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The Right Motorized Shutters for Your Home

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Adding motorized shutters to your home is always a good idea, as they instantly add style, convenience, safety, and even energy efficiency. There are lots of different kinds of window shutters, with each type offering different benefits and styles. With so many options, how do you go about choosing the best window shutters for your home? It’s simple: focus on style, location, and window size.

To begin, you need to pay attention to the style of your home when choosing your window shutters. It’s easy to find exterior shutters to match the style of any home, but you do need to find shutters that match. For example, Ranch and Cape Cod style homes look best with raised panel and louvered shutters, while French Country homes go great with board and batten shutters.

Consult with your shutter supplier if you need help determining what style your home is, or what kind of shutters will look best with that style. Your home’s location should also a big part in choosing the best window shutters. This is especially true if you live in an area that’s prone to severe weather like hurricanes and storms, like Florida. For example, Florida residents should look for shutters that have approval from the Florida Building Commission (FBC) to be sure that they will stand up to high velocity hurricane winds.

There are similar approval systems in place for Florida shutters, as they also have to stand up to severe weather. Your home’s location also determines the installation requirements for your window shutters.  For example, coastal homes are required to follow approved hurricane installation guidelines, including the type of fasteners and spacing of fasteners as determined by the location’s pound per square food (PSF) calculations. Be sure to consult with your local laws to make sure your window shutters meet any and all installation requirements.

Finally, you need to pay attention to the size of the window opening when shopping for window shutters. Some window shutter materials are not suited for large openings, while others can cover great distances. For example, if you’re looking to add shutters to your sliding glass doors, you won’t want to install plantation shutters. Sliding doors are usually best covered by a roll down shutter because of their size. Or, if you want to cover attic windows that have odd shapes, you might need to invest in custom shutters to match the shape perfectly for a better fit.

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It’s not as hard as you might think to find the right window shutters for your home. The best place to start is by focusing on location, style, and size. If you need a little more assistance choosing the best shutters for your home, McNeill Palm can help. We offer premium motorized shutter services along with a range of other motorized window covering services so your home can be the best it can be. Give us a call today to learn more about what we can do for you and your home.

Can You Mix and Match Window Treatments?

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Sometimes homeowners are tempted mix and match window coverings in the same room or around the house. Can you have everything from blinds and drapes to shades and window coverings with Hunter Douglas PowerView® Motorization in your home?

There really is no specific rule about mixing and matching window coverings. However, you should always use caution when getting creative with your window covering design, and keep these tips in mind:

  • Watch Your Layering – You can definitely layer two window treatments on one window, but you need to be careful that they don’t drown out the room. If you layer properly, you can add lots of interest and texture to a space while maintaining function. For example, you can pair an opaque cellular shade with a sheer curtain to block out light when necessary but still have some privacy when the shade is up. The ideal way to layer on one window is to put decoration over a more permanent or custom treatment, like a window shutter. This way you can change the decorative treatment as you wish, but the function stays the same.
  • One Treatment Per Room – You should not have different window treatments in the same room. Window treatments like shutters help define a space, so having more than one treatment can make a room feel disjointed or awkward. It may be tempting to interchange treatments in large rooms, but its still a better idea to keep things consistent. This can get tricky with modern open floor plan homes. If your intent is to break up the room into several distinct areas, using different coverings might define each space. But proceed with caution.
  • Keep The Same Functional Coverings– One easy way to keep up your curb appeal is to layer all the windows in the house with the same permanent and functional coverings under more unique treatments. Many designers recommend a neutral looking treatment for all their windows, as they enhance curb appeal while being versatile enough to blend into the different styles of each individual room. Try pairing functional coverings with different curtains in separate rooms to keep your windows looking uniform from the curb while allowing each room to have its own personality on the inside.
  • Be Aware of Curb Appeal – There are no rules about using different treatments in different rooms throughout the house. However, many designers recommend using the same or similar treatments all around the home to keep a cohesive design feel. You can use different treatments to make rooms stand out, but when in doubt, go for the same. This is especially true when you consider curb appeal. Homes with matching window treatments look much more uniform and appealing from the street. If you use the same window treatment for all street-facing windows, people see the home as an entity rather than having one window or room stand out too much.

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McNeill Palm is here to help if you want more information on window coverings, including those with Hunter Douglas PowerView® Motorization. Call or visit us today.

Alternative Window Shutter Materials

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Wood motorized louvered pergolas are always classic and stylish. However, sometimes you want to go a different way for your motorized louvered pergolas. There are lots of other materials that offer more durability, better affordability, less maintenance and many more benefits over wood. If these benefits seem interesting for you and your home, keep reading to learn more about alternate motorized louvered pergolas materials.

  • MDF – MDF, or medium density fiberboard, is sawdust mixed with glue, formed into whatever shape that’s desired. MDF pergolas can be coated in many different materials including paint and vinyl wrap. MDF is very affordable but can be built to look just like more expensive wood. MDF motorized louvered pergolas are stable and are great at resistant warping. However, MDF doesn’t stand up well to moisture, and MDF pergolas have been known to peel and swell when they get too wet. MDF also doesn’t respond well to staining.
  • Laminate – Laminate motorized louvered pergolas are made from thin slats of lumber that are glued together to make the desired shape. They are quite stable when made properly, and can be painted, stained or wrapped. Laminate is a great alternative to wood, as they have similar properties. Laminate is also a lot more affordable than wood. However, this material does not hold up well to moisture, and often deteriorates quickly when exposed to a wet environment.
  • PVC – PVC, or Polyvinyl Chloride, is a hollow vinyl material. It has a hollow extrusion or can be made with reinforced webbing on the interior. PVC is easily recognized by its lack of finish, and the caps on the edges of the shutter blades for sealing. PVC is very affordable, but that’s because it’s cheaply made. PVC pergolas often have a plastic appearance, can yellow when exposed to too much direct sunlight, and can become brittle after years of use. PVC motorized louvered pergolas cannot be stained, and only come in a few color options. However, their low-price tag is very attractive.
  • Foamed Synthetics – Foamed synthetic motorized louvered pergolas are set apart by a reasonable price, water resistance, fire resistance, non-toxic construction, and superior insulation. Some kinds of foamed synthetic pergolas are built with aluminum centers that reinforce the shutter for help prevent bowing and sagging. These pergolas come in many different colors, shapes and sizes, and often look very similar to wood. Of all the synthetic shutter materials, foamed synthetics are probably the best, even though they are not as stiff or light as wood, limiting the design options. Foamed synthetic motorized louvered pergolas also cannot be stained, and usually aren’t built to be bigger than 80 to 96 inches.

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If you are interested in non-wood materials for your motorized louvred pergolas, you should contact McNeill Palm. We would love to offer you expert advice on window coverings and motorized louvred pergolas. Please pay us a visit or give us a call to learn more about what we can do for you and your home or motorized louvred pergolas.