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Posted By: owlmanVery interesting James, no mention it seems of external insulated roller shutters, of the type so often seen on the Continental mainland. I still can't understand why they seem to have largely bypassed the UK building industry.
Posted By: davidfreeboroughThey are also a pain to open every morning, much more work than opening curtains.
Posted By: tombuild.comI have just made some for a client - Internal shutters that is.
Posted By: owlmanPosted By: djh...........I've only used one set, in Geneva. They were very easy to use; just pull a flexible tape that runs down the side of the window; pull it up to close. I imagine it wouldn't do a lot for the airtightness, though I didn't notice any drafts.I've used them in also Germany Dave, I didn't find it at all onerous. Admittedly as David says there is the question of inward opening windows. When the roller is enclosed and hidden inside the supporting window lintle it's visual impact is negligible, and the controls don't exit the house envelope.
Posted By: tombuild.comThe one enormous problem with inward opening windows is you hit your head on them. Especially when installing flooring in the middle of a hot french summer. You also loose usable space as you have to allow for the windows i.e. you cannot place a sofa under the windows or use the sill as a shelf.
Posted By: djhI've only used one set, in Geneva. They were very easy to use; just pull a flexible tape that runs down the side of the window; pull it up to close.
Posted By: Ed DaviesHouse I'm renting has tilt and turn inward opening windows.[SNIP]Other than that, inward opening windows are great for cleaning and so on.
Posted By: Cav8andrewMy preference would probably be for top hung outward opening, which might gives some protection from a sudden downpour
Posted By: davidfreeboroughthe wall insulation can be wrapped over the outer face.
Posted By: davidfreeboroughWe lived in the south of France for 3 years where we had external wooden shutters. The house had 4 bedroom windows, a glass utility door & three sets of French windows all of which had external shutters. Every morning, you had to unlock window, open window, unlock shutter, clip shutter back to external wall, close window & lock window. It could easily take 10 minutes to do them all & you had to repeat it all before leaving the house.
Posted By: djhRight, but those aren't the insulated roller shutters that everybody else is discussing!
Posted By: Cav8andrewThere's a lot of recording equipment to be lost! and in terms of costs for several large windows it was not unreasonable.
Posted By: JSHarrisSeems a good idea if they could be well-insulated
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