How to Choose the right Plantation Shutters for your Home
You can rest assured that the right window coverings will improve the ambiance of your home, and may even increase its resale value. When deciding between an array of options, plantation shutters have an obvious appeal. They bring an unmistakable air of elegance to any dwelling, and are available in a wide variety of materials to suit any need.
Why plantation shutters?
Did you know where the word ‘plantation’ in ‘plantation shutters’ comes from? It’s interesting to note that these types of blinds were used in many of the grand homes and mansions of the cotton plantations of the ‘Deep South’ of America during colonial times. As such, they are associated a sense of quality and prestige and have their own very unique charm.
In these modern times, plantation shutters are likely to find a compliment in those kind of homes that vibe with an innate sense of class (mixed in with a touch of casual cool). They are very popular within Australia and other regions with temperate to tropical climates. This is due to the fact that they are offer a very functional design that maximises air flow and light, whilst being very pleasing to the eye.
The right materials
Now that we have established why you might want plantation shutters (over other types of regular window coverings like curtains), it is time to address how to go about choosing between the many subcategories of these blinds currently available on the market. This means making an informed decision in regard to materials and manufacturing.
You will want to invest in something durable and purpose-made. The most sought-after types of plantation shutters do generally take the form of timber shutters. However, aluminum and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) variants present valid alternatives, largely dependant on the particular application and aspect in your home.
Timber plantation shutters
Timber is your ‘ultimate go-to’ when it comes to plantation shutters, offering a timeless look and a great sense of warmth. Whilst they are superseded (in terms of durability) by other options that are readily available (see: below), it is still the case that the particular type of wood used in these blinds determines the overall standard of the end product.
All timber plantation shutters are not created equal. Seek out hardwood timbers (such as basswood) for a vastly superior finish. Lightweight and dense with minimal grain make for a refined look, whilst mortise and tenon joints will increase the life expectancy of your investment.
Aluminum plantation shutters
One of the biggest positives about aluminium plantation shutters is that they are made from sturdy, corrosion-resistant metal, making them suitable for situations in which they are exposed to the elements (such as seaside, ocean-front homes and outdoor eating areas). The only perceived disadvantage is that some homeowners tend to feel that aluminium looks ‘cheaper’ than the traditional wood shutters, but (when all is said and done) it’s about what suits you.
If you are going down this route, look for high tensile grade aluminium plantation shutters for unparalleled longevity. Also, check for stainless steel hardware. From here, you will need to consider powder coating for the right finish in a shade to suit both your interior and exterior colour scheme/s.
PVC is a popular synthetic polymer that is highly versatile. PVC plantation shutters have an edge on other options due to the fact that they are suitable for wet areas in your home (such as the bathroom). Unlike wooden blinds, they will not warp or bend and are supremely moisture resistant.
It’s true that some people may not be attracted (at least initially) to the aesthetic of this material, but with a strong enough focus on design you will be surprised by just how stylish PVC plantation shutters can be. There are some other major bonuses, such as the fact they are great at shutting out noise and can also control temperature extremes.
Making your choice
Selecting the right materials and paying close attention to manufacturing standards will assist you in finding plantation shutters that are a perfect fit for your home. Now, all that is left to do is admire the look of your new blinds and enjoy how they compliment your lifestyle.