When you hear the term “plantation shutters,” you might picture the shutters your grandparents hung in their home. You could be picturing a narrow frame with miniature louvers, knobs and a clasp to keep the panels shut.
Known as traditional shutters, this window treatment is the most historically faithful model of shutters. They’re created just like they used to be many years ago. And they’re a great model if you have a historic house.
But what about real plantation shutters? Are these broad-louvered, usually white shutters still stylish now? Or are they out of date?
At Louver Shop of Columbia, our American-made plantation shutters remain a popular seller currently. They’re also desired by homebuyers due to their longevity, light-filtering capability and energy conservation. In some cases, they may even improve your residence’s resale value.
So, we can definitely say, plantation shutters are still in style in Columbia. And they’ll remain popular for many years.
Here are a few suggestions for how you can make this timeless window treatment fit with your home.
Designing Your Plantation Shutters
At Louver Shop of Columbia, we make customizing your plantation shutters an uncomplicated process. We begin with a free consultation, where you’ll be matched with a local expert. You’ll check out shutter samples and obtain professional measurements, all at no charge and at no obligation.
One of the early steps in picking the best plantation shutter is determining a plantation shutter material.
Choosing a Material
- Wood is a luxury shutter material. It’s the lightest, hardiest and most standard for plantation shutters. We make our Louver Shop of Columbia wood shutters from furniture-grade wood, which is the finest wood available. Because of their lightness and strength, wood shutters are ideal for covering large windows. But they aren’t the smartest option for rooms with high temps or intense humidity.
- Faux wood, also called polymer, is a lower-priced shutter material. This material is also the most energy efficient, since it insulates up to three times more superiorly than wood. We manufacture our Louver Shop of Columbia faux wood shutters from solid cellular PVC. This material looks very similar to wood. And it can stand up to heat, humidity and moisture without cracking.
- A blend of the two materials gives you the strength of wood frames and the energy conservation of faux wood louvers.
Determining Louver Thickness
Our plantation shutters can be designed with three different louver widths, 2½”, 3½” or 4½”. The narrowest width fits well with traditional homes, such as colonial, while a bigger style enhances updated farmhouse and other up-to-date architectural styles. The larger width also offers a more expansive view, as well as more sunlight and air.
Plantation shutters are opened and closed with a tilt rod. This rod is stapled to louvers in the center of each panel. For a designer appearance, our PerfectView™ Louver Control System obscures the tilt bar from view.
Normally plantation shutters are stained or painted white. White is a traditional plantation shutter color that makes your residence feel lighter, airier and bigger. But a lot our plantation shutter styles are available in custom shades. Make yours stand out in your residence by choosing a modern finish, such as gray, black or red.
Whichever color or stain you select, you can rest easy being aware your Louver Shop of Columbia shutters have a water-based, low VOC finish. Foreign-made shutters can give off large concentrations of VOCs, or volatile organic compounds. These chemical gases may create headaches and respiratory problems.
Design Your Custom Plantation Shutters with Louver Shop of Columbia
There’s a reason we’re the #1 company for plantation shutters in Columbia. Through our professional skill, free consultation and simple pricing, we make designing custom shutters an easy, and even delightful, process. Ready to start designing your shutters? Give us a call at 888-428-1415 or contact us online now to get your free consultation.