Window furnishing alternatives

Window bars/grills are an external window furnishing usually made of steel with a baked on powder-coated finish. Bolted to the outside of the window, they have been a very popular alternative in past years for elderly people, or those who live in neighbourhoods with higher crime rates, due to the strength and protection they provide.

Advantages:

  • Very hard for intruders to break in
  • Hard wearing and long lasting

Disadvantages:

  • Not a large benefit in terms of privacy unless coupled
    with an internal furnishing
  • Not generally considered a modern or attractive alternative
  • No other benefits e.g. noise reduction, light reduction or insulation
Curtains & blinds
Blinds and curtains

Blinds are an internal window furnishing which are available in a huge range of different styles and operation types. Different blind alternatives include vertical blinds, Venetian blinds, roller blinds, Roman blinds, panel glide blinds, cellular blinds and drapes. These alternatives are generally made from polyester, aluminium or timber laminate and although they look different general serve a similar purpose.

Advantages:

  • Increased privacy
  • Provide excellent light control
  • Provide some sort of insulation
    against heat and cold
  • Available in an enormous range
    of colours and styles guaranteed
    to suit any home

Disadvantages:

  • Generally no added security provided from these types of window furnishings
  • Insulation benefit not as large as other alternatives
Louvres

Louvres are an alternative to standard glass windows, so in essence they are both an internal and external window furnishing. Louvres comprise of thin horizontal blades which can be adjusted anywhere between opened and fully closed. These sheets are generally made from timber, glass or aluminium and come in a wide range of colours and styles. They are also available in a wide range of operations including manual and motorised.

 

Advantages:

  • Increased privacy
  • Light control
  • Aluminium alternatives provide noise reduction
    and insulation benefits
  • Wide range of alternatives in relation to material,
    colour, style and operation
  • Increased security within the home
  • Seal tight to reduce noise and disturbance from bad weather

 

Disadvantages:

  • Can be a costly alternative
  • Glass and wooden louvers do not provide a security benefit
Awnings

Awnings are an external window furnishing which have been popular for many years now. Generally made from canvas, acrylic or aluminium, awnings come in a wide range of styles and colours. Awnings also have a large variety of operation types including rope, tape, automatic, crank or motorised options.