window shutters

What are Rear Tilt or Hidden Tilt Shutters?

If you have been shopping for interior shutters, while doing your research you might have seen Rear Tilt or Hidden Tilt shutters and learned that they have advantages over regular tilt shutters. Perhaps you’ve noticed that this new operational feature provides a clean and unobstructed look, as well as enhanced visibility. Rear tilt and Hidden Tilt shutters can have become fashionable in estate homes and modern offices, and yet can be surprisingly affordable. This new feature not only modernizes the look of conventional shutters, they are applicable to any style of design and architecture. 

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Faux Wood Shutter in Los Angeles

Faux Wood Shutters or Real Wood Shutters – What Should I Buy?

Although the popularity of different window treatments are cyclical, and products like Roller Shades and Roman Shades are currently very desirable, Shutters have been and remain the most sought after treatment by Arjay’s customers. There is even the proposition by some people in the real estate business that Shutters increase the value of your home, because once installed, they become a fixed element of your home and therefore would have a positive influence on an appraisal. Realtors also say that when potential home buyers see shutters in a home they always say “Ahhhh Shutters!”

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How to take care of windows in winter

Prepping Your Home to Stay Warm This Winter

During the winter, there are a number of things you can do to ensure your home remains heated throughout the season. You may be asking the question, “Do plantation shutters darken room light?” but you don’t have to worry just because you have exterior shutters, and don’t have to use them every time it gets cold. Knowing how to keep your home warm while enjoying the sunshine takes a little time and effort. Here are a few suggestions:

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Things to avoid while upgrading your home

10 Things To Avoid in Your Home

Things to avoid while upgrading your home

If you’re getting ready to sell your home or are considering redecorating, you may be wondering what you need to do to. Does the old mirror in the bathroom need to be replaced? What about shutters Thousand Oaks residents seem to like? Let’s take a look at ten things to avoid in your home when trying to improve your home’s appearance.

  1. Carpet in odd places. Carpet is great in bedrooms and some public areas of the home, but we’ve all seen monstrosities where “wall-to-wall carpet” meant including it in the bathroom and kitchen, where it became stained, matted and nasty.
  2. Cheap laminate flooring. Quality laminate flooring looks great in your home. But the cheap stuff you just found on clearance? Not only will it wear and warp faster, those fragile click and lock connectors may not even survive installation.
  3. Overly heavy draperies. These kinds of draperies look okay in an old Victorian mansion, but in most modern homes, they just weigh down the decor. Stick with something lighter that lets the daylight in.
  4. Too much sun. Speaking of daylight, there can be too much of a good thing. If you have problems with fading or hot temperatures because of the sun shining in, consider adding the shutters Malibu residents find perfect for this problem
  5. Old-fashioned vertical or recalled blinds. Though modern vertical blinds come in many styles to fit almost any decor, the old industrial-grade ones have got to go. If they have the loop controls that have been recalled, just get rid of them. Try the custom blinds Thousand Oaks homeowners love instead.
  6. Wallpaper. Though newer wallpaper is a better than memories of yesteryear’s peeling, yellowing papers, it’s also often used as a cheap cover-up for wall problems and is a pain to remove if you want to change it out.
  7. Too much stuff. We all have too much stuff, but you don’t need to keep all that stuff on display. Try reducing how much you have out at one time and invest in some good organizational pieces.
  8. Fluorescent lighting. It’s great for a shop or home office, but keep it out of the kitchen, especially if you want to avoid that horrible, washed-out skin tone your office lighting seems to provide.
  9. Cheap fake wood paneling. We’re talking about the 4′ by 8′ sheets of wall board that falls apart if you look at it wrong. You could put it in the basement rec room, but will you use the rec room if you can’t stand the look?
  10. Lightweight curtain rods. You know, the ones that bend and fall down if your one pound kitten accidentally gets a claw stuck and pulls gently. Invest in quality hardware to keep your window treatments looking awesome.

With these items in mind, it’s time to get to work! Take a look at a local showroom to find exactly what you need to get the job done right.

Plantation Shutters

10 Questions to Consider Before Buying Plantation Shutters

When you’re considering plantation shutters for your home or business, there are several things to consider when making your final decision. Here are some questions to ask to make sure you’re getting the perfect plantation shutters for your windows.

Plantation Shutters

1. What kind of wood are they constructed from?

Popular options include poplar, a lightweight wood with straight, smooth grain, oak , a heavier wood with a strong grain and lots of character and a variety of hardwoods.

2. Do I want wood or poly shutters?

Wood is lighter and stronger than faux wood plantation shutters, so they can be larger, up to about three feet wide. Fewer panels means a better view. Wood shutters can be painted or stained to match existing trim, while poly shutters come in white and off-white, requiring plastic paint to change color.

3. What size louver do you need?

Most shutters are purchased with 3 ½” louvers, but there has been a rising demand for 4 ½” louvers. This is because larger windows and sliding glass doors, open floor plans and modern design work better with larger louvers.

4. Do I need a midrail?

A midrail allows the louvers above and below that point to open and close independently. You can open one for light and leave the other closed for privacy. It also hides dark metal window casings.

5. Can I get shutters without the vertical tilt board visible?

Hidden tilt shutters are a great option. A slender metal bar on the back of the shutters control them, creating a different appearance and allowing more light through.

6. Will shutters work with a sliding glass door?

Absolutely! The panels are installed in a track in the slider opening, so they panels slide to open and close. There’s also options for adding a lower track to increase stability and an open louver bypass, allowing you to move the panels despite the louvers being open.

7. How expensive are they?

Like so many things, it depends. How large is the window you’re covering? Do you want specific options? All these items tie into the total cost.

8. How long do they take to arrive?

It will depend on whether there are shutters already available in the size you need or if they must be special ordered. A sales representative will take your window measurements and can give you a better idea of the timeline.

9. Should I use wood or poly in a garage or bathroom?

Many people choose poly for these areas because of the excessive moisture and humidity. If you’re looking at a window in a shower, you should stick with poly to avoid swelling and rotting wood.

10. Are they American-made?

Buying products made in the USA helps support our economy.

Now that you know what to look for, make an appointment for a consultation or check out a showroom to find the perfect shutters Calabasas homes need.