Learning About Historical Window Replacement and Materials

Learning About Historical Window Replacement and Materials

Top Things To Know Before You Select Plantation Shutters

Isaiah Brewer

Plantation shutters can transform the look of your home, both inside and out. These more permanent window treatments don't need to be laundered like curtains, and they don't have complicated strings you need to operate, like blinds or shades. However, there are a lot of options when it comes to plantation shutters. As such, it is helpful to know these key things before you head to the showroom and select plantation shutters for your house.

1. Louver placement is key

Plantation shutters are often seen as really traditional and rustic. However, you can actually find ones with a more sleek, modern look, too. It mostly depends on how the louvers are placed. Louvers that are really close together, such as 2 or 2 1/2 inches apart, result in a really textured plantation shutter with a traditional look. Louvers that are more like 4 or 5 inches apart result in a much simpler look that coordinates with the clean lines in more modern homes. So, when shopping for plantation shutters, ask yourself how modern you want them to look. The more modern, the larger the louvers you should choose.

2. Hardware is important

There's not a lot of hardware associated with plantation shutters. Most just have a set of hinges and a latch. However, you do not want to overlook the finish on this hardware when selecting plantation shutters. Because there is so little hardware, it really calls attention to itself. Make sure the finish on the hardware matches the hardware elsewhere in your home.

3. Non-motorized options are still functional

These days, you can find motorized plantation shutters that open and close with a touch of a button. There are even smart options that you can control from your smartphone. These features are nice, but if you're on a budget, don't be afraid to stick with traditional, non-motorized plantation shutters. They are still much easier to open and close than most window treatments.

4. Plantation shutters should be professionally installed

As you look at various shutter options, pay attention to whether the pricing includes professional installation. These shutters are harder to hang than you might imagine, and they do need to be installed carefully in order to ensure they operate correctly. So, opting for professional installation is always a smart choice.

Selecting plantation shutters can be fun, especially if you have a good idea of what you're looking for. Keep the advice above in mind, and go for it.


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Hello, my name is Valencia. Welcome to my website about windows. I want to share information about sourcing period-specific windows for your historical home. In many locations, historical societies will only issue renovation permits once the homeowner proves the materials are accurate to the build date of that structure. The windows must look and function exactly as they would new in that historical time period. My site will contain information about ordering, installing and maintaining these windows. I hope you will use the information on my site to keep your historical home in great shape through the decades. Thanks for visiting.