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ALUMINUM PLANTATION SHUTTERS, AN INNOVATIVE ALTERNATIVE TO EXTERIOR SHADE SCREENS

Dena Dillon - Tuesday, January 13, 2015

OUTDOOR LIVING AROUND THE WORLD HAS ALWAYS BEEN PART OF LIFE

For many years other countries have understood that the backyard is a whole lot more than a place to kick a ball. They build outdoor rooms to expand their lives drawing them into nature and a world of relaxation and play which nurtures their well being and helps them find their inner joy.

TODAY, AMERICANS WANT IT PART OF THEIR LIVES TOO

Americans are spending an increasing amount of time in sterile offices with artificial light and have a greater desire than ever before to have the relaxing and inspiring qualities of nature so they are building outdoor rooms.

CREATING A TRUE OUTDOOR ROOM

Patios, porches, decks, and terraces have always been popular extensions to the American home. However by simply adding the right combination of protection, privacy, furniture and accessories, Americans are creating a true outdoor room. A relaxing retreat just outside their door yet worlds away. It allows them to experience nature and the comforts of the indoors at the same time.

Open for a complete outdoor feel



Close the panels and operate the louvers to control the elements more efficiently than shade screens


THE CHALLENGE OF BLOCKING WIND RAIN OR SUN

However one of the first challenges to making their porch, patio,or deck a true outdoor room is enclosing it, and finding solution to protect their expensive furniture, TVs, sound systems and outdoor kitchens from the wind, rain and sun. An exterior shade screen is the immediate solution that comes to mind however, although the shade screen will reduce the sun and glare, it can’t effectively block the wind or rain. Weatherwell Elite, an aluminum plantation shutter, is fast becoming the popular alternative with its operable louvers that can close tight to completely block the elements or be angled to control the sun whilst still allowing airflow. Wetherwell Elite, is a popular outdoor space enclosure option all over the world, but seems to be largely unknown here in North America.  The outdoor plantation shutters offer another key advantage over exterior shade screens, flexibility. Aluminium plantation shutters have the flexibility to completely fold back the panels to enjoy the full view when desired,(they are available as sliding and bi-folds) to close tight, or a part option, which is where you keep the panels closed but angle the louvers so you can enjoy the view as mentioned above, and control the light. Shade screens only block the sun and are either up or down.

HOW DO YOU MAKE YOUR OUTDOOR ROOM SECURE

The second challenge homeowners encounter when creating their outdoor sanctuaries is security. Americans are wanting luxury in their outdoor retreats and are investing in expensive accessories like media systems, kitchen gear, and furniture and decor. These can’t be secured with shade screens. Weatherwell Elite has key lockable panels and the ability to angle the louvers in any position and secure with “Louver Stay” its exclusive switch system. The louvers are so strong, that they can we walked up like a ladder. 

Aluminum plantation shutters are stunning alternative to a shade screen in this Palm Springs cabana


PRIVACY IS AN IMPORTANT FACTOR IN FEELING COMFORTABLE IN YOUR OUTDOOR ROOM

Many of our back yards are exposed to roads or neighbors, and it is essential that our space is private if we are to truly enjoy it as an outdoor sanctuary. Unfortunately shade screens don’t offer any kind of privacy because they are transparent with only a tint. Weatherwell Elite ensures that the homeowner can achieve varying levels of privacy by controlling the louvers whilst still allowing the flow of fresh air which is the whole reason we are seeking refuge outside in the first place. Often a home owner doesn’t need to enclose their outdoor space, and simply needs privacy from one or two directions, in which case using Weatherwell Elite as privacy screen is a perfect solution.

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