Shutters are the longest lasting window fixture and once installed, are considered to be permanent. In fact, shutters are probably the only window fixture that will add value to your home. As people become more environmentally friendly they are now investing in fixtures that are designed to last and window fixtures are no exception. They are still a very popular addition to the home as they are both stylish and long lasting.
Window shutters can last anywhere between 10 to 20 years and even beyond that, depending on what material they are made of and of course how often they are used. Shutters made of materials such as solid wood are the most durable and even some imitation and artificial wood shutters even though a cheaper option are nonetheless still a good and durable alternative.
It was not until the 16th century that people began to use window shutters for decorative purposes as well as practical ones. Around this time, it started to become increasingly common to see ornate woodwork being used for decorative purposes in homes across the world. Come the Victorian era shutters were used both internally and externally. The plantation shutter gets it’s name as an example from the shutters that were first used in the manor houses on American plantations.
Once we reach the Victorian period, the walls in houses were no longer as thick as they used to be thanks to the introduction of wood and brick in construction. With the thinner walls came thinner window recesses, enabling shutters to be used externally as well as internally which had been the traditional method. Shutters will always be in style because they can be customised to fit any décor and any style from the ultra-modern to the more traditional.