5 Reasons To Use Shutters On Your Stairwell Windows07/25/2016Richard Rampton Are you stairwell windows still bare because you haven’t decided how to cover them? Are you looking for a window treatment that gives added privacy and controls light? Installing window treatments such as shutters on your stairwell windows in Chicago not only enhances your windows’ charm, but provides other benefits, also. Here are 5 reasons to cover your stairwell windows with shutters.Shutters Give Both Interior And Exterior Design Appeal Covering your stairwell windows with shutters enhances your home’s interior and gives extra curb appeal. Neighbors viewing your home from the outside have their eyes drawn to your stairwell windows since they’re taller than other windows and often are in unique shapes. The louvers’ lines can be seen through the windows and give your home a crisp, high-end touch.There are a variety of plantation shutters to choose from to highlight your décor and style. Polywood® faux wood shutters are a traditional choice that doesn’t go out of style. Ovation® wooden shutters add the rich warmth of wood. Reclaimed wood shutters give an organic feel and add texture with their grooves and knots.Shutters Let You Adjust Light And Add PrivacyShutters allow you to control the light coming in through your stairwell windows and also give you extra privacy. If you have stairwell windows that are low and just above a landing, simply adjust the shutter louvers by tilting them open or closed, depending on your needs. If you have high windows that are hard to reach, you can keep the louvers in a horizontal position that allows light to come through and adds privacy for family members walking along the upper levels.Shutters Can Increase Your Energy Efficiency Large stairwell windows are beautiful, but can be subject to heat dissipation. Plantation shutters are energy efficient and, when shut, lower energy transfer through windows by 45%. They’re 1600% more energy efficient compared to regular aluminum blinds.Shutters Can Be Built To Fit Any Style Of Window Is your stairwell window circular, arched, sunray, or octagonal? No matter your window’s shape, Polywood and Ovation shutters can be built to fit any window seamlessly. You even have different choices within certain window shapes, such as with round windows where the louvers can be built horizontally or in a sunburst or fan pattern to either accentuate or contrast the window shape. That way, you can keep the aesthetic of a uniquely-shaped window without it being masked by a rectangular shaped window treatment such as blinds.Shutters Are Easy To MaintainIf your stairwell window is only accessible by a ladder, then you need a window treatment that is low maintenance and will look stunning for a lifetime. Polywood shutters are finished with a UV-resistant paint , meaning they won’t yellow or fade over the years. They’re extremely resilient and can last a lifetime if they’re well maintained.Shutters are also a breeze to keep clean. And if you keep your shutter louvers in one position, you won’t have to continuously adjust them for light or privacy.Find Out MoreLooking for more inspiration for how to utilize shutters in your stairwells? See our idea gallery for stairwell window treatment ideas as well as designs for window treatments to go in other areas of your Chicago home, like your sunroom, bedrooms or living room. Then when you’re ready to talk about your window options contact us at 847-250-6544 or fill out the form below to schedule your free in-home consultation!