When you hear the words “plantation shutters,” you might imagine the shutters your grandparents used in their residence. 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 historically faithful style of shutters. They’re designed the same as they used to be many years ago. And they’re an excellent match if you own a historic home.
But what about true plantation shutters? Are these thick-louvered, typically white shutters still in demand this year? Or are they dated?
At Louver Shop of Boston, our American-created plantation shutters remain a top seller now. They’re also coveted by homebuyers as a result of their performance, light-filtering effectiveness 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.
Creating Your Plantation Shutters
At Louver Shop of Boston, we make creating 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 charge and at no obligation.
One of the early steps in picking the ideal plantation shutter is determining a plantation shutter material.
Picking a Material
- Wood is a premier shutter material. It’s the lightest, sturdiest and most classic for plantation shutters. We produce our Louver Shop of Boston wood shutters from furniture-grade wood, which is the best wood you can get. Because of their lightness and strength, wood shutters are great for covering big windows. But they aren’t the best solution for rooms with high temps or severe humidity.
- Faux wood, also known as polymer, is a lower-priced shutter material. This material is also the most energy efficient, since it insulates up to three times greater than wood. We make our Louver Shop of Boston faux wood shutters from solid cellular PVC. This material has the appearance of wood. And it can stand up to heat, humidity and moisture without flaking.
- A combination of the two materials provides you the durability of wood frames and the energy savings of faux wood louvers.
Determining Louver Size
Our plantation shutters can be customized with three differing louver widths, 2½”, 3½” or 4½”. The slimmest size is great for classic homes, 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 added natural light and air.
Plantation shutters are moved with a tilt rod. This rod is stapled to louvers in the center of each panel. For an ultracontemporary look, our PerfectView™ Louver Control System conceals the tilt bar from view.
Customarily plantation shutters are stained or painted white. White is a classic plantation shutter color that makes your house feel lighter, airier and more spacious. But many of our plantation shutter types are available in custom tints. Make yours stand out in your home by picking a stylish finish, like gray, black or red.
Whatever color or stain you select, you can rest easy being aware your Louver Shop of Boston shutters use a water-based, low VOC finish. Shutters made overseas could give off large concentrations of VOCs, or volatile organic compounds. These chemical fumes can cause 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 uncomplicated, and even enjoyable, process. Want 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.