If you are in the market for a new home and are not building the house yourself, you are probably seeing a lot of design choices that are varied. Many people will have curtains or shades that you may wonder if they are going to go with your furniture and your decorations. The curtains that are up in the house may also look old and dated, because the style of curtains comes and goes with fashion trends. They probably aren’t doing much for privacy anyway, and once they were installed they were never moved. Over time, curtains actually start to smell old and musty, and probably are going to cost as much to have them dry cleaned as it would be to buy a whole new set. Curtains are very difficult to consider as an investment or a part of the house that actually keeps any value. If you are lucky, you may be exposed to a few homes that have installed plantation shutters into them, because there is actually value there that does not come and go with fashion trends. Plantation shutters will never go out of style or need to be replaced, and their cleaning involves nothing more than a damp cloth. Of all of the types of window coverings, plantation shutters are the most valuable. If the homes that you are considering have plantation shutters already installed,. you can figure about 5 thousand dollars in value there. This is because the price of the plantation shutters will be offset over time by the savings that they provide. Few people realize that plantation shutters are actually part of your insulation.
Plantation shutters are solid surfaces that allow you to change the position of the louvers through rods that are connected. If you position the louvers so that they are tilting downwards, they have the ability to trap the air on the other side of them, against the window. In areas that are extreme like Las Vegas, you will find that by keeping the air that is heated by the sun shining onto the windows on the opposing side of the shutters, you can dramatically decrease the ambient temperatures of your rooms in hour house. This will translate to air conditioners and heaters that do not need to remain on for the same length of time, and ultimately lower electric and gas bills. Over time, you will find that a home in an area like Las Vegas will save enough every month to pay off the installation of plantation shutters completely within only a few years. Keep this in mind before you invest into curtains or any other form of window covering. That money could be put into a type of window covering that also adds to the functionality of the house itself. This will make your life easier while also adding beauty and elegance to your home that cannot be matched any other way. When you are ready to step up to plantation shutters, give us a call.