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Using Shutters as Window Coverings? Here Are the Advantages and Disadvantages

October 18, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — Southern Shutters Shades and Blinds @ 7:03 pm
a woman looking through her shutters to the outside

As you find yourself in the design phase of your new home, you’re probably looking at and considering numerous options, patterns, styles, and functionality when it comes to your windows and how best to cover them. Depending on where you live, your own personal interests, likes, and dislikes, you might tend to sway one way more than the other; however, there are some advantages and disadvantages of using shutters as window coverings. To find out what they are, allow us to explain.


If you are considering shutters to cover the many windows throughout your house, this can be a viable and practical option, especially if you are concerned about weather conditions in your area or want maximum privacy. By choosing this solution, you will also have a number of additional benefits, including:

  • Aesthetic: With shutters, you can forget about needing blinds that can get tangled and knotted together. Instead, shutters give you an opportunity to create an aesthetically pleasing visual that is capable of matching with nearly any design you choose. They’re extremely versatile.
  • Comfortable: What this means is you can expect the rooms in which your shutters live will be temperature controlled. If it is freezing cold outside, your shutters can keep the heat in while making sure the frigid winds stay out, whereas, in the summertime, they can block the heat and prevent the sweltering temperature from rising.
  • Block Sunlight: Depending on how you adjust your shutters, they can keep the sun from beaming into a particular room. They can also make the dimmest room seem brighter if that is what you prefer.
  • Easy to Maintain: All you need is a damp cloth or duster to clean your shutters. Because they are panels, you can swipe and clean as opposed to taking down heavy curtains and washing them.

Other distinct advantages to having shutters as window coverings include the fact they are cost-effective and can save you a lot of money, they can last for years, give you the privacy you desire, are easy to use, and they can fit almost any window size or shape.

Oh, and there’s no strings attached…literally!


As you find yourself mulling over all the advantages, it’s important that you consider the disadvantages that come with using shutters as window coverings, such as:

  • Limited Visibility from the Inside: If you want a clear, complete view from your window each day, you might want to consider another option. Due to the way they’re made, shutters will always obscure your view in some way.
  • Clear Visibility from the Outside: When outside, shutters are clearly visible, so if you want a treatment that is practically invisible to the individual outside your home, try considering another alternative.
  • Replacement Difficulties: Depending on what happens, replacing a broken panel or shutter can be costly. More times than not, you won’t be able to fix it on your own.

It’s obvious that the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages when it comes to covering your windows with shutters. These beautiful and timeless window treatments can have your home looking better than ever but remember to consider all your options and don’t be afraid to talk to a professional for additional information.

About the Company

If you’re looking to transform the look of your windows and shutters, look no further than Southern Shutters. Our friendly staff consists of highly qualified, skilled, and trained professionals who take pride in the work we provide to our customers. For more than 25 years, we have served the people of Austin and have expanded to Manor and Georgetown, Texas. Our clients know that when they call us, they can expect nothing but the best from our team of experts. To find out how we can help your home achieve an updated, customized look and feel, contact us at (512) 931-0400.

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