Pros and Cons of Accordion Shutters (Bi-Fold and Tri-Fold)

Aug 11th
Shutters for dividing a room

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You’re in all probability acquainted with accordion doorways for reach-in closets, however do you know their are accordion fashion shutters too?

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Whereas non-folding are way more common, accordion (a.okay.a. folding) are very helpful in sure conditions… particularly vast home windows, openings and as room dividers.

This text briefly explains what these sorts of shutters are, execs and cons and ends with different shutter design choices.

Accordion shutters are additionally known as observe shutters in addition to bi-fold and tri-fold shutters.

Right here’s an instance of a bi-fold accordion shutter:


Right here’s an instance of a tri-fold accordion shutter:


1. Vast home windows

The only greatest benefit is that folding shutters make inside shutters potential for vast home windows.  Single-panel shutters can solely go so vast till the burden is unwieldy.  The straightforward resolution is to make use of folding shutters that are on a rail and due to this fact eliminates the burden drawback.

2. Bay home windows

Folding shutters are generally used on bay home windows.  In different phrases, folding shutters make it extra potential to put in shutters in your bay window, particularly the normally vast center window.  Right here’s an instance:

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3. Partially open (flexibility)

You’ll be able to choose to open the shutters partially for just a little gentle.  Should you go along with the louvered panel fashion, you may alter the sunshine fairly a bit, each with how a lot you open the louvers in addition to how a lot vast you open the folding shutter system.

5. Vast doorways

You may as well get observe shutters which are as tall as doorways and function folding doorways.  This may be good in ultra-wide openings akin to onto a patio.

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6. Room Dividers

Door-style, full top folding shutters on tracks could make glorious room dividers as properly.  Test it out:

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7. Longevity:

In comparison with blinds, shutters as window coverings last more than blinds.  So whereas blinds can accommodate vast home windows, with folding shutters you may as properly with a long life profit.

8. Straightforward to scrub:

Shutters are simpler to scrub than blinds, even louvered shutters as a result of they’re sturdier so you may shortly run a duster over them and squeeze it into the louver areas to get rid of all of the mud shortly.

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1. You don’t get that basic plantation shutter look  

Accordion shutters have much more happening as a result of they’re a sequence of panels.  This implies they’re a bit busier to the attention and due to this fact you don’t get that basic plain plantation shutter look (which quite a bit of individuals like).

2. Susceptible to wreck

Any time you add a hinge and/or observe to one thing, the product turns into extra complicated and is susceptible to extra issues.  Folding shutters are a extra complicated shutter system than single-panel shutters.

TIP: You’re higher off adjusting the louvers to let in additional gentle than opening them up by folding them open.  This ends in much less put on and tear.

In the case of shutter choices, there are quite a bit of selections to make.

In our predominant shutters article, we clarify the numerous completely different shutter design choices:

1. Cafe vs. Tier-on-Tier vs. Full-Top

2. Shutter Supplies

3. Panel Kinds

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