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What are Plantation Shutters?

Plantation shutters are a popular option for interior shutters in Charleston. These wood or faux wood shutters attach to your window frame.

Plantation shutters give privacy and light management by raising or pulling down a bar. This dowel is installed to the middle or side of the louvers.

Why Are Plantation Shutters Known as ‘Plantation Shutters’?

The terminology of “plantation shutter” began in the southern part of the U.S., due to their upscale style and keeping plantation mansions cool in the summer.

People in the western U.S. also refer to this shutter as “California shutters.”

The start of this window covering dates back to 12th-century Greece, where marble louvers were mounted in rock.

Nowadays, the term usually describes a window covering style with:

  • Thicker louvers—2 ½-inch, 3 ½-inch or 4 ½-inch
  • Regular front-fastened tilt bar

These are the most ordered option of shutters for houses all over the United States and here in Charleston.

4 Benefits to Having Plantation Shutters

When correctly manufactured, these shutters:

  1. Are longer-lasting than window blinds or shades.
  2. Are quick to wash.
  3. Don’t fade from sunshine.
  4. Don’t sag as time goes on.
LouverWood Shutters in a kitchen

What’s the Greatest Material for Plantation Shutters?

There are many options at hand when selecting your plantation shutters, including wood, composite, polymer/faux wood or vinyl.

Here are several ideas to consider with each option.

Wood Shutters

Wood shutters are the yardstick in shutter materials, providing top quality and attractiveness. They’re also the highest priced.

These energy-efficient shutters come in a collection of color possibilities, with white being the most sought-after in Charleston now.

Intense humidity can be testing for real wood shutters, being that the material typically expands in the summer. However, this window covering can be manufactured with excellent materials and parts to counteract weather.

Composite Shutters

Composite shutters are regularly referred to as imitation wood. This material is generally incorporated in external storm shutters, instead of interior plantation shutters.

Composite is generally an artificial wood product that may integrate additional materials, like water-repellent PVC.

This compacted material has the appearance of real wood. But it’s much heavier and more challenging to install.

Faux Wood Shutters

Faux wood shutters have the appearance of wood but insulate as much as three times better.

They’re constructed of polymer, a kind of artificial material that’s similar to PVC, which is used in many plumbing work now.

This model of shutter:

  • Is dependable
  • Is hardy
  • Keeps its finish
  • Withstands water and humidity
  • Is moderately priced

Faux wood plantation shutters are an ideal replacement to wood plantation shutters when care and worry-free models lead your priority list.

Vinyl Shutters

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

These shutters are quick to dust and resist moisture. Nevertheless, they don’t have a duplicate presence as a quality wood or faux wood style.

Another drawback is that you can’t stain vinyl shutters.

Quality and Installation is Important for Plantation Shutters

At Louver Shop of Charleston, we only have American-produced wood or faux wood models. A better-quality window covering will be stronger and look better in your residence.

You can purchase plantation shutters on a website or through a chain store. But it’s essential to consider several points, due to the fact that a cheaper model may cost you in the long run.

Your new shutters should be:

  • Manufactured with excellent materials and hardware
  • Constructed well
  • Evaluated and set up by a specialist

Your window measurements could differ throughout your rooms. This can be due to the foundation, construction or another issue.

Subsequently, adding ready-made plantation shutters can cause complications like:

  • Louvers falling down or not staying in place.
  • Shutters not keeping sealed or connected to holding magnets.
  • Faded shutters because of UV rays or temperature variances.

At Louver Shop of Charleston, we custom-make our shutters in the United States for your space.

We make sure that every shutter part undergoes a strict quality inspection before shipping the shutters to your residence for for it to be put up.

Once at your residence, our professionally trained, local installation team will guarantee each shutter is mounted precisely and works right to meet your complete satisfaction.

Want to find out more about our window treatments? Schedule a free, in-home design consultation with one of our professionals today. You’ll get to view window treatment models and talk through all the options for your residence.

Signature Shutters in a sitting room

Why You Should Consider Plantation Shutters for Your Charleston House

Like other upgrades you can do to your house, investing in plantation shutters improves your house’s appearance and resale value.

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

Here’s why:

  • They look good
  • They help save energy
  • They’re durable
  • They give great light filtering and privacy

The precise percent of value addition differs by the location and other circumstances. But most Realtors, appraisers and home loan lenders agree quality plantation shutters that are put up precisely have a positive effect on your house’s value.

Any kind of premium shutters is an investment in your home, which is probably the one central asset you own in Charleston. Because of that, we encourage you to consult a local expert, like one from Louver Shop of Charleston, when making a decision about which plantation shutters are ideal for your home.

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