The history of plantation shutters began in the southern states as they provided insulation to keep homes warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
Plantation shutters are characterized by their tilted louvers or overlapping uniform slats of wood. The look is similar to the slats you’d see on blinds.
However, unlike blinds that cover the entirety of the window, plantation shutters can be fitted to fit any shape or size window or door. Plantation shutters add an elegant and uniform finish to any room in the house.
Beyond their aesthetic appeal, plantation shutters offer homeowners a variety of added benefits and in this blog, we’re focusing on four.
Once your plantation shutters are installed, they’re considered a permanent attachment to your home which results in added value to your property.
Of course, there’s always the question of whether or not a home improvement is worth the investment and when it comes to plantation shutters, you may easily recoup the funds you paid for the shutters when you go to sell your home.
When you decide on a window treatment, you don’t want to choose an option that’s temporary. You want something that will last for years and can withstand the wear and tear of sunlight, changing temperatures, dust, and much more.
Plantation shutters are known for their durability and come in a variety of different materials that work in different areas of the house.
For instance, our poly-alternative material would be a good option if you plan on installing plantation shutters in your kitchen or bathroom where there’s high moisture and humidity.
Alternatively, wood plantation shutters are a sturdy option that offer more customization options such as wood color and finish.
Whichever material you choose, as long as your plantation shutters are cleaned and regularly maintained, they will last a very long time.
Plantation shutters typically come with what’s known as a tilt rod which moves the slats of the shutter up and down in unison.
At Avalon Shutters, we offer two options.
The first is our Catalina panel which is the standard tilt rod as well as our Clearview option which is a small, metal bar that’s attached to the back edge of the louvers and creates an unobstructed view.
In general, the tilt rod functionality gives you the ability to control your shutters and how much light comes into your house.
This means you have control of your privacy, too.
When your plantation shutters are completely closed, it makes it difficult for someone to look through your windows and into your home.
According to energy.gov, about 30 percent of a home’s heating energy is lost through windows and in the cooling season, about 76 percent of the sunlight that falls on standard double-pane windows enters and becomes heat.
This leads to a larger problem of using more energy than necessary to heat and cool your home.
Window treatments, especially plantation shutters, make it possible to block out bright sunlight or a cold draft because of the versatility in size and density of the louvers.
The ability to control what comes in and out of your home leads to a conservation of energy.
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