Whats The Difference Between Blinds And Shutters?

Whether you’re looking to fit out a new house or wanting to renovate your home, you might quickly realise that choosing window coverings is a lot more difficult than you initially thought. This is largely because there are two great options that you’ll inevitably have to choose between: blinds and shutters.

Both blinds and shutters filter light, shut out noise, permit air flow and improve privacy, so what exactly are the differences between the two? These options can cause a bit of confusion for people shopping around for window coverings, so here, Mal Glanville & Co. take a look at both blinds and shutters to give you a better idea of what might be the right choice for you.

Why You Might Want To Go With Shutters

Unlike blinds, which are attached to a window recess, shutters are generally attached to the window frame itself. Homeowners looking to introduce a window covering designed to exacting specifications might be more inclined to look into shutters. Although they can be a pricier option depending on the material and style you choose, their durability should also mean they’re treated as an investment.

In a practical sense, shutters have slats that can be adjusted to let in certain amounts of light, air and noise which allows for much greater control of ambient temperatures.

Shutters come in a variety of manufacturing materials, such as aluminium, timber, vinyl and PVC, and designs, with plantation shutters perhaps being the most popular.

Unlike blinds, shutters can be installed on either the interior or the exterior of a house, which offers even greater flexibility and may better suit people who prioritise privacy.

Why Blinds Might Be A Better Choice For You

Despite there still being a lot of options available, blinds are usually a more affordable option than shutters and will therefore often be a better choice for people on a budget.

Despite being less expensive much of the time, blinds can still suit any design need and personality. This is because they can be made from fabric, aluminium, timber and plastic in all sorts of colours and designs, meaning you’ll still be completely spoilt for choice.

As with shutters, blinds come in a wide variety of forms, with some of the most common styles including the following:

  • Venetian blinds
  • Roller blinds
  • Panel glides
  • Vertical blinds
  • Roman blinds

They also remain a practical choice ? blinds also still offer much of the fantastic temperature and light control that shutters provide to help keep homes cooler during the warmer months in Australia.

Want to know more? Talk to our team today about blinds and shutters. We can help find the best solution for your needs.

Christmas with Mal Glanville & Co.

Tis the season of giving gifts, and at Mal Glanville & Co. every year we give one very special prize away to the lucky person that makes it to the top of our list!

For the past few years, our team have put forward a competition for one fortunate person to win an Amplimesh Hinged or Sliding SupaScreen? Door* this Christmas, valued up to $1,130. With the competition already underway, we wanted to make sure you had all the information needed before you put your name into the draw.


What exactly is in Santa?s sack?

For nearly 50 years, we have been a leading provider in security doors, shutters and awnings for homes across Sydney and Newcastle. With this in mind, we chose one of our most prominent products to include as the prize in this contest.

The Amplimesh Door is both secure and stylish, allowing you to feel safe in your home whilst not obstructing views. Due to its design, it remains the perfect option for stacking sliding doors or entry designer doors and protects your home from flying and crawling bugs that may find their way indoors otherwise. Not only this, but the door also features a 3-point locking mechanism which can add peace of mind whilst summer holidays are in progress, and has a specialised coating to aid in repelling heat from the home. 

If you are named the lucky winner, you will get to walk away with an Amplimesh? Hinged or Sliding SupaScreen? Door*, inclusive of installation and all standard accessories. There is also a range of coloured finishes for this door, so that you can fit it seamlessly into your home. To receive the gift that keeps on giving, enter now!

Why we are always on Santa?s nice list

Since 1975, our family owned business has worked hard to bring a sense of security to families across New South Wales by providing trustworthy safety options for their homes at affordable price points. Not only do we specialise in Doors, much like the one featured in the Christmas competition, but we also have windows and screens, making us an easy option for our clients. If you are looking to upgrade your home today, and add value at the same time, get in touch with the team today.


Earn extra brownie points!

If you are looking to enter our competition, don’t forget to like and share/comment on our Facebook post to be eligible for the draw. Make sure you double check your information is correct too, as you don?t want Santa to fly over your house because you put in an incomplete address!

Best of luck to all, and to all a goodnight.  

Will Blinds Keep Heat Out?

Those looking to keep sweltering Australian heat out have likely looked through a variety of options and have found many of them to be prohibitively expensive. One of the most affordable solutions, however, are humble window blinds.

How effective are they at keeping heat out, though? In this article, we investigate.

How Window Blinds Work To Keep You Cooler

Despite their simple design, window blinds can work quite well to block out heat during the Australian summer. This works through adjusting the slats in a way that best controls glare, light and a great deal of the resulting heat created by the sun.

If you choose horizontal blinds, it is also possible to angle them so that they reflect light onto your ceiling. This way, you’re still able to make the most of natural light as you diffuse the related heat. 

Will All Blinds Achieve The Same Result?

With so many options out there when it comes to blinds – particularly when it comes to the materials used – it’s hardly surprising that some window blinds perform better than others.

It is generally the case that bulky window blinds reduce heat much better than their slim counterparts. It is also the case that lighter blinds also reflect more heat, making them a superior choice when compared to darker shades.

Similarly, blackout roller blinds will do a better job than flimsier blinds at keeping out heat due to them basically being a solid sheet when down.

How Do Window Blinds Perform In Winter?

Although they do an admirable job of keeping out the heat in summer, blinds are usually less effective at keeping the warmth in during winter. This is because the slats of the blinds offer many points at which heat may be lost, but that shouldn’t suggest that all blinds are bad for heat retention during winter.

Honeycomb blinds are specifically designed to create a seal around to prevent heat loss during the colder months by trapping warm air in pockets for long periods of time.

Should You Invest In Insulating Blinds?

If you’re looking to keep cooler in summer, spending a little bit more on blinds that keep the heat out can help quickly drive your energy bill down. So, even if they might be a little bit more expensive now, sometimes the more expensive option pays for itself! To get your tailored quote for blinds, get in touch with the Mal Glanville & Co. team today.

Choosing the Colour of Your Blinds

Like all home d’cor choosing the right colour palette for your blinds is a fun task that allows you to sprinkle some personality into spaces, and tie the aesthetic of rooms together, but it can also be a challenging task. As you will likely be living with the same window blinds for many years to come, you need to be sure you are making the right choice for now and the future ? especially if you have plans to update your home or re-design certain rooms at a later date. 

There is a lot to consider when it comes to the colour of your blinds, and it?s important to put in some research time so you can make the best decision possible. To make the process simpler, we have compiled some tips to help you choose the most suitable palette for your home.

Neutral tones for added light

For a softer and lighter look, choosing a neutral tone such as white or cream will allow more natural light to enter the room and keep it looking bright all day long. Neutral tone blinds are commonly chosen for kitchens and living rooms but you can also use them in your bedroom if you would like more light in the morning. Whites and creams are a sophisticated choice and work extremely well with modern homes.

Dark colours for boldness

Creating a moody, contemporary vibe in your home can be easily achieved with dark coloured blinds. If you want to enhance an art deco home, highlight the industrial style of your brick apartment or contrast with your neutral furnishings, choosing black, grey or timber blinds can create a stunning statement. You can also tie the darker hues in with bold furniture to create a truly modern aesthetic.

Bright hues for vibrancy

If you want to go all out and add huge pops of colour into your home, then choosing brightly coloured blinds is the perfect way to do so. Making your blinds the centre piece of colour in your living room or shared spaces adds personality, and can be a fantastic talking point. Depending on your style, you can go as bright as you please, and get the hue that speaks to you the most. Just be sure to not overwhelm the space with furnishings ? the less furniture in the same colour, the more impact the blinds will have.

Get the right coloured blinds for you

If you know exactly what colour blinds you want, or are still deciding, talk to our expert team at Mal Glanville & Co. We can help you find the best hue and style for your individual needs. Get in touch with us today.

Why Choose to Install Motorisation Systems for Your Home Awnings & Blinds?

Innovative technology continues to impress by making everyday activities much more efficient and convenient. Even when it comes to blinds and awnings, the latest in digital technology has created automation systems to help enhance your living environment.

At Mal Glanville & Co, we stock home motorisation systems from two of the leading brands: Somfy & Alpha Motors. In this blog, we explore why investing in products from either of these brands can help increase the functionality of your window coverings and offer flexible solutions unlike manual systems.

Ease & Convenience

There is nothing quite like being able to control the lighting in your home simply with the touch of a button or with a voice command. Brands like Somfy and Alpha Motors make this possible. Somfy offers one single remote to control all Somfy products, the option for controlling your blinds and awnings with your smartphone as well as voice control features that are compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Alpha Motors has even created an app called Alpha Neo which allows you to control motorised products individually, by area or across the entire house from anywhere in the world as long as you have internet connection. Having better control of your living space has never been easier.

Energy Efficiency & Time Saving

Motorised blinds come with sensors and timers that can be used to control when the blinds open and shut without you even thinking about it. You can set up your blinds to open when the sun is at its brightest to allow more heat in during winter. Or you can set timers for blinds to close as soon as the sun goes down, so you don’t have to worry about privacy in your home as soon as it gets dark. Somfy and Alpha Motors both have a range of sun, wind and temperature sensors that can manage this.

Longer Lifespan

Opening and closing blinds manually can have a negative effect on the blinds and cause damage more easily. With mortised blinds the power exerted on the blinds when opening and closing them is much more controlled. This in turn offers maximum functionality for the blinds while also increasing its lifespan.

Let Mal Glanville & Co. help you pick the perfect home motorisation product

Whatever home motorisation system you need, our team can help you out. Our Alpha Motors products come with a 7-year replacement warranty and all products are fully compliant to Australian standards. To find out more, give us a call on (02) 4323 1500.

Are Security Doors Worth the Investment?

When it comes to home security, most homeowners jump straight to setting up security systems or investing in locks for the windows. An area that is often overlooked is taking steps to ensure your door is secure and highly protected. And one of the best ways to do that is with a security door.

Many homeowners in Newcastle and across Central Coast might be hesitant to install security doors for a number of reasons. As an authorized Amplimesh dealer – a leading Australian brand with high end security solutions – we have seen first-hand how quality security doors make all the difference to your home!

Increased Level of Safety

Security doors are made to ensure a higher level of security. Our security doors come with a 3-point locking mechanism, which makes the door much more resistant to being pried open. For those in High Fire Zone areas we offer doors with a BAL 40 Fire Rating meaning it is designed to withstand high temperatures and help protect against ember attack and burning debris. On top of this, our security doors offer High Tensile 316 Stainless Steel Mesh with Marine Grade Coating making them highly durable, more resistant to corrosion and suitable for beach areas. All of our products are tested to Australian Standard AS5039-2008 to ensure maximum impact and shear resistance.

As you can see security doors are designed with your protection and safety in mind, and all added elements serve to make your home safer.

Better Ventilation for Your Home

There are some nights, especially on warmer days when your home can feel a bit stuffy at night. Having security screens installed gives you the option of leaving your doors open at night to let fresh air flow in without worrying about the safety of your home. With security doors, you can truly learn what a difference fresh, crisp night air gives to your home environment.

Keeps Insects at Bay

Security doors don’t just keep unwanted people out of your home, they also offer protection against flying and crawling insects or pests. Our retractable screens do just this; available pleated or flat mesh with a range of stacking options, this product is convenient while maintaining elegance.

Maintains the Aesthetic of Your Home

Security doors have come a long way and are now designed in a number of contemporary styles that are sure to add to the visual appeal of your home instead of taking away from it. Our security doors are available in a broad range of Standard colours and can be powder coated in both Dulux and Interpon colours. We also offer two different Timber look frames, a great choice for those looking to match traditional Cedar windows.

Mal Glanville & Co. is Here to Help Secure Your Home

Offering high standard products that blend cutting edge technology with contemporary and elegant designs, Mal Glanville & Co. is your go-to when looking to install security doors. Our products are inclusive of all door hardware and is backed with a 16-year warranty!

Browse through our range or get in touch with our team for any questions and queries.

The Benefits of Plantation Shutters for Your Home

The trend for installing plantation shutters in homes is seeing an increase over the past couple of months. As more Australians contemplate home renovations and improving the aesthetics of their home, window coverings have become an important element.

If you’re contemplating plantation shutters for your own home, we have compiled some of the advantages of having them installed.

Great for Both Winter & Summer Weather

Plantation shutters are great for trapping heat during colder days but can also reduce heat on a hot summer afternoon. The overlapping lourve design acts as another layer to your windows and help keep the warm air inside when shut. However, during summer days you can rotate the clades to reflect sunlight away from the windows, which reduces the amount of solar energy that comes in through the glass. This feature makes plantation shutters an extremely versatile option when it comes to managing heat and temperature in the house.

Easy to Clean & Maintain

Plantation shutters are also fairly easy to clean. Your main concern is to ensure that you remove all the debris and dust on the shutters. This can be easily accomplished with a soft cloth or with a soft brush vacuum attachment. You shouldn’t be using too much water on your shutters and if you do, it’s important to dry them as soon as you can.

Giving your shutters a clean once a month is a great way to ensure beauty and longevity.

Suits Many Different Types of Designs & Themes

Plantation shutters can also fit the theme and aesthetic of many different homes. First of all, they come in many different colours so if there’s a specific colour palette you’re after, you’re able to find one that matches. Due to their simplistic and elegant design, they can add a natural look to minimalist homes.

However, these shutters can also work with rustic interior, country-style homes and Victorian themed homes. There is an endless array of choices when it comes to styling your home with plantation shutters. They also work well in bedrooms, living rooms and kitchens, it gives you a great chance to really use your creativity with interior design.

Find plantation shutters that match your home

To learn more about the different plantation shutter designs, don’t hesitate to talk to the experts at Mal Glanville & Co. We have a range of available options, from Polysatin Plantation Shutters to Basswood Plantation Shutters and more – we are here to provide you with the best choices in interior design.

Contact us today!

How To Maintain Your Retractable Awnings

Retractable awnings are a wonderful addition to your home and outdoor area. Offering shade and protection from the elements, all while looking great, they allow you to spend more time outside.

To keep your retractable awnings in good shape and to ensure you can enjoy them for many years to come, we have compiled a range of maintenance tips to follow.

Handle with Care

Whether you manually open and close your retractable awnings or simply click a button, you must handle with care. Rough usage of the awnings can damage the material and function, which greatly affects performance over time. It’s also important to note that awnings need to be opened and closed in regular intervals during off-seasons. This will help maintain the awnings mechanism and save you from having to battle against a shade that won’t open properly when you need it to.

Retract in Wind

Designed to shade you from the sun, retractable awnings are not made to protect you from strong wind. Therefore, it is always recommended that you close your awnings during storms, hail and excessive winds. Using your awnings for their intended purpose will save you in the long run, but if you happen to use them during strong winds, be sure to check for damage before retracting. Look for holes in the material, malfunctioning joints and general irregularities.

Protect from Vegetation

Maintaining a safe distance between your retractable awnings and vegetation such as flowers, shrubbery and vines is essential. Such vegetation can creep into the mechanism and play havoc with the function of the awnings. They can also produce acidic contents that can damage the material, so, make sure you place your retractable awnings in a safe, clear space.

Find Awnings You Love

Adding retractable awnings to your property is a great way to enjoy your exterior spaces and add value to your home, so it’s important that you seek out high quality awnings and expert advice if required. And our team at Mal Glanville & Co can assist you in just that.

If you are looking to replace your existing awnings, or want to add a new style to your outdoor area, browse our varied selection of awnings from Mal Glanville & Co.

We are more than happy to help you find the perfect solution for your unique property. Contact us today.

Mal Glanville & Co Is a Certified Somfy Expert

Mal Glanville & Co have been proud suppliers of Somfy products for decades and in May we became a certified Somfy Expert. There are a whole range of benefits to becoming a Somfy expert and being part of the program. Let’s go through a few.

What is the Somfy Expert Program?

The Somfy Expert program allows businesses to stand out from the crowd and differentiate themselves from their competition. The program gives businesses the chance to expand their technical and commercial skills for selling added value solutions and increase their visibility to current and potential customers.

The program provides training, promotions, marketing material and much more to help our business attract and maintain customers and offers ongoing support.

Benefits of the Somfy Expert Program

Through the program, some of the benefits businesses receive are:

  • Being listed on Somfy’s online dealer locator so we’re visible when consumers search for motorisation dealers in a location we service.
  • Provided showroom products: So we can accurately demonstrate motorisation to our potential customers with motorised showrooms products and samples.

Why are we so excited to be a certified Somfy Expert?

Being a part of the Somfy Expert program means we will be continually aided by a dedicated and professional team of local and international specialists. This talented team at Somfy will bring with them the latest knowledge, technology and innovative solutions to manage all of our motorisation needs, which means that Mal Glanville & Co can continue to provide customers with the very best Somfy samples and products.

We love selling Somfy products and having that extra support from the program means we can do so with even more gusto. Everything we do is to benefit our valued customers, so becoming a certified Somfy Expert means better resources for us and better solutions for you.

Trust Mal Glanville with all your motorisation needs

If you would like to learn more about our range of Somfy products, browse our motorisation selection and contact our team at Mal Glanville & Co today to see how you can enhance the look and feel of your home.

The Benefits of Amplimesh Security Products

We all want our property and family to be safe, that is why so many people invest in security doors and windows. As authorised installers and dealers of Amplimesh, we understand what good quality security products look like, how they work, and more so, how they can provide the peace of mind you need.

Depending on what type of security door or window you are looking for, you may have considered a range of brands available on the market. However, being both tried and tested, Amplimesh is without a doubt one of the leading competitors in the race to protect your home. Here are some of the reasons why we proudly back Amplimesh.

Strong and secure

Amplimesh are tested against Australian Standards for maximum impact and shear resistance and meet all requirements. The products compete against multiple other security screen companies and are regularly chosen for their dependability, and reliability in withstanding the impact of 800 joules. This is extremely comforting for residents as realistically; 800 joules is way past the capabilities of any intruder.

Designed to last

Our range of Amplimesh products are designed to keep intruders, flying, and crawling bugs and pests out of your house and there are a range of screens to suit all types of needs. The SupaScreen doors and windows are made of high tensile 316 stainless steel mesh with a marine-grade coating suitable for beach areas and have a Bal 40 rating to meet council requirements for those in high fire zones. The 127 Diamond Grilles are available in a range of mesh’s such as paw proof, aluminium, stainless steel, fibreglass or vision mesh, and the Intrudaguard Grilles are specially tempered 5052 marine-grade aluminum and come with a Bal 29 for high fire zones.

Endless versatility

Amplimesh security doors and windows are perfect for any area and any property. Whether you want to have folding doors that open to a patio or veranda or s single hinged door in your entrance, the possibilities are nigh. Not only does Amplimesh create safe and secure products that stop unwanted guests entering your home, but they also ensure that each product looks great. There is no longer a need to sacrifice the aesthetic of your property for the safety of all who dwell within it.

Invest in quality security screens

Amplimesh security products offer you a true sense of safety without obstructing your view of the flow of fresh air. As installers and dealers of the brand, Mal Glanville can help you make the best decision for your property. Get in touch with our team today to discuss your Amplimesh needs.