While curtains and blinds have long been the most widely used window furnishings, plantation shutters are fast becoming one of the most sought-after alternatives. Considering the practical and aesthetic benefits that plantation shutters provide, their increasing popularity is not surprising.
The plantation shutters, named after the large houses built on the cotton plantations of Australia, use a series of wide slats to control light and air flow. Traditionally made of wood, plantation shutters were usually installed on the outside of a window. While this practice continues today, plantation shutters are now generally installed on the inside of the window, although they are also used to frame outdoor balconies, decks, and patios.
If you are considering installing plantation shutters, you will have a wide selection to choose from. Exactly which type will best suit your property will depend on the size of the opening you install them in and how far you would like to be able to open them. However, no matter which style you choose, you can expect the following 5 benefits.
Plantation shutters are easy to maintain
Modern plantation shutters are made from sturdy materials such as wood, aluminum, and PVC. This means they won't crack or peel and will continue to stay in good condition for a long time. As such, you won't need to replace them, at least not for long, but if you do, you can generally continue to use the outer frames and just replace the slats.
Plantation shutters are also one of the easiest window decorations to keep clean; all they need is a little dusting and occasionally wiping with a damp cloth.
Plantation shutters can help with climate control
Since plantation shutters are designed to fit comfortably within an existing window frame, they can help insulate your home. When closed, they create a solid barrier through the windows, keeping heat inside when it's cold and outside when it's hot. On the contrary, when they are open, they allow more air flow, allowing you to naturally ventilate your home.
As a result, homes with plantation shutters installed require less heating and air conditioning than. This, in turn, can assist you save cash on your utility bills.
Plantation shutters can make your home safer
For most homes, windows are the easiest way for someone to trespass. Plantation shutters can help minimize this risk by providing an additional physical barrier and can be customized to include a locking system, making them even more difficult to get through. In fact, the impact on home security is so significant that some insurance companies offer lower premiums for homes with plantation shutters installed.
Plantation shutters will never go out of style
One of the biggest selling points of plantation shutters is their elegant and timeless design. This means that they won't come out when interior design tastes change. It also means that they will suit most home styles, from rustic and traditional to contemporary and minimalist.
Since plantation shutters are also visible from the outside of the property, they can also enhance a home's curb appeal, while also protecting the privacy of residents.
Plantation shutters can add value to your property
In addition to being one of the most desirable window furniture, plantation shutters are considered a permanent part of your property. This means they are counted as a fixture in your home and are included in any assessment of your home's value. As such, they have a direct impact on the value of your home.
Do you want more information?
If you are interested in enhancing the look of your home with plantation shutters, but are not sure how, contact Australian Plantation Shutters. We offer a large range of plantation shutter styles at affordable prices and will assist you decide on the type that most accurately fits your needs.
Types of shutters that you can install into your homes
- Bi Fold
- Sliding Stacker
- Bay Window
- Corner Window
- Botton Sliding Interior Shutters
- Room Dividers
- Fixed Panel
- Fixed Louvre
- Bi Fold Exterior