Many homeowners and businesses are finding out why plantation shutters are such a great way to add function, value, and beauty to their homes and offices buildings. Plantation shutters are a relatively inexpensive way to make a big change in the appearance and value of your home. As opposed to the more common shutters that most people are familiar with, plantation shutters are located on the interior of the window, and are fully operational.
Traditional plantation shutters have a rather simple design. They typically are made up of a pair of vertical panels. Sometimes, plantation shutters can be found with more than two panels, rather using a larger number of panels for a more unique look.
The horizontal slats found on the top and bottom of the shutter are referred to as the ‘rails’. Some plantation shutters may also contain one or more horizontal rails in the center of the shutter, dividing the plantation shutter into separate tiers. Located on the sides of the shutter, are vertical ‘stiles’.
‘Louvers’ are the parallel slats found between the stiles, which can be tilted and adjusted to allow in more or less light, as well as air flow when the window sash is opened. Louvers can be made in a number of various sizes and shapes, and are normally the most customizable part of these shutters.
The louvers can range in size greatly, allowing for more options. It is important to keep in mind that the wider the louver, the more light and air will be allowed into the room when they are opened. Also, in terms of appearance, larger windows look better with plantation shutters that include wider louvers. This is also true for larger rooms. The ’tilt rod’ is the mechanism that controls the movement of the louvers. These also come in a variety of styles. Some of these tilt rods are actually designed into the shutter, hiding the rod from view. These are appropriately referred to as hidden tilt rods.
Plantation shutters are available in several different materials. Vinyl and PVC plantation shutters are starting to become more popular, but they don’t compare to real wood shutters, in terms of beauty and style. Wooden plantation shutters can be made from all sorts of wood, including rich woods such as pine, cherry, mahogany, and walnut. The type of wood used is second only to the quality of construction, including the cut, sanding, and finishing of the product.