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Why Your Plantation Shutters are Turning Yellow and What You Can Do About It

White plantation shutters have been a classic in homes across the United States for years. These window treatments are popular for their energy efficiency, light control and clean lines that suit a wide range of home styles. Plus, white fits with anything, even as décor tastes change over the years.

With white window treatments, it’s natural to be concerned that the sun might discolor them. This is particularly true if your home endures intense sunlight or faces south. It’s useful to know that not all window treatments are built the same. And that some plantation shutters are more vulnerable to yellowing than others. Here’s why.

Why Plantation Shutters Turn Yellow

The sun’s ultraviolet rays are responsible for giving you irritating sunburns. They’re also responsible for yellowing your white plantation shutters, especially if you have inexpensive or overseas-made shutters. These harmful rays can eat away at protective coating over time. Once the coating is worn away, the sun could tarnish the paint and cause it to appear yellow.

Consistent cleaning will help keep your shutters looking bright. But once they start turning yellow, there isn’t much else you can do to fix it. The best way to prevent your shutters from yellowing is to find high-quality ones that are custom made for your home.

Why Cheap Plantation Shutters Are More Susceptible to Yellowing and Other Issues

Like many other things you buy for your home, you get what you pay for when it comes to window treatments. Here’s why cheap or off-the-shelf plantation shutters aren’t as good of a deal as they initially look to be.

  • They sometimes won’t fit your windows very well. For the most energy efficiency and light control, plantation shutters work best if they fit right against the window frame. Cheaper plantation shutters are usually not a good fit, and your efficiency and light management may suffer as a result.
  • They’re built from low-grade materials. Cheaper plantation shutters are reliant on low-quality materials, including vinyl and composite, and are usually hollow. Besides yellowing, they might also be more vulnerable|exposed|susceptible]512] to distortion, fracture or breaking off into splinters.
  • They’re painted with low-quality paint. Cheap paint sometimes contains volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. These chemicals can be emitted by your shutters over time, resulting in headaches and eye and nasal irritation in many people. It’s also helpful to know that poor-quality paint doesn’t always possess a a protective UV coating, which could speed up the yellowing process.
  • They’re made overseas. You never know the sort of quality you could get with plantation shutters that are built overseas. They are typically lower quality than ones that are made in the U.S..
  • They may require continuous maintenance. Cheaply made plantation shutters often need frequent maintenance if any parts become loose or louvers begin to wilt. On some occasions, you may not be able to reverse sagging louvers if your shutters don’t possess tension screws.
  • They don’t come with a warranty.

Louver Shop of Pittsburgh Plantation Shutters Are Guaranteed Against Yellowing and Other Problems

At Louver Shop of Pittsburgh, we’ve been building our company on exceptional plantation shutters for some time. Here’s why investing in our shutters is a great decision for your home.

  • Our plantation shutters are customized for your home. No two homes or windows are identical, and your window treatments should reflect that. We begin our process with a free, in-home consultation so you can compare all the options in detail. From material to louver size and frame style, you’ll be able to fully customize your plantation shutters. And alongside our free professional measurements and free standard installation, you’re guaranteed to get a perfect fit with your new shutters.
  • Our plantation shutters are made from top-notch materials. Whether you pick our polymer LouverWood® shutters for top energy efficiency or Heritage shutters for the most traditional look, you’re getting window treatments made from premium materials. We utilize an exclusive polymer and furniture-grade hardwoods in our shutters that not only look good but perform for years.
  • Our plantation shutters are painted with exclusive paints. Louver Shop of Pittsburgh plantation shutters are finished with proprietary water-based paints. These paints are safer for you and your family since they’re nontoxic and low in VOCs. They’re also protected against fading and yellowing.
  • Our plantation shutters are made in the USA. We manufacture your custom shutters domestically in Gainesville, Georgia. Not only are they high quality, this means you’ll also receive them much sooner, generally within a few weeks.
  • Our plantation shutters are low maintenance. Our shutters are simple to clean and won’t need to be tightened.
  • Our plantation shutters are supported by one of the best limited warranties. Louver Shop of Pittsburgh plantation shutters are guaranteed against some of the most common issues, including yellow, fading, cracking, peeling, sagging and warping. They also provide a lifetime limited warranty on moving parts, workmanship and the painted finish.

Start Designing Your Custom Plantation Shutters with Louver Shop of Pittsburgh Today

Plantation shutters are an investment in your house’s sense of comfort. Picking the right ones means you’ll enjoy gorgeous shutters for years with hassle-free performance. With your vision and our expertise, you’re guaranteed to create window treatments you’ll love. Begin elevating your home with Louver Shop of Pittsburgh by requesting your free, in-home consultation today! Call us at 888-428-1415 to schedule your appointment now.