There are a few functional differences between roller shutters and blockout blinds. Here are some key points to consider with both window coverings.
Blockout blinds can be a convenient and effective way of blocking light from entering a room. After all, as the name suggests, this is their main purpose. They usually tend to be roller blinds or shades that are installed in the interior of a home, such as a bedroom or a lounge room, but they’re also popular for use in bathrooms or dressing rooms to increase privacy.
Blockout blinds can help muffle sound which makes them ideal for shift workers needing to sleep during the day or for children who have an afternoon nap. Blockout blinds can come in a variety of styles and colours to match your home’s decor. You can also choose from different strengths of blind thickness, i.e., complete blockout, darkening or light filtering, depending on your requirements.
Many modern blockout blinds today are motorised, so they’re controlled by battery operated remote. This is good if you have tall windows or use them a lot so you don’t have to keep winding them up and down manually. Blockout blinds are generally easy to install and don’t require much maintenance once they’re up, unless the motorisation fails which will then require fixing.
The modern alternative to blockout blinds is to consider getting external roller shutters, especially if you want a fully automated home shade system that you can operate with the touch of a button. Roller shutters are a hugely popular choice with homeowners as they fulfil lots of functions extremely well. Not only do they keep out the light, they can provide security, protection from the weather, insulation, energy efficiency, noise reduction and privacy.
Home security is a major factor in choosing to install roller shutters. Many people install roller shutters because it ensures that their doors and windows are fully protected from break-ins with tough, durable aluminium. Once down, the shutters are extremely difficult to open, to the point where burglars won’t even bother with a home that has roller shutters.
Roller shutters offer far greater shade protection and coolness for your home during summer than even blockout blinds. They’re also great in winter as an effective insulator, so your reverse cycle air conditioner doesn’t have to work as hard to heat your home. This energy efficiency factor will save you a lot of money on your power bill in the long term.
Perhaps the biggest advantage of roller shutters over blockout blinds is the ability to protect your home during storm season, something that homeowners in Queensland are always very aware of through December to February. Roller shutters allow you to quickly batten down the hatches at a moment’s notice and you can safely endure what nature throws at you without stressing about potential damage to your windows.