However, there is also a solution for this: electric shop openers, some even solar panels, allow convenient opening and closing without bending out of the window. A subsequent attachment is also possible.