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What's the Difference Between Plantation Shutters, California Shutters and Traditional Shutters?

Adding custom shutters can add a touch of brightness and sophistication to your space.

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 may even help boost your Pittsburgh house’s value.

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

There are tiny distinctions between the three models, and they may impact how these shutters will look in your home. One of the key contrasts is the louver size, but there are more differences in addition.

When you work with a window treatment expert like Louver Shop of Pittsburgh, we make it simple to pick 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 tints 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 desire a modern appearance that can lighten any area and add a luxurious appearance, plantation shutters are a fantastic solution.

Materials and Colors

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

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

They commonly come in white colors to let more light into a space, but also are created in darker shades.

Louver Width

Louver size affects how broad 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 work with current shutters in your home or are looking for a historical look. This size works well for smaller windows, but also can be put on large ones.
  • 3 ½”—This is one of the most popular louver thicknesses, as it gives a contemporary appearance. It works well on small to large windows while permitting in enough light.
  • 4 ½”—This is also a favorite louver size, as it has an ultra- up-to-date style. 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 usually white.

Deluxe kinds of this shutter are crafted from thick cellular PVC or furniture-grade wood. They may also be manufactured from a blend of the two materials.

This style can be stained or painted a range of colors, except California shutters are commonly a brighter color. This keeps spaces welcoming while allowing in light.

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

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


Traditional Shutters

Traditional shutters are a historically correct style with close frames and 1 ¼” minute louvers.

The best types of this shutter are created from blemish-free real wood, such as basswood. They deliver a classic style that works with any window size.

We created Louver Shop of Pittsburgh on these shutters many years ago. Now, we’re among a few companies in the world who still sell this style.

Fit is Crucial for Custom Shutters

A close fit is essential, no matter which shutter type you pick.

Off-the-shelf shutters may feel like a great purchase, but they may not be suitable for you windows. And if they’re foreign made, you can’t know what level of quality you’re going to have. Or if they’ll last.

That’s why we’ll do skilled measurements prior to custom-manufacturing your shutters here in the United States. Then we finish the process with pro installation to ensure a good appearance.

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

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