As a homeowner, you want the best window coverings for your home’s needs. Custom plantation shutters let you control the light entering your home and are excellent for energy efficiency. Here are four things you need to know before installing them.
1. The Features and Benefits of Plantation Shutters
Before you line up design consultants to measure your windows, decide whether shutters are the best choice for your home. Consider their advantages:
- Durability. These types of shutters are more durable than curtains and blinds and are better able to withstand damage from the sun.
- Classic style. Plantation shutters have a classic look that complements most interior design styles.
- Environmentally friendly. They can be made of renewable resources such as hardwood.
- Heat and light control. Both poly and hardwood shutters let you control the amount of heat and light entering your home.
- Value. Installing custom shutters increases the resale value of your home.
- Customization. Whether you want a custom hinge color or a hidden tilt rod, you can choose from a variety of customization options.
Interior window shutters are not for everyone, however. Here are some things to consider before ordering of plantation shutters:
- Investment cost. When looking at plantation shutters vs. blinds, the cost of plantation shutters is significantly higher due to the long term investment and the quality of the materials.
- Visibility. Traditional shutters are visible at all times and will obstruct small portions of your exterior view.
- Compatibility. Some Interior shutters can be incompatible with tilt-in windows.
2. Are Plantation Shutters Still in Style in 2023?
The style we now know as plantation shutters has been around since ancient times. Although the design and materials have changed over the years, this style of window shutter has remained popular.
Today, it’s one of the most commonly purchased window treatments in the U.S. According to Architect’s Diary, shutters are both classic and timeless.
3. What Are Plantation Shutters Called Now?
Plantation shutters take their name from their popularity among America’s antebellum plantations. While the name has held, some now find it offensive due to the role those plantations played in American history. Alternative names include wood shutters, interior shutters, and window shutters.
4. How Much Does it Cost to Put in Shutters?
Your style and budget as well as your home’s design will factor into your choice of window treatments. Your cost will be impacted by:
- Materials. Real wood shutters are more expensive than composite or faux wood shutters.
- Window size. Shutters for larger windows require more materials.
- Louver sizes. Wider louvers are more durable and energy-efficient but may be more expensive.
A free in-home consultation is the best way to determine your costs.
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Avalon Shutters’ custom-built shutters will transform your home. Made from North American hardwood or moisture-resistant poly, our shutters are designed to last. Book a consultation today to learn more.