Shutters and awnings improve your comfort and contribute to the global aesthetics of the building. Which equipment is best suited to your needs, safety and habits? Let’s take a quick view of what’s for sale in the exterior joinery department.
Swinging or Rolling, Adapt Shutters to Your Needs
Swing Shutters: Still a Favourite
Swing shutters are the most traditional models, they are simple and robust, with no complicated mechanisms. They liven up the facade and bring character to the house, and they are also easily adaptable to local urban planning rules. All these qualities make swing shutters resistant to the competition of roller shutters, although the latter are considered more practical. The wide choice of materials (PVC, aluminium and wood) allows for different aesthetics but will impact the price. This will allow you to find your ideal model, matching both your taste and your budget. Note that steel provides greater protection against burglaries.
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Roller Shutters: The Most Practical
Roller shutters are considered more practical than swing shutters, which is largely due to the fact that they can be operated from inside the house. For more convenience, you can even choose the motorized option, which can also be coupled with a home automation device, allowing the opening and closing time of the shutters to be programmed. Technophiles will immediately be seduced by the possibility of connecting their installation. The possibility to control everything just from a smartphone app can be a decisive factor in the choice of your joinery.
Awnings to Filter Light
Retractable Awnings: A Basic
The retractable awning is just about simplicity, ideal to give a personal touch to your home’s windows or to protect your balcony in the city. It efficiently protects your rooms against UV rays, while letting light in.It is a simple system, composed of a canvas that wraps around a steel tube. It is operated by two lateral arms that project it up to 180°. Without a cassette, this awning is small in size, lightweight and easy to install and repair. All these qualities allow it to adapt to any type of configuration and to be a good alternative to the cassette awning, where its installation is impossible. To improve its aesthetics and personalize it, it can be completed with a customized border. With manual or electric control, it can be equipped with a programmer to deploy it at times convenient to you. In its connected version, it can even be operated remotely from a smartphone app depending on the weather.
“All these qualities allow it to adapt to any type of configuration and to be a good alternative to the cassette awning, where its installation is impossible.”
Cassette Awnings: Perfect for Your Terrace
The cassette awning is more adapted to a terrace. It is composed of a wide canvas, which unfolds with the help of articulated arms, to protect you from the sun or even from a faint drizzle. It is operated either by crank or motor. This awning can be equipped with an integral box, protecting it completely from the elements when folded, or with a semi-box, leaving the arms and sides of the awning exposed to the external weather, but facilitating any repairs and adjustments that may be necessary. The single-block awning has no cassette and is also the cheapest in its category. However, as its lack of protection exposes it to the elements, it is preferable to install it on a sheltered facade or under a roof overhang.