In South Carolina, Plantation Shutters are popular window treatments. If you are from another part of the country, you may not be familiar with plantation shutters. Myrtle Beach Shutters wanted to share some information to help you decide if this type of shutter is right for your home.
Not only will Plantation Shutters add to the beauty of your home, they can also add to the resale value of your property when the time comes to sell your home. Plantation Shutters are a classic window treatment and add a touch of sophistication to any décor.
Features of Plantation Shutters
Plantation Shutters are flexible in that they can be customized to fit any type of door or window in your home. This includes French doors, sliding doors or standard entryway doors. They are also a good treatment for unusually shaped windows. If you have windows in your home that are not standard, you will want to contact a local manufacturer of Plantation Shutters who can accurately measure your windows for proper fitting.
In addition to being able to fit almost any shaped window, Plantation Shades come in a variety of finishes, making them a perfect fit for any homeowner’s taste or budget.
Plantation Shutters can be constructed from either wood or fake-wood (often referred to as faux wood.) Hardwoods for these shutters include Poplar, Basswood and Pine. This will allow you to select a grain type that best fits your style of decorating. Faux wood shutters are constructed from a man-made material such as polymer or a combination of wood, vinyl and/or plastic. This tends to make the shades lighter in weight.
Prices will vary depending on the type of construction, but a rule of thumb is the faux wood Plantation Shutters will be approximately 25% less than those made of hardwood or other special types of wood.
The panels or width of the slats can vary from slim for door panels to wider slats for windows. The panels can also be hinged together to cover a large expanse such as a picture window or several windows that are side-by-side in a Carolina room.
Styles and Options for Plantation Shutters
There are several types of styles available:
- Café type which cover the bottom half of the window only
- Double tiered shutters that will cover the entire window and allow you to open either the bottom or top for ventilation.
Shutters are ordered with louvers or slats which come in a variety of widths. Plantation Shutters offer year round protection from the weather, which will help lower electric bills. Because you can choose which louvers to open or close, you can protect your furniture from the sun’s glare.
Maintenance of Plantation Shutters
If you are installing wood shutters, you will want to use a dust cloth and spray wax that you would use on your wood furnishings. For faux wood shutters, use a cloth and gentle dish soap mixed with water. This should be sufficient to remove fingerprints, smudges and spills on the shutters.
Plantation Shutters can be used in any room and provide privacy while at the same time providing “curb appeal.” Many realtors in our area agree that Plantation Shutters improve the appeal of a home. Because of their flexibility, you can use a faux wood shutter in a children’s room where there may be more activity and a hardwood finish in a formal living room. They can be manufactured to be of the same color and bring continuity throughout your home.
Don’t assume that custom made plantation shutters are outside of your budget. AAA Blind and Shutter Factory makes these shutters locally and they are very cost effective. Give us a call today for a quote on your plantation shutters. You will be glad you did.