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What are Plantation Shutters?

Plantation shutters are a favorite style for interior shutters in Pittsburgh. These wood or faux wood window treatments mount on your window frame.

Plantation shutters give privacy and light filtration by lifting or pulling down a dowel. This dowel is attached to the middle or side of the louvers.

Why Are Plantation Shutters Named ‘Plantation Shutters’?

The term of “plantation shutter” originated in the American South, due to their upscale look and keeping plantation houses cool in the summer.

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

The history of this window treatment dates back to 12th-century Greece, where marble louvers were set in stone.

Nowadays, the term commonly describes a window treatment model with:

  • Wider louvers—2 ½-inch, 3 ½-inch or 4 ½-inch
  • Traditional front-fixed tilt bar

These are the most used kind of shutters for homes across the USA and here in Pittsburgh.

4 Perks to Using Plantation Shutters

When properly produced, these shutters:

  1. Are stronger as opposed to window blinds or shades.
  2. Are easy to dust.
  3. Don’t fade from sunlight.
  4. Don’t droop over the years.
LouverWood Shutters in a kitchen

What’s the Best Material for Plantation Shutters?

There are a variety of possibilities at hand when designing your plantation shutters, such as wood, composite, polymer/faux wood or vinyl.

Here are a few ideas to review with the individual options.

Wood Shutters

Wood shutters are the yardstick in shutter materials, offering excellent quality and attractiveness. They’re also the most expensive.

These energy-conserving shutters come in a variety of stain choices, with white being the most ordered in Pittsburgh now.

Intense humidity can be challenging for real wood shutters, being that the material typically swells in the summer. However, this shutter can be assembled with quality materials and hardware to counteract environmental conditions.

Composite Shutters

Composite shutters are often known as synthetic wood. This material is most often geared toward exterior storm shutters, instead of interior plantation shutters.

Composite is typically an artificial wood product that may incorporate other materials, like waterproof PVC.

This packed down product looks like 100% wood. But it’s much heavier and more difficult to install.

Faux Wood Shutters

Faux wood shutters resemble wood but insulate approximately three times better.

They’re manufactured from polymer, a type of plastic that’s comparable to PVC, which is involved in the majority of plumbing work today.

This kind of shutter:

  • Is reliable
  • Is sturdy
  • Retains its tint
  • Withstands water and humidity
  • Is economical

Faux wood plantation shutters are a fantastic alternative to wood plantation shutters when maintenance and problem-free options lead your priorities.

Vinyl Shutters

Vinyl shutters are the most reasonable plantation shutter, but also the shortest lasting.

This kind of shutters are fast to clean and resist moisture. However, they don’t provide an equivalent look as a choice wood or faux wood model.

A further drawback is that you can’t change the finish of vinyl shutters.

Quality and Installation is Significant for Plantation Shutters

At Louver Shop of Pittsburgh, we only have American-produced wood or faux wood products. A better-quality window treatment will be stronger and look better in your space.

You can obtain plantation shutters on the Internet or through a major retailer. But it’s crucial to think over several points, because a bargain product may cost you in the long run.

Your new shutters should be:

  • Produced with good materials and components
  • Made properly
  • Fitted and set up by an expert

Your window dimensions can fluctuate across your house. This may be a result of the foundation, building processes or a separate reason.

As a consequence, using off-the-shelf plantation shutters can lead to issues such as:

  • Louvers falling closed or not staying in place.
  • Shutters not remaining closed or linked to holding magnets.
  • Bleached shutters because of sun or temperature differences.

At Louver Shop of Pittsburgh, we custom-create our shutters in America for your house.

We ensure that every shutter piece is subject to a thorough quality inspection before sending the window treatment to your residence for installation.

Once at your residence, our highly trained, local installation team will assure each shutter is fixed precisely and works like it should to meet your complete satisfaction.

Want to hear more about our shutters, shades and blinds? Schedule a free, in-home design consultation with one of our experts right away. You’ll get to see product samples and review all the possibilities for your residence.

Signature Shutters in a sitting room

Why You Should Consider Plantation Shutters for Your Pittsburgh House

Like different upgrades you can do to your house, buying plantation shutters benefits your residence’s attractiveness and resale value.

According to realtor.com, plantation shutters are often preferred by future homebuyers.

Here’s why:

  • They’re stylish
  • They help save energy
  • They’re durable
  • They offer great light management and privacy

The exact percent of value increase differs by the market and other reasons. But most Realtors, appraisers and mortgage companies agree fine plantation shutters that are put up precisely have a beneficial effect on your house’s value.

Any kind of quality shutters is an investment in your residence, which is presumably the individual central item you have in Pittsburgh. Because of that, we urge you to consult a local expert, such as one from Louver Shop of Pittsburgh, when determining which plantation shutters are best for your home.

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