Choosing a window for your home should not be made randomly. It must guarantee the security, convenience, comfort, and aesthetics of the building. For this, we suggest you install a shutter, including the composite shutter. This article will help you weigh the pros and cons of such an installation. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn the advantages of composite shutters.
What is a composite shutter?
Composite is a clever blend of finely combined elements of plastic and aluminum, resulting in a high-tech material. Composite is a juxtaposition of two materials that have a high adhesion capacity. When joined together, they offer properties that separate elements do not. This is typically the case with reinforced concrete…and composite.
As for the composite shutter, it is composed of different layers. If their color is obtained by lacquering, its envelope is formed by resin walls. Inside is another wall in fiberglass, the insulating core being in high-density polyurethane foam whose thickness reaches 25 mm. The edge houses the hinges and closing elements and is made of fiberglass resin. The two walls are thus strongly linked, optimizing the solidity of the whole composite shutter.
A unique material
The composite shutter is a combination of aluminum and plastic layers. A fiberglass wall and a polyurethane foam make up its inner side. To allow the various opening and closing elements to fit, it is designed as a compact monoblock without gluing.
An excellent insulator
Windows contribute significantly to heat loss. In addition to the components of the composite shutter, the thermal breaks and seals built into the aluminum provide good thermal insulation. This corresponds to the insulation offered by a 1m70 thick concrete wall.
A durable material
Composite is very resistant to its lacquer-based color and rot-proof nature. In other words, it is impervious to impact mildew, UV rays, frost, etc. A good quality composite shutter can last up to 20 years minimum. So you can forget about painting.
An aesthetic shutter
Composite perfectly imitates wood thanks to its density and texture with horizontal and vertical slats. Sidebars can be added for a more realistic effect. This type of shutter is also available in several colors to fit any house style.
An easy-to-maintain material
A composite shutter does not require any special maintenance. A simple wipe-down with a standard household cleaner is all it takes to clean it. In addition, you don’t need to treat it against pests such as fungi or wood-boring insects.
A window for safety
The composite shutter makes it difficult for an intruder to enter your home. It usually has a pressure resistance index (PRI) of 150 to resist break-ins, picks, and rips.
An expensive shutter
A composite shutter is the most expensive type of shutter on the market. You need between 150 and 800 $ to buy one. In addition, you need an extra $250 to $800 for installation. However, you can apply for a tax credit to reduce these costs. For this, the intervention of a professional RGE (Recognized Guarantee of the Environment) is necessary.
A type of shutter imposed.
The installation of a composite shutter automatically implies the choice of a swinging shutter. However, there are two possibilities to customize your composite shutter.
The solid shutter
This type of shutter is ideal for traditional houses. It comes in the form of hinges against hinges, bars, or slats.
The louvered shutter
The louvered shutter is characterized by its closure on itself. Its slats are spaced further apart than those of a solid shutter to facilitate air and light penetration. Therefore, it is preferred in sunny regions. For the finish, you can choose between openwork slats, non-openwork slats, and slatted slats. In any case, you should know that the installation of motorization is possible for these two models. If an automatic shutter is your priority, choose a roller shutter instead. For this, visit a specialist in the sale of aluminum roller shutters.
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