When you hear the words “plantation shutters,” you might imagine the shutters your grandparents hung in their house. You may be picturing a thin frame with miniature louvers, knobs and a clasp to keep the panels shut.
Named traditional shutters, this window treatment is the most historical style of shutters. They’re designed the same as they used to be many years ago. And they’re an excellent model if you own a historic home.
But what about true plantation shutters? Are these thick-louvered, typically white shutters still stylish this year? Or are they out of date?
At Louver Shop of Boston, our American-manufactured plantation shutters remain a top seller now. They’re also coveted by homebuyers because of their longevity, light-filtering capability and energy savings. In some cases, they may even improve your home’s resale value.
So, we can certainly respond, plantation shutters are still in style in Boston. And they’ll remain in style for years to come.
Here are several suggestions for how you can make this classic window treatment fit with your house.
Designing Your Plantation Shutters
At Louver Shop of Boston, we make designing your plantation shutters a simple activity. We begin with a free consultation, where you’ll be paired with a local designer. You’ll check out shutter samples and get professional measurements, all at no cost and at no obligation.
One of the early steps in picking the ideal plantation shutter is confirming a plantation shutter material.
Selecting a Material
- Wood is a luxury shutter material. It’s the lightest, hardiest and most standard for plantation shutters. We produce our Louver Shop of Boston wood shutters from furniture-grade wood, which is the best wood you can buy. Because of their lightness and strength, wood shutters are great for covering big windows. But they aren’t the best choice for rooms with high heat or severe humidity.
- Faux wood, also known as polymer, is a lower-priced shutter material. This material is also the most energy efficient, because it insulates up to three times greater than wood. We manufacture our Louver Shop of Boston faux wood shutters from solid cellular PVC. This material appears very similar to wood. And it can stand up to heat, humidity and moisture without flaking.
- A combination of the two materials offers you the durability of wood frames and the energy savings of faux wood louvers.
Determining Louver Thickness
Our plantation shutters can be customized with three varying louver widths, 2½”, 3½” or 4½”. The smallest measurement is great for classical residences, for instance colonial, while a wider size works with modern farmhouse and other contemporary architectural styles. The thicker width also offers a greater view, as well as extra natural light and air.
Plantation shutters are opened and closed with a tilt rod. This rod is stapled to louvers in the center of each panel. For an ultramodern look, our PerfectView™ Louver Control System obscures the tilt bar from view.
Generally plantation shutters are stained or painted white. White is a classic plantation shutter color that makes your residence feel lighter, airier and more spacious. But many of our plantation shutter types are available in custom tints. Make yours distinctive in your home by selecting a fashionable finish, like gray, black or red.
Whatever color or stain you settle on, you can rest easy realizing your Louver Shop of Boston shutters use a water-based, low VOC finish. Foreign-manufactured shutters could issue large concentrations of VOCs, or volatile organic compounds. These chemical fumes might lead to headaches and respiratory problems.
Create Your Custom Plantation Shutters with Louver Shop of Boston
There’s a reason we’re the #1 company for plantation shutters in Boston. Through our professional skill, free consultation and simple pricing, we make creating custom shutters an easy, and even delightful, process. Prepared to begin customizing your shutters? Get in touch with us a call at 888-428-1415 or contact us online today to get your free consultation.