Your Guide To Plantation Shutters

Are you considering upgrading your home’s window treatments from finicky curtains or inflexible blinds? You’ve come to the right place. Plantation shutters are perhaps the most popular style of window shutters in the country today, and in this short guide, we’ll review all of the pertinent details about plantation shutters and the value they can add to your home. 

At Shutters And More, we handcraft some of the finest wooden plantation shutters you’ll find in the Los Angeles area. Once you’ve reviewed the details and learned what makes plantation shutters the best window treatment option for your home, give us a call to schedule your free in-home consultation and quote! You can also check out our handiwork for yourself at our Los Angeles showroom!

What Are Plantation Shutters?

Although plantation shutters were invented by the ancient Greeks, the term ‘plantation shutters’ is most evocative of the southern United States, where this type of window shutters first became popular. Due to the extreme temperatures experienced in the South, plantation shutters became commonplace due to both their aesthetic appeal and their ability to shield homes from outside heat while boosting houses’ retention of heat in the wintertime. 

Plantation shutters are distinguished by their tilted wooden louvers, which are wider than other types of shutters. Plantation shutters are fitted to windows and are opened out (or inward) like doors, rather than being opened with a pull-string like blinds are. 

Are They In Style?

Yes! Plantation shutters are one of the most popular kinds of window shutters in the country, and they’re particularly common in newer homes, as modern home design emphasizes clean lines and simplicity. Regardless of your home’s specific aesthetic, installing plantation shutters communicates a sense of elegance to your guests — and elegance is a timeless quality!

Benefits Of Plantation Shutters

Plantation shutters are a high-value addition to any home that will add a lot more than simply aesthetic appeal to your home. Here are some of the many benefits that plantation shutters offer your home!

They Shield Against Summer Heat — And Boost Your Insulation In Winter

As we briefly mentioned in the previous section, one of the primary ways plantation shutters add value to your home is by boosting your ability to control the temperature within your home. Plantation shutters are more insulatory than other types of window treatments. That means that they keep outside heat out better than other types of window treatments, as well keep the heat inside your home in. There haven’t been specific studies of how significantly plantation shutters can boost your home’s energy efficiency, but given that large amounts of sunlight can raise a room’s temperature by an amount you can feel over the course of the day, we’d bet you’ll be able to notice the difference in your energy bill, too. 


They Enhance The Privacy And Security Of Your Home

Plantation shutters can help you enjoy more privacy in your home. Unlike blinds, which open vertically, plantation shutters open horizontally, which, due to their angle, prevents nosy neighbors or burglars from seeing through the cracks when they’re closed. As you control the amount of natural light pouring into your home with your plantation shutters, you’ll also control just how much of a view the outside world gets of your living space. Only shutters offer this level of security enhancement for your home!


They’re Durable And Easy To Use

Plantation shutters — especially ones made with high-quality wood — last longer than most any other type of window treatment. When you choose custom, handcrafted wooden plantation shutters from Shutters And More In Los Angeles, your shutters are protected with a 10-year warranty, and a lifetime warranty on the installation! 

Plantation shutters are also easier to use than curtains or blinds, which often involve several hanging pull-strings that can get tangled by pets or inexperienced children. 


They’re Adjustable

Plantation shutters are easier to adjust than other types of shutters and window treatments, allowing you to control the level of outside light that makes its way into your home. It also helps you control outside noise, too — wooden plantation shutters are thicker than most other types of window treatments, offering you greater protection of the sweet peace and quiet of home. 


They’re Versatile

Plantation shutters are more versatile than other types of window treatments. Plantation shutters can fit on either the interior or exterior sides of windows, and when you choose handcrafted plantation shutters from Shutters And More, we’ll custom-fit them to the size of your windows, allowing you to place plantation shutters wherever you’d like throughout your home! Most other window treatments are only made to fit standard-sized windows, and most are only appropriate for indoor installation. Plantation shutters can be installed practically anywhere that your home’s aesthetic calls for, or wherever you’d like more control over light, temperature, and sound. 


They’re Low-Maintenance

Once you install plantation shutters, that’s all the hassle you can really expect. Plantation shutters don’t need to be dry cleaned like curtains do or scrubbed down like blinds so — just a simple wipe-down every so often does the trick for plantations shutters. This makes them a great option if you suffer from allergies! We’ll go over how to properly care for wooden plantation shutters in the next section. 


They Can Raise Your Property Value

Just like any accents to your home’s aesthetic, plantation shutters raise a home’s value on the real estate market. Due to the way that plantation shutters boost a home’s energy efficiency, you can expect a more significant boost to your property value than if you were to simply repaint a room or install new carpet. Plantation shutters are an investment that can net you short-term and long-term returns!


They Can Enhance Any Aesthetic

Plantation shutters offer many practical enhancements to your home, but let’s ignore one of the main factors people consider when choosing new window treatments for their home — the aesthetic value. Plantation shutters bring a touch of taste and grace to the homes in which they’re installed, no matter the overall scheme of the home — plantation shutters can bring color and vibrancy to minimalist homes, they can tie together a rustic country home, and they can complement almost all kinds of furniture. They’re an ace in the hole for interior designers — plantation shutters just work with everything!

How To Clean And Care For Plantation Shutters

Plantation shutters are perhaps the most simple window treatment to care for. When you choose the plantation shutters from Shutters And More that are handcrafted from premium, 100% Basswood, all you have to do is dust them every week or two to keep them looking great! For the best results, apply a little furniture polish to a cloth once a month when dusting the shutters. Never use water or scrub them — they don’t need it!

What To Consider When Buying Plantation Shutters

It’s not enough to choose the right window treatment for your home. You have to be able to trust that you’re getting a quality product and a good deal when you buy plantation shutters for your home. Here are a few things to consider when searching for plantation shutters for your home: 

Quality

Plantation shutters are an investment, and you deserve the maximum return for your money. Plantation shutters can be made with a variety of different materials, but, wooden plantation shutters look better and are more durable than vinyl shutters. At Shutters And More, we craft our plantation shutters with select 100% Basswood that looks gorgeous and lasts a decade without fading or warping. Did we mention that we offer a 10-year warranty on our plantation shutters, and a lifetime warranty on service?


Sizing

Plantation shutters are a great addition to any window, but not all manufacturers offer models for non-standard window sizes. Are you hoping to get plantation shutters for large or irregularly-sized areas, such as bay windows? Then you’ll need to shop from a manufacturer like Shutters And More that offers custom-sized plantation shutters to fit snugly and precisely on windows of all sizes.


Placement 

Where do you intend on installing your plantation shutters, on the inside or outside of your home? Plantation shutters are an investment, and you shouldn’t attempt to install them on your own if you want to enjoy the full insulatory benefits and full control over natural light. Choose plantations shutters from a manufacturer like Shutters And More that offer shutter installation too! We guarantee all of our work, and that includes proper placement. 


Reputation Of The Producer

Finally, when shopping for plantation shutters, you’ll want to consider the reputations of prospective shutter dealers, too. How long have they been in business? What kind of warranties do they offer for their shutters and their installation service? How satisfied were their previous clients with their experiences? Peace of mind is important when making a new purchase for your home, and you’ll want to be sure that you’re buying plantation shutters from a company you can trust before finalizing your purchase. 

Choose Plantation Shutters From Shutters And More

If you live in the Los Angeles area, we’re confident that you’ll find no better plantation shutters than the handcrafted wooden shutters we offer at Shutters And More. We’ve been in business for more than 50 years, and our superior craftsmanship and customer service has earned us a sterling reputation and the opportunity to beautify the homes of thousands of Los Angelinos, including some of Hollywood’s finest. We’re confident in the quality of our work. Just look at the benefits we offer:

  • 10-year guarantee on all plantation shutters
  • Lifetime warranty on shutter installation
  • Free in-home consultations and estimates
  • Price match guarantee

So what are you waiting for? Start enjoying lower energy bills and a more beautiful home with gorgeous, custom-crafted wooden plantation shutters from Shutters And More today. Connect with us today to schedule a consultation, or fill out the contact form below to have us reach out to you!