Things To Know Before You Select Plantation Shutters

Plantation shutters off a stylish, attractive means of protecting your windows while also moderating the amount of sunlight that shines through them. These shutters feature horizontal slats, and they mount to your window frames on the interior of your home, so you can easily open and close them. One of the best things about plantation shutters is that there are so many different styles to choose from. However, this can also make choosing just one style a little difficult. Here are a few things to know before you select your plantation shutters. This knowledge should help you make a more informed selection.

They really should be professionally installed.

Some window treatment companies will quote you a price for plantation shutters that includes the cost of installation. You may be tempted to say "no thank you" and just install the shutters yourself, but that would be a mistake. These shutters are heavy, and as such, they need to be properly mounted to the window frame. Mount them incorrectly, and you risk damaging the window frame, the shutter, or both. The shutters also have to be installed level so that they open and close as intended. Factor professional installation into your budget; it really is necessary.

Slat width has a big impact on appearance.

The slats or louvers that reach horizontally across the plantation shutter can be wide or thin. The wider they are, the more space there is between them when the shutters are open. In general, plantation shutters with a lot of thin slates look busier and more traditional. Those with fewer thick slats have a more modern, minimalist look. For best results, choose plantation shutters with a look that coordinates with the rest of your home's appearance.

Wood is not your only option.

Plantation shutters are traditionally made from painted wood. But as they are right next to your windows, they can get damp, which will cause them to require scraping and painting from time to time. If you would rather not put in this maintenance, look into plantation shutters made from a material other than wood. There are some made from composite, which has a wood-like look but is impervious to rot. You can also find vinyl ones, although those look decidedly more modern.

With the knowledge above, you should have an easier time selecting plantation shutters that coordinate with your home's appearance. Before long, you'll be enjoying their beauty from the comfort of your own home.