Outfit for Your Windows: Hinged and Roller Shutters, Mosquito Nets and Awnings

Outside the city, the window is subject to increased requirements: we strive to improve the protective properties of this structure and its thermal characteristics, and at the same time turn it into a home decoration. Special accessories will help to solve all these problems.

Swing shutters

Swing shutters are a traditional way to protect the house from outside intrusion, the scorching sun and the winter cold. Today, blinds are made, as a rule, of steel (wooden ones are rarely used and most often as a decorative element). Metal products can be blind and plate-shaped.The first fold is a steel sheet with a thickness of 1.5-2.2 mm, welded to the frame. Frankly speaking, both in the open and in the closed position they look unattractive, but in the spring the shutter can be removed from the hinges, and the box installed in the opening is not very noticeable. Thus, the design is mainly suitable for winter preservation of the house.

Plate blinds are assembled from individual strips or profiles, welding them to an inclined frame with small gaps. Some companies make custom models of blinds up to 4 mm thick. Lock either at the top or bottom of the valve, or for a special lock with a rotary handle. A very useful option is the open position lock, which prevents wind gusts from slamming the windows.

Outfit for Your Windows: Hinged and Roller Shutters, Mosquito Nets and Awnings
Close the shutters when you are away for a long time

Swing blinds can be of various shapes and configurations: arched, round, triangular, one -, two -, three – and four-leafed. The main problem of their operation is the need to walk around the house at least twice a day, open and close the windows.

Outfit for Your Windows: Hinged and Roller Shutters, Mosquito Nets and Awnings
Close the shutters when you are away for a long time

The cost of blind models covered with alkyd enamel is relatively low. But the plate, painted with thermosetting powder paint, will cost twice as much.

Roller shutter

Roller shutters are more convenient to use than swing shutters. Their canvas consists of:

  • connected profiles,
  • side rails that are attached to the walls,
  • and the shaft in the protective box.

The shaft is mounted above the doorway behind the window, above the window, or inserted into a special niche. As a rule, roller shutters are equipped with a electric drive. Control can be carried out using a conventional wall switch or charge it with “smart” automation, which will independently raise and lower the canvas at the right time, respond to changes in light and wind.

Outfit for Your Windows: Hinged and Roller Shutters, Mosquito Nets and Awnings
Swing blinds can be of various shapes and configurations

Today, in order to save energy, universal protective systems, including roller shutters, are increasingly installed on window openings. The group conducted tests in which a roll-up system made of aluminum roller profiles filled with polyurethane foam was installed on a window with a single-chamber double-glazed window. The test results showed that the use of such a design reduces heat loss through the window by 30%, and its heat transfer resistance increases by 0.22–0.23 m * K / W. This takes into account not only the resistance of the roller, but also the air layer that forms between the fabric and the glass, improving the thermal insulation properties of the window block. And in the summer heat, roller shutters can significantly reduce the heating of the air in the room. In addition, rolling systems increase the street noise insulation index by 5-10 dBA.”

Mosquito net

An absolutely necessary accessory for a country window. An aluminum frame of white or brown color with a stretched mesh can be ordered complete with the window or purchased later. Models in the form of an additional sash and roll are more convenient, but two or three times more expensive. By the way, today there are practical systems that combine roller shutters and mosquito nets in one box. They allow you to save money, are durable and convenient: the mosquito net easily folds into a box, it can be raised and lowered at any time and it does not need to be removed for the winter.

Outfit for Your Windows: Hinged and Roller Shutters, Mosquito Nets and Awnings
Convenient combination of blinds with a mosquito net

Marquise

Awning-horizontal or inclined fabric canopy on the frame , attached to the wall of the house above the window. With it, you can protect the room from the scorching heat, but not only – if you increase the size of the structure, it will turn into a roof, under which there will be a cozy courtyard.

Outfit for Your Windows: Hinged and Roller Shutters, Mosquito Nets and Awnings
Roll up the awning to form a covered patio

Today, the most common lever-roll, or cassette awnings. They can be controlled by a hand winch or a traction cord (belt) or equipped with a remote-controlled electric drive mechanism.

For the winter, the awnings are not dismantled, but only put; at the same time, the fabric cloth is rolled into a roll and put into a cassette that reliably protects it from moisture.

Much less common are basket-type awnings on a frame of curved arcs. They are also able to roll down, but are devoid of cassettes, so they must either be removed for the winter, or hidden under a visor or cornice.

Awnings are made mainly on request. Their cost is calculated individually.

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