OpenShutters as Insulators

Winter has arrived and we thought it was worth revisiting how crucial openings are in retaining warmth in your house. As well as offering aesthetic appeal, window coverings insulate a home. As glass windows possess virtually no insulation qualities, heat easily escapes in winter. Shutters made from a wood such as Western Red Cedar, are the best performing internal window coverings. Did you know that Western Red Cedar is 10 times better at thermal insulation than concrete?

Winter has arrived and we thought it was worth revisiting this infographic to be reminded of how crucial openings are in retaining warmth in your house.

Reducing power bills

Heating a home can be very energy hungry – and consequently costly. Air conditioning and heating systems are some of the biggest contributors to energy bills.  

 As well as offering aesthetic appeal, window coverings play a crucial role in the insulation of a home. As glass windows possess virtually no insulation qualities, heat easily escapes in winter and radiates inwards in summer.

 

Thermal properties

A recent study from The University of Newcastle School of Engineering compared the thermal properties of the most popular types of window coverings. While some results were already foregone conclusions (don’t rely on curtains for insulation), the performance of other popular materials may surprise.

 

Shutters made from a wood such as Western Red Cedar, are the best performing internal window coverings. Did you know that Western Red Cedar is 10 times better at thermal insulation than concrete?

 

Shutters Inside or Outside?

Until recently it was commonly thought the best insulation was achieved by placing shutters outside. However recent research seems to indicate the tightness of the vacuum between the window and its covering is the main requirement for good insulation. If this becomes the accepted wisdom, then it should make no difference if your shutter is inside or outside the home as long as it is a snug fit.

 

Talk to us about how we can improve the thermal performance of your home and potentially reduce your energy bills.

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Done and dusted

Congratulations to Dannon Beeton on the successful completion of his apprenticeship in Furniture Finishing.  Dannon started his apprenticeship with us (registered via Central Coast Group Training) in April 2014, and has grown to be a key member of our paint shop team.  We are delighted he has accepted our offer to remain with us, and no doubt his skills will continue to develop in the coming years.
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Good luck, Nick!

You may recall that back in 2014, we introduced you to Nick Yallouris, the young man from here on the Central Coast whom we sponsored in his early years as a cyclist.  We have continued to monitor Nick’s progress and not only was he the sighted pilot for Matt Formston during the 2016 paralympics but he has been selected in the squad for the Commonwealth Games.

Congratulations Nick, and good luck on the Gold Coast!!!

Australian Cycling Team post

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Shaped For The Future

For decades, the architecture and design industry has been driven by a characteristic thirst for innovation and difference. Architects and designers frequently look for ways to capture the unusual and unique within their design, and this is particularly the case in today’s age of customisation and the custom made.

Still, crafting fit-for-purpose products that retain their unique characteristics can be a challenge, and shutters are no exception. Thanks to the diverse portfolio of projects that we have completed over the years, OpenShutters has honed our extensive technical and practical knowledge and developed a keen eye for innovation. 

We push design boundaries and defy conventional understanding of shutters to bring to life the most authentic version of the designer’s vision. Taking customisation to the next level, our range of products can be tailored to meet the size and shape requirements of any project, and our experts can advise on how best to finish shutters to cater for style and taste preferences. OpenShutters is committed to working with designers to ensure that their design is properly realised.

With this in mind, why not browse our selection of handcrafted timbers today? Our team of experts can discuss customisation options if our range doesn’t already include the perfect shutter for your project.
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Installation - Having the Right Tools and the Right People for the job

At OpenShutters, we understand that installation is equally as important as the materials and craftsmanship behind creating the shutter itself, therefore it is important to ensure that someone with the necessary skills, knowledge and experience is responsible for installing them.

Installation is critical to the success of a project.  The OpenShutters team, together with our extended network of distributors, provide creative, bespoke solutions to seemingly impossible installation challenges.  We believe that windows are meant to be looked through, and should not be enclosed within a boxed structure as favoured by those selling imported product.  We devote our attention and care to achieving consistency of the shutters with their surroundings, and also focus on the detail of blade spacing and closure, gaps and ease of access.

We recognise that projects often don't always go to plan, and do our best to accommodate reasonable requests, including late design, product finish, and timing changes.  Though often one of the last additions to a renovation or new build, shutters should be treated with care and respect, and the team at OpenShutters delivers these qualities, and we take the time to get things right.

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Australia Day 2018

As we approach Australia Day, it is a timely reminder as to why we strongly believe in buying an Australian Made product, as described here in our recent industry blog on the subject.  We thank all our customers in supporting us in operating under this ethos.

OpenShutters is also a proud member of the Australian Made Campaign, an organisation which supports and promotes products made in Australia.

Enjoy the celebrations of the 26th.  We are closed for the day, but will be back on deck on the 29th.

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Holiday Period Closure

We would like to wish all of our customers, suppliers and other business partners a Merry Christmas and pass on our best wishes for the New Year.  We will be closed from mid-day on Thursday 21 December, re-opening on Monday 8 January 2018.

Thank you all for your support during 2017, and hoping 2018 is another prosperous year.

(Picture is thanks to our friends at Melbourne Plantation Shutters)

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Back to the floor

As we are less than 5 weeks to Christmas, it is "all hands on deck" as we prepare to fulfil our order requirement.  Stephen and Gail have been out on the factory floor helping the cause, and both were reminded of the level of detail that goes into crafting our beautiful custom made shutters.

"You sometimes forget the level of effort, diligence and detail that goes into each product", said Stephen after his third week helping out our skilled painters.  "Western red cedar is a beautiful timber, but the work done on it and 'keen eye' required to ensure it is transformed into a spectacular finished product shouldn't be underestimated".

Although the cut-off for delivery pre-Christmas has now passed, OpenShutters will only be closed for two weeks over the holiday period, therefore there's nothing to stop customers from getting their orders in now for an early 2018 installation......

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Art at Work

OpenShutters is delighted to be hosting the inaugural Art at Work exhibition here on the Central Coast from Friday 29 September to Monday 2 October.

The brainchild of OpenShutters’ very own Marion Mikkelsen as a celebration of creativity, Art at Workbrings together artists and creatives from a variety of disciplines including painting, photography, glass metal and wood sculpture and industrial design.  With limited opportunities to showcase their work, Art at Work is an organisation dedicated to fostering a collaborative culture between artists, business creatives and the community.

You are cordially invited to visit us and see for yourself a collection of exquisite works, and be involved in a community art project whilst supporting Central Coast Kidney Health.

Entry to the exhibition is a token $2 per person. The opening night is on the evening of Friday 29 September and should you be interested in attending, we would be grateful if you could please RSVP to info@openshutters.com.au
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Australasian Gaming Expo

OpenShutters were at the Australasian Gaming Expo this week, which was held at the ICC at Darling Harbour in Sydney.  We showcased our custom made shutters, louvres and screens to the trade, having done various jobs in the gaming and hospitality sectors in the past, such as at Burwood RSL and Kings Cross Hotel.
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