Plantation Shutters in Wellington

Plantation shutters, also called plantation blinds are window treatments with wide horizontal slats called louvers that are mounted in a frame. The slats are usually 3 ½ to 4 ½ inches wide and much stronger and more durable than vertical vinyl blinds which are very flexible and tend to break fairly easily.  The larger the slats, the more light they will let in when they are open and make it easier to look outside without having to pull the slats all the way to the top. 

Plantation Shutters became popular with 18th century southern plantations, but are not limited to southern style houses. They look more like a built in feature than the standard vinyl blinds and come in an array of colors or natural wood to match your interior and exterior color schemes. They add also add an elegant artichitercutral detail to any room. 

They can be made out of wood, composite,or vinyl. Wood is the most common and strongest material, but also the most expensive of the three. Composite and vinyl can be a more affordable option. They are both more resistant to humidity unlike wood but usually made out of lighter materials. Here are some of the different materials used in Plantation Shutters and their positives and negatives:

Vinyl

  • Most affordable option 
  • Usually have aluminum or PVC supports for stability
  • Humidity and Weather resistant

Composite

  • Also called engineered wood, faux wood, or fake wood
  • Made of MDF wrapped in PVC coating or vinyl
  • More durable and sturdy than vinyl
  • Weather and humidity resistant
  • More affordable than wood 

Wood

  • Highest quality
  • Classic, traditional style
  • Can be stained or painted
  • Offers the best privacy and energy savings

Here are just some of the benefits of Plantation Shutters:

  • Energy Savings: One of the best features is that they save money on your home energy bills. Their heavy louvers block out heat in the summer to help your house stay cooler and cold in the winter. They can also help out during the night to help your house stay warmer. They are also great at blocking out sunlight which means you can sleep in longer in the mornings. 
  • Easy to Clean / Durable: Their solid structure makes them super durable as well as easy to clean. All you have to do is wipe them down with a microfiber cloth and clean them occasionally with furniture polish. You can also check with the manufacturer on how to best clean their products.  
  • Pet Friendly: They are a very pet friendly option even if your cat and dog likes trying to look out the window when the shutters are closed. They are very durable and will hold up better over time compared to other types of blinds. 
  • Privacy / Noise Buffer: They are one of the most effective ways to reduce external noise levels from coming into your house that curtains or blinds wouldn’t be able to stop. They also offer you the added benefit of  privacy. You can shut them all the way to give yourself complete privacy or adjust them at the right angle to make it harder for people to see in, but allow you to still look outside.
  • Increased Home Value: Plantation shutters are one of the few window treatments you can finance into your mortgage when you purchase a home. This is because they remain with the home if you decide to sell your house and are popular with almost every buyer. In fact, they are a very highly sought after home feature. Plantation shutters can also increase the value of your home once they are installed. They are an investment but not overly expensive because they will pay for themselves in energy savings and resale value. Plus they barely affect the payment amount when added to your mortgage but add a great architectural detail to the house.

Where They Are Typically Used

They look great in bedrooms, living rooms, and dining rooms but can be used in any room of your house both inside and out depending on your taste. One good rule of thumb is to use them in every window of the room you want to add them too. Also, if you are adding them to a room in the front of your house, you might want to consider adding the other rooms in the front to make the windows look more uniform and balanced from the outside. 

Other Uses

Besides window fixtures, you could also use plantation shutters as doors and room dividers. That way you could block out light and sound, but still have to option to open the shutters if you want to see through them. 

Conclusion

Overall, Plantation Shutters are a great choice to consider when furnishing your home. They will save you money on energy bills, block out light and noise, are easy to clean, and very pet friendly. You can also add them into your mortgage cost and they can increase your home value. 

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Plantation shutters and plantation blinds are the modern window treatments of choice in Wellington.

Plantation shutters and plantation blinds are the modern window treatments of choice in Wellington.