04 Sep 10 Things You Need to Know About Buying Plantation Shutters
Plantation shutters are a great window treatment for those who want privacy, but also don’t really care for traditional curtains or blinds. In this guide, we will share 10 things to take into consideration when you’re considering purchasing shutters for your own home.
Have you considered upgrading your home recently, only to decide against it due to the large amount of money required to do so? Plenty of people think along the same lines, but only a few know the real secret.
Professionally installed plantation shutters will not only change the look of your home, they will increase the value of it, too. While this option may not be the cheapest upgrade to your home, these shutters are far less expensive than full renovations.
We have compiled 10 things you should know about choosing to install plantation shutters in your home. Keep reading for more information!
1. Types of Plantation Shutters
There are a few types of shutters available to choose from when redesigning your room. Synthetic and timber shutters are options for installation inside the home, while aluminium shutters are available for outside.
Both synthetic shutters and timber shutters each have a few options to choose from. The main differences between the two are price and the fact that synthetic material will hold up better in moist environments like bathrooms.
Aluminium shutters are made for the outdoors, made out of the strongest materials on the market today, and are able to stand up to Australian weather.
2. Louvre Size Matters
Louvres are the slats that open or close. Typically, there are three sizes– 6.35 centimetres, 8.89 centimetres, and 11.43 centimetres. It can be difficult to choose between these, however, a good rule of thumb is that the larger the window, the larger the louvres.
This rule does not have to be followed by any means, but many customers find that sticking to it works for them. The size chosen will also give a certain feel to your home. Larger louvres work well with more contemporary designs while smaller louvres are more traditional.
3. Not a DIY Project
Many people enjoy taking on home improvement projects over a long weekend or several months. The installation of plantation shutters is not one that should be done without a professional.
A professional installation means that the warranty will still be intact. It also means that your window treatments are properly installed. These shutters will be absorbing up to 100% of UV light, which means they can bow and warp if installed incorrectly.
4. Your Home’s Value Will Increase
Knowing which upgrades and renovations will give a return on their investment is important. Plantation shutters are considered by appraisers as a ‘hard fixture upgrade.‘
5. Other Added Value
When considering the price of adding shutters to your home, keep in mind that upon installation, you will begin saving money. This is due to the fact that plantation shutters when closed, will absorb a fair amount of heat which will keep your home cooler.
If you are intending to sell your home, the lower energy bills will also be attractive to potential buyers.
6. Choices, Choices
Other than louvre sizes, there are other choices to be considered. These can include:
- Choosing the stain or paint colours, especially for timber
- Whether or not the plantation shutters are the full length of your window or halfway for a cafe look
- Centre tilt or hidden tilt rods
- Knowing if motorization is an option and if it’s an attractive one
7. Easy Breezy Cleaning
Choosing plantation shutters as a window treatment is a fantastic way to keep your home dust and allergen free. Because it is so easy to clean, it is great for people in the home who suffer from asthma or other respiratory illnesses.
It is worth noting that the larger the louvres, the easier to clean. No matter the size, a quick wipe down is perfect for spot cleaning and a soft brush vacuum attachment is better to reach all the nooks and crannies.
8. Centre and Hidden Tilt: A Closer Look
We mentioned having the choice of centre and hidden tilts for your new shutters. It is worth explaining a bit further.
Centre tilts are mounted obviously in the centre of your plantation shutters, however, are not meant to open and close them. These tilts are sometimes seen as a view obstruction but are a classic look.
Hidden tilts are typically mounted out of view for a more modern or contemporary look. These are great for homes with children or pets as the tilt will not be consistently grabbed or pulled.
No matter how you slice it, the tilts are not meant to open and close the shutters. Using them to do so can eventually cause damage.
9. Mid-rails for Privacy
If you opt for full window shutters, you lose the ability to draw your blinds halfway or three-quarters of the way up.
Some people enjoy allowing a bit of light without having the heat beat down on them. This doesn’t mean that plantation shutters aren’t for you, it just means you should opt for a mid-rail.
Midrails basically separate the shutters so that one portion or another can be opened independently, allowing more or less light and more or less privacy.
10. Small Yet Noticeable Upgrades
There are a number of upgrades that can be added to plantation shutters to make them seem more expensive than they are. Oftentimes, these upgrades can be as inexpensive as $25 per window.
Although this might seem silly, craftsmanship is in the details. Visitors or potential buyers will notice and appreciate these added features. A professional installer will be able to help you choose the best upgrades for your home.
There are clearly a number of great benefits of installing plantation shutters. They add value to your home if it is on the market, and put money in your pocket if you’re there for the long haul.
Shutters are customizable to match any look from contemporary to traditional, easy to clean–the benefits go on and on.
However, if you are considering upgrading your home with this type of window treatment, you will need a professional installer. That’s where we come in!
If you’d like to get a general idea of pricing, we also offer free estimates and consultations to find the best look for your home!