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Are you considering adding plantation shutters to your home? Before you rush out and buy the cheapest or first ones you can find, there are a few things you should know.
Plantation shutters are very popular right now, and for good reason. They’re a stylish addition to any home that will also help bring a classic, timeless look to your interior.
Window treatments are also a great way to reduce your home’s energy footprint and costs. But just like anything else–especially a large, semi-permanent purchase like blinds or shutters–you need to do your homework. Plantation shutters are available in a number of styles and materials and from manufacturers across the globe.
Before you purchase shutters, you want to be sure you’re making the best choice for your home and budget. Let’s take a closer look at some of the key areas you’ll want to consider before adding plantation shutters to your home.
Choosing the Right Materials
Plantation shutters are available in a number of different materials. Choosing the right one will depend largely on your personal tastes and budget.
Plantation shutters are most commonly available in:
While wood might seem like the most premium or stylish choice for shutters, it’s also the most expensive and prone to damage.
Plastic offers buyers an affordable option, that is both lightweight and long-lasting.
Aluminum shutters give buyers a durable product that is also both stylish and affordable. Given its strength, aluminum also adds another layer of protection to your home.
Framing Your Shutters
One of the first questions you’ll want to ask yourself when considering shutters is: how would I like them framed?
Plantation shutters are typically available in a couple of different framing styles.
Full frame: This style consists of one panel that covers the entire window. This would be a solid unit and the simplest in terms of styling.
Cafe style: The cafe style is a partial panel that typically only covers the lower half of the window. Perfect for a family or dining room where privacy is not the number one concern.
Double hung: Double hung shutters are a two-piece design that separates the upper and lower halves of the shutter. This allows owners to open the top and bottom half of the shutter separately.
What About the Divider Rail?
Here’s another important option you’ll want to consider: the divider rail.
A divider rail separates the top and bottom portion of your plantation shutters. This feature allows owners to open the top or bottom or bottom louvers independently.
If you ever find yourself wanting to let a little light in from the top of your window, but leave the bottom closed for privacy, a divider rail will allow you to do that.
Mounting Your Plantation Shutters
How your shutters are mounted to your windows will largely depend on the style of the windows currently in your home.
Plantation shutters can be mounted either within the window frame to match any existing trim around your windows, or externally, surrounding the frame of your windows.
Picking the Right Louver Style
Plantation shutters are typically available in several different louver widths. Louver widths usually range from 90mm to 115mm.
Widths can be chosen to match the size of the room or height of the window. For a tall window, for example, in a room with a high ceiling, you may want a wider blade.
What are the Advantages of Aluminum Plantation Shutters?
While we already explored some of the material options available for plantation shutters, one material does offer some unique advantages. While wood and plastic are both great options, aluminum offers homeowners a few unique advantages.
Your Shutters Will Never Fade
Thanks to the unique durability aluminum offers, and the durable powder coating they’re protected with, your shutters will never fade. Aluminum is not susceptible to sunlight or deterioration like wood or plastic, ensuring that your plantation shutters will look just as good years from now as they did the day they were installed.
Aluminum is not susceptible to sunlight or deterioration like wood or plastic, ensuring that your plantation shutters will look just as good years from now as they did the day they were installed.
Added Protection for Your Home
Another added advantage of aluminum shutters is the additional strength and security provided for your home. Aluminum is tough stuff.
When closed, aluminum plantation shutters form a high tensile, metal barrier between the contents–and occupants–of your home and the outside. Aluminum shutters can help prevent and deter theft.
Aluminum shutters are even available with a wide range of locking systems, allowing you to leave your windows open at night and still keep your home secure.
Rather using traditional paints, aluminum plantation shutters are powder coated.
Powder coating is a special process that is typically used to coat and protect aluminum. While powder coating is similar to paint, there are some unique differences that give the coating added durability and fade resistance.
Where Will My Plantation Shutters Be Made?
Where a product is manufactured is very important to many consumers. And with products being made in so many different countries, it’s often difficult to distinguish where something actually came from.
Many shutter manufacturers are claiming to make their products here in Australia, but this is often not the case. While the installer may be a local company, their products may not.
If you want to ensure that your window treatments were not manufactured overseas, be sure to ask the installer where the shutters were actually made.
Fortunately, all Australian Plantation Shutters‘ products are 100% Australian made. Even their materials are locally sourced. This ensures that profits and jobs stay right here in Australia.
Need Some Help?
Picking the right window treatments for your home is a big decision. You will have to live with your choice for quite a while, so getting them right is definitely important.
Hopefully, some of the points covered above will give you some added confidence as you look for shutters. Contact Australian Plantation Shutters in Newcastle today with your questions or to arrange a free consultation and measurement.