Yes winter is here. This week we are seeing record lows in the Myrtle Beach area and although they say we will be returning to milder temperatures this will probably be a temporary reprieve.  It is only January after all.  With cooler weather you want to think about how you can keep your home warm and secure andplantation shutters can be a great addition to your home and give you the warmth you desire.  Shutters can accomplish keeping the heat in your home while at the same time protecting your privacy.

Plantation Shutters a Great Choice For Your Home

We often are asked exactly what are plantation shutters? They actually originated in the pre civil war era and were louvered panels which were fixed either on the inside or outside of doors and windows.  This type of shutter is available in painted wood, hardwood and can be waterproofed for shower rooms, bathrooms or swimming pool areas.

Type of plantation shutters include full height shutters, tier shutters or café style shutters.  Originally used in France, café shutters are used to create an intimate dining experience while at the same time not eliminating the natural light.  This type of shutter covers only the bottom half of a window which helps to keep your privacy and let in plenty of light.

As you would expect, full-length shutters are designed to cover the entire window and are an appealing choice for your office as well as your home.  Tier shutters also cover the entire window, however, they are separated into two sections.  This is an excellent solution that gives you privacy and at the same time allows you to open sections of the window on sunny days.

An alternative to plantation shutters is a solid shutter which was introduced in Victorian times to help keep the heat in the home.  This type of shutter consists of solid panels where plantation shutters are composed of louvers which are very popular today.  Solid shutters are usually made from cedar wood and can be painted or a wide variety of finishes is also available.  Solid shutters are good for insulating your home and eliminating external noise.  Solid shutters make good partitions between rooms and are a good substitute for folding doors.

How do Plantation Shutters Help With Your Heating Bills?

As the weather is turning colder outside, the temperature falls on the inside.  Rain, frost and wind can rapidly decrease the temperature of your home or office.  Many of you may have already grabbed that extra sweater or sweatshirt.  Of course, when you turn up the heat you are also turning up your heating bill.

Plantations shutters or solid shutters will help to insulate your home from the cold by reducing the loss of heat through the window glass.  When the shutters are closed, you are providing an extra layer of wood between the window and the inside air.  Solid shutters are especially effective in your bedroom at night.  As an added benefit, you are getting a good night’s sleep by blocking out any external light or noise.

Be Secure with Plantation Shutters.

With shorter days in the winter, we keep our lights on longer which lends itself to a privacy issue in our homes.  Because of the outside darkness, people can see into your homes and a potential thief can see if there is anything of value and the best way to access your residence.  Plantation Shutters can act as a barrier to the outside and ensure that you and your family are safe.

With either solid or plantation shutters, you can close them at night and provide privacy from the outside world.  They are also a deterrent for an outside intruder as they provide another layer that would be needed to break through.  During the day, shutters can be opened to provide the warm of the sun and provide needed natural light.

Because you can adjust the position of plantation shutters, you have the best of all worlds.  When you need the light, simply adjust the louvers accordingly.  This will allow the light to stream into your home while still blocking the view of an outside intruder.

AAA Blinds and Shutters have a full range of plantation shutters than can be custom built to your specifications.  We will come to your home, measure your windows, create  your custom shutters and then install them.

All of this in less time than ordering pre-made plantation shutters.  And you will be pleasantly surprised at how reasonable the cost.