Plantation shutters are a very specific type of window treatment. They are made of wood or faux wood and the louvers are opened and closed using a tilt rod located either in the middle of the plantation shutters or to one side and always hidden. As you consider whether to use plantation shutters or shades, draperies, blinds, or some other kind of window treatments, here’s what you need to know about plantation shutters and their advantages.
They Are Easy to Clean
Unlike curtains and drapes, which must be removed and washed, plantation shutters can simply be wiped with a damp cloth or hand duster. Since the blades are typically wider and farther apart than those on blinds, these shutters are easier to clean than blinds, as well.
They Last a Long Time
At a time when most people have to spend money every seven or eight years to update window treatments, the typical shutter can last as long as 20 years. The shutter louvers do not fade or age in the light of the sun, and the materials do not warp or peel. Even if you decide to change up your look or someone in the house breaks some of the blades, the blades can be removed from their wooden frames and new replacements added.
They Come in a Wide Variety of Materials and Styles
While most plantation shutters try to look like wood, if they’re not actually made from wood, it’s possible to get them in aluminum and PVC as well, both of which are more cost-effective. The blades can be stained, painted, or manufactured for whatever finish matches your home and decor, then covered in special anti-warping and anti-peeling coatings for those plantation shutters that will live in very humid homes. They are also available to cover a whole window, a half a window, or in solid panels that open like a closet or will bi-fold.
They Are Comfortable
Because plantation shutters are made to specification, they will fit snugly wherever you choose to put them. They won’t need any supporting hardware like a curtain rod or a valance, and you have complete control over how much light is allowed in. This makes it possible not only to get near-complete darkness at night and bright light during the day but also to control the angle of the light so that interior furnishings don’t fade.
They Protect You
Plantation shutters do this in two ways. First, they add a layer of security from home invasion. When they are closed they offer complete privacy, making it impossible for a potential home invader to see what’s inside. Many styles offer a locking option that will make it that much harder for any trespasser to break in, and having that lock installed may get you a break on homeowner’s insurance. They’ll also protect you by saving you money: energy bill money. Snug fitting shutters give you a layer of insulation from the cold during the winter, and the ability to close off the blinds on the hottest days will spare your air conditioner, too.
They Look Great
Curtain use up visible space, becoming the focus of the room’s attention. Plantation shutters only cover the window or doors, making a room look more spacious and light and giving you more wall space for other decorations. They also have an elegant look that can even be a door replacement.
They Will Improve Property Value
The curb appeal of plantation shutters is high, as they make the whole home look warmer and more inviting. This and their energy-saving nature mean that your home’s value goes up as soon as plantation shutters are installed.
There are lots of options when it comes to window treatments, and plantation shutters are just one of them. Whatever type of covering you get for your windows, finding the right company to supply and install your window treatments means you’ll get the most of them for years to come.