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What are Plantation Shutters?

Plantation shutters are a desired option for interior shutters in Louisville. These wood or faux wood shutters are part of your window frame.

Plantation shutters offer privacy and light filtration by raising or letting down a bar. This rod is attached between or to the side of the louvers.

Why Are Plantation Shutters Known as ‘Plantation Shutters’?

The terminology of “plantation shutter” started in the southern America, because of their refined style and keeping plantation mansions cool when it was muggy.

People on the West Coast also refer to this window treatment as “California shutters.”

The foundation of this window treatment goes as far back as 12th-century Greece, where marble louvers were set in rock.

Nowadays, the title usually characterizes a window treatment style with:

  • Thicker louvers—2 ½-inch, 3 ½-inch or 4 ½-inch
  • Traditional front-attached tilt bar

These are the most desired option of shutters for residences across the U.S. and here in Louisville.

4 Benefits to Getting Plantation Shutters

When correctly constructed, these shutters:

  1. Are stronger as opposed to window blinds or shades.
  2. Are quick to wash.
  3. Don’t get discolored from sunshine.
  4. Don’t droop over the years.
LouverWood Shutters in a kitchen

What’s the Greatest Material for Plantation Shutters?

There are many possibilities available when picking out your plantation shutters, such as wood, composite, polymer/faux wood or vinyl.

Here are a couple things to consider with the individual options.

Wood Shutters

Wood shutters are the benchmark in shutter materials, offering the best quality and attractiveness. They’re also the priciest.

These energy-efficient shutters come in a collection of stain possibilities, with white being the favorite in Louisville now.

High humidity can be challenging for real wood shutters, since the material typically enlarges in hot conditions. However, this shutter can be constructed with quality materials and components to counteract environmental conditions.

Composite Shutters

Composite shutters are often known as simulated wood. This material is generally geared toward external storm shutters, as opposed to interior plantation shutters.

Composite is commonly a crushed wood product that can mix added materials, like water-resistant PVC.

This packed down material has the appearance of real wood. But it’s much heavier and more difficult to install.

Faux Wood Shutters

Faux wood shutters resemble wood but insulate approximately three times greater.

They’re manufactured of polymer, a kind of synthetic that’s related to PVC, which is used in the majority of plumbing installs now.

This model of shutter:

  • Is reliable
  • Is hardy
  • Holds on to its tint
  • Resists water and humidity
  • Is affordable

Faux wood plantation shutters are an ideal alternative to wood plantation shutters when care and stress-free products lead your preference list.

Vinyl Shutters

Vinyl shutters are the most affordable plantation shutter, but also the shortest lived.

These shutters are fast to clean and repel moisture. Nonetheless, they don’t give the same presence as a quality wood or faux wood product.

Another downside is that you can’t paint vinyl shutters.

Quality and Installation Matters for Plantation Shutters

At Louver Shop of Louisville, we only have American-manufactured wood or faux wood shutters. A superior-quality product will be stronger and look more attractive in your space.

You can order plantation shutters on a website or through a big box store. But it’s important to consider several aspects, since a cheaper product could cost you in the long run.

Your new shutters should be:

  • Created with quality materials and parts
  • Built properly
  • Fitted and installed by an expert

Your window sizes may differ throughout your home. This could be due to the foundation, building processes or an additional issue.

Subsequently, using premade plantation shutters can lead to issues including:

  • Louvers slipping down or not sticking in place.
  • Shutters not keeping closed or linked to holding magnets.
  • Faded shutters due to UV rays or temperature changes.

At Louver Shop of Louisville, we custom-manufacture our shutters in the USA for your home.

We ensure that every shutter component is subject to a strict quality analysis before transporting the shutters to your home for it to be installed.

Once at your house, our professionally trained, community installation group will guarantee each shutter is installed accurately and functions like it should to meet your complete satisfaction.

Want to hear more about our shutters? Schedule a free, in-home design consultation with one of our professionals right away. You’ll get to view shutter models and talk through all the prospects for your house.

Signature Shutters in a sitting room

Why You Should Think Over Plantation Shutters for Your Louisville Home

Like other upgrades you can add to your house, buying plantation shutters contributes to your residence’s look and resale value.

According to realtor.com, plantation shutters are frequently desired by potential homebuyers.

Here’s why:

  • They’re stylish
  • They’re energy efficient
  • They’re durable
  • They offer superior light control and privacy

The exact percent of value increase varies by the market and other aspects. But most home sellers, appraisers and mortgage companies say premium plantation shutters that are put on correctly have a favorable effect on your residence’s value.

Any kind of premium shutters is an investment in your house, which is likely the one main thing you possess in Louisville. Because of that, we ask you to talk with a community expert, such as one from Louver Shop of Louisville, when determining which window treatments are right for your home.

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