Plantation Shutters vs. California Shutters vs. Traditional Shutters | Louver Shop of Pittsburgh
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What's the Difference Between Plantation Shutters, California Shutters and Traditional Shutters?

Installing custom shutters can add a burst of color and style to your house.

As they are a long-lasting investment, you’ll want to make the choice that best serves your style and budget. After all, premier shutters could even help boost your Pittsburgh residence’s value.

There are many interior shutter options to pick from—plantation shutters, California shutters and traditional shutters. In addition, there’s a wide variety of colors, stains and materials!

There are little discrepancies between the three types, and they may impact how these shutters will appear in your home. One of the top contrasts is the louver size, but there are added differences also.

When you work with a window treatment professional like Louver Shop of Pittsburgh, we make it simple to choose the right shutters for your rooms.

Our free, in-home consultation assists you get started. We’ll bring the styles to your house so you can view our attractive, long-lasting shutters. That way, you can view how the colors and materials will complement your windows.

Keep reading to find out the tiny variations between the three types.


Plantation Shutters

Plantation shutters are the best-selling interior shutters now. They’re typically designed with a 3 ½” louver but can also have 2 ½” or 4 ½” louvers.

If you want a modern appearance that can lighten any space and add a luxurious detail, plantation shutters are a fantastic option.

Materials and Colors

Premium shutters are built from thick cellular PVC, furniture-grade wood or a mixture of the two materials.

PVC helps conserve energy because it insulates up to three times better than wood. It’s also lightweight and durable. Wood offers a traditional style and can be stained to fit your desired color palette.

They frequently come in bright colors to let more light into an area, but also are created in darker colors.

Louver Width

Louver size affects how expansive of a view you’ll get when your shutters are open. And how much light will be let into your room.

  • 2 ½”—This the narrowest louver size for plantation shutters. It works well if you want to complement current shutters in your home or are going for a classic look. This size works well for smaller windows, but also can be installed on large ones.
  • 3 ½”—This is one of the most popular louver widths, as it gives a contemporary appearance. It works well on small to large windows while allowing in abundant sun.
  • 4 ½”—This is also a favorite louver size, as it has an ultra- up-to-date look. It’s ideal for picture windows and patio doors, as it delivers the widest view.

California Shutters

California shutters have a 2 ½” louver that’s frequently white.

Deluxe types of this shutter are made from thick cellular PVC or furniture-grade wood. They can also be manufactured from a mixture of the two materials.

This style can be stained or painted a range of colors, though California shutters are usually white. This keeps spaces welcoming while allowing in sunlight.

Since California shutters have a smaller louver, they have a more traditional appearance. They suit either small or large windows.

We can help you design this option for your home by modifying our most wanted plantation shutters.


Traditional Shutters

Traditional shutters are a historically true look with small frames and 1 ¼” minute louvers.

The best kinds of this shutter are manufactured from fine natural wood, such as basswood. They provide a traditional style that works with any window size.

We founded Louver Shop of Pittsburgh on these shutters many years ago. At this moment, we’re part of a few companies in the world who still sell this style.

Fit is Important for Custom Shutters

A tight fit is essential, whatever shutter type you pick.

Pre-made shutters may feel like a great purchase, but they might not be suitable for you windows. And if they’re foreign made, you can’t be sure what type of quality you’re going to have. Or if they’ll work for more than a few years.

That’s why we’ll complete exact measurements ahead of custom-manufacturing your shutters here in the U.S.. Then we finish the process with pro installation to provide a seamless appearance.

To begin making your shutters, reach us at 888-428-1415 or contact us online to request a free, in-home consultation. We’ll bring styles to your living room, measure your windows and provide you with a Complete Comfort Pricing™ quote. All at no cost and under no obligation.