Taking an environmentally friendly approach to home improvement won’t just leave a smaller dent on your conscience. If you choose products that are made to last, they won’t need to be replaced as often, so it’s easier on the wallet, too. And in the case of window coverings, making the right decision can even help you keep your energy costs down. This post explains why plantation shutters are the most eco friendly window coverings that money can buy, and how they can help save you time and money – as well as the planet.
Why plantation shutters are the most eco friendly window coverings
Plantation shutters can last for at least 20 years with very little maintenance. They are not subject to deterioration in the same way as curtains, which need to be washed regularly in order to prevent mites or unpleasant odours, gradually wearing the fabric down. A light dusting every so often is all they need. Decent, made-to-measure plantation shutters are also much sturdier than blinds, which tend to last between two and seven years depending on what they’re made from and how well they are looked after.
You can further reduce your carbon footprint by choosing plantation shutters from sustainable sources. At Shutter Design, our most eco friendly window coverings are the Vancouver, Phoenix and Seattle ranges:
– Vancouver – this range of plantation shutters is made from cedar hardwood supplied by the Western Red Cedar Lumber Association. The wood is either replanted after harvesting or taken from designated, carefully managed forest areas.
– Phoenix – ‘phoenix’ is a very fast-growing hardwood, and as such is ideal for farming in managed plantations. The attractive grain is reminiscent of oak but with much less growing time needed, it’s much more sustainable.
– Seattle – no trees are cut down in the making of this range, which consists of a series of veneered lumber cores (typically basswood off-cuts), laminated together with epoxy and sealed in a polymer outer coating.
A further environmental benefit of plantation shutters is their fantastic insulating properties. The only other window covering that comes close to is heavy-pelmet curtains, which tend to be very expensive. Not only can you save money on heating; you won’t need a fan during the summer as shutters are also very effective at keeping interiors cool.
A comparison of the different types of window coverings and their properties can be found here. It’s an Australian site, so the average prices are displayed in Australian dollars, but it is useful as a guide.
You can further reduce your carbon footprint by choosing a local supplier, as your shutters won’t have to travel hundreds of miles to reach you. Based in York, Shutter Design supplies high quality, made-to-measure plantation shutters to customers throughout the North of England. To arrange a free consultation or for further information on our most eco friendly window coverings, call us today on 01423 359230 and we’ll discuss your requirements with you in detail.