You might have heard the terms roll shutters and retractable screens thrown around when looking for window treatments, but has anyone stopped to tell you the difference? Do you know which one is right for you? These terms might be used interchangeably by some companies but they are not the same thing, so before you make a large, potentially custom, purchase here’s what you need to know between roll shutters and retractable screens.
What are they?
Roll shutters are window treatments, like retractable screens. But unlike retractable screens, they are installed on the outside of a window or your home. They are offered in a variety of colours and are custom fit to the size of your windows to ensure that it looks as if they were meant to be there. Roll shutters are incredibly durable and come with manufacturer’s warranties but be sure to check out exactly what is and isn’t covered in the warranty.
How do I know if I need them?
Roll shutters are usually more for protection purposes. They are installed on the outside of your window to ensure the glass doesn’t break, and they help prevent damage to the frame. Many people who own cottages or cabins install these so that during the off-season they can protect their property from any inclement weather or hazards that would potentially damage or break windows. Often, retail shop owners with windows in the front of their property also use this style of window covering while business is closed to prevent robberies. Overall these are a great, decorative option to protect windows and frames from damage as you cannot always be at your cottage or business.
What are they?
Retractable screens are a decorative option that you can add to just about any window in your home. They are retractable so easily removed – either manually or automatically with a remote. These screens are installed on the inside of a window and act to provide privacy and even help make your home a little more efficient keeping the heat/cool in, depending on the season.
What’s so great about them?
Retractable screens give privacy without completely blocking your view like traditional blackout curtains would. They roll up into a 5” box, so they are easily out of the way if you want to let the light in, and you’ll save money with the added energy efficiency. These can be customized to the size of your windows. What’s great is that they work for areas even without windows – decks, patios, gazebos and even garages! These screens provide shade to enjoy the warm weather without having to sit out with the hot sun. These screens are best for those who enjoy spending time outside during the warmer weather but don’t necessarily want to be exposed to the sun’s rays for hours on end. Or, they could be used in a sunroom where the shade is occasionally desired.
Roll shutters and retractable screens will add so much to your home, cottage or business – you simply need to decide which option best suits your needs. Both provide privacy and protection from UV damage and can be customized for your home.