What Is The Difference Between Roller Shades And Roller Shutters?

What Is The Difference Between Roller Shades And Roller Shutters?

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Window coverings are often overlooked as a key feature to a home, but can make all the difference in transforming the appearance of your house. There are many window coverings available on the market such as curtains, blinds, roller shades and roller shutters, all offering different features and benefits. So when dressing your windows, it is important to understand the different types of coverings available, and what they have to offer.

What are curtains and blinds?
Curtains are soft fabric panels installed over a window frame to provide a soft shade to a room. There are generally decorative curtains, block out curtains and sheer curtains available in a wide range of materials, and can be hung at any length to suit the window for a room. Curtains are a great feature to any room and can be layered up or used in conjunction with other window coverings such as blinds or roller shutters. 


Blinds could be considered more of a hard covering to a window. Blinds can be made from a range of materials including wood, plastic, metal, aluminium, vinyl or fabric, and generally come in the style of roller, venetian or roman. Blinds are typically made in standard window sizes and lengths, however custom blinds can be ordered through some suppliers. A blind installation is a good option that allows you to control how much light you let into a room during the day.


What are roller shades?

Roller shades or roller blinds are a popular affordable option to block out light and keep a room cool in summer and warm in winter. While they can provide a block out solution, there can still be a slight gap between the window and the blind, therefore it is difficult to achieve complete block out with roller shades. Roller shades are often used in areas such as bathrooms and laundry rooms where moisture can be present, whereas a curtain in these areas could be prone to mould and thus deterioration.

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What are roller shutters?

Roller shutters are an external window covering that provide the ultimate level of protection to your windows, while also offering many other benefits that cannot be achieved with internal soft or hard window coverings. 

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Roller shutter installation not only provides shade from the sun like other window coverings, but they also offer a security barrier to your windows. Made from aluminium slats, roller shutters can protect your home from potential intruders or from weather. They also can act as a barrier for noise, and provide insulation to your home, keeping it warmer in winter and cooler in summer, while reducing your power bill.

Which window coverings should I get?

With all these window covering options, it can be hard to determine which is the best option for you. While roller shades may seem an affordable option, they are subject to deterioration being in the harsh Australian sun day in, day out. You can almost guarantee that roller shades or blinds will eventually require replacement. Curtains may be the most affordable window covering option, however they often merely provide an aesthetic solution to covering your windows. For the most comprehensive and long lasting window covering solution, roller shutters are a great investment. 

As one of the leading suppliers of roller shutters in South East Queensland, at QLD Roller Shutters, our team of experts can help you to get the perfect window covering solution for your home. We can custom build a roller shutter to match and fit your home perfectly, and offer a 5 year guarantee on all installations. For your convenience, we also offer a payment plan for you to make fortnightly instalments without paying any interest. Click here to find out more about our payment plan options with Humm

Get in contact with us today to start planning your roller shutter installation. With our quick turnaround time, you can start to enjoy all the benefits roller shutters have to offer sooner rather than later.

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