Screens & Shutters

Solar Window Screens

According to a recent study by the U.S. Department of Energy, shading a home’s windows and doors is the best way to prevent heat from building up inside the structure. Placing solar window screens on exterior windows and doors is the most effective home treatment to counter these effects.

By placing solar screens on exposed exterior windows and doors, homeowners can reduce interior temperatures by as much as 20 degrees.  Now that’s cool!

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Solar Window Screens

Solar window screens can help lower your home energy bills. They’re added to the exterior of your home windows, much like a regular window screen. They significantly reduce the amount of exterior heat that can be transferred through your windows from the outside, without blocking views from inside the home.

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There are two types of window shutters: internal and external. This article discusses the differences between the two types.

Exterior Shutters

External window shutters are installed on the exterior of a home and come in two types:

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Discussing the Differences Between Low and High Quality Window Shutters

At first glance, low quality window shutters may look like high quality shutters, but they rarely perform the same. Fortunately, you can tell the difference between the two by taking a closer look at construction, design, and thickness.

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Looking at the Different Types of Window Screens

Window screens are also called insect screens. They’re used to cover the opening of a window. Their main purpose is to protect against insects and flying debris. However, some also protect against harmful rays, unwanted light, and even inclement weather.

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Types of Window Shutters

April 21, 2011

Looking at the Different Types of Window Shutters

Window shutters are either operable or fixed. These optional window treatments give homes a touch of class by adding an attractive accessory to the inside or outside of the home. Window shutters are made of materials such as wood, vinyl, and aluminum. Operable shutters protect against bad weather conditions, flying debris, and intruders. Light control and added security are also benefits.

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Examining Wood Window Shutters: Advantages and Disadvantages

Wood shutters may be used on the inside or outside. Inside shutters are decorative, but functional, while many exterior wood shutters are fixed, so they don’t close.

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Examining Fiberglass Window Shutters: Advantages and Disadvantages

Fiberglass window shutters aren’t as common as wood, but they are slowly becoming more popular due to durability and longevity.

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Examining Aluminum Window Shutters: Advantages and Disadvantages

Window shutters have two main uses. They’re an alternative to other window treatments and they protect the home from the elements. Although wood is the most common material for shutters, aluminum is also used — especially for exterior windows.

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Discussing the Differences Between Low and High Quality Wood Window Shutters

High-end manufacturers have two things in common: reputation and warranty. You can trust that a high-end manufacturer is skilled at constructing high quality products. Unfortunately, not everyone can afford to shop at Andersen or Pella. So before buying wood window shutters from a low-budget manufacturer, there are several things to consider including design, thickness, and construction.

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