While curtains and blinds have long been the most widely used window furnishings, plantation shutters are rapidly becoming one of the most in demand alternatives. Considering the practical and aesthetic benefits plantation shutter provide, their growing popularity is hardly surprising.
Named after the large houses built on the cotton plantations of South America, plantation shutters use a series of wide slats to control light and air flow. Traditionally made from 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 – though they are also used to frame in balconies, verandas, and outdoor patios.
If you’re 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 your installing them on and how far you would like to be able to open them. However, no matter which style you choose, you can expect to get the following 5 benefits.
Modern plantation shutters are made from hard-wearing materials like wood, aluminium, and PVC. This means they do not crack or peel and will continue to maintain good condition for a long time. As such, you will not need to replace them – at least, not for a long time – but if you do, you can usually continue using the outer frames and just replace the slats
Plantation shutters are also one the easiest window dressings to keep clean – all they need is a light dusting and to occasionally be wiped with a damp cloth.
As plantation shutters are designed to fit snugly inside an existing window frame, they can help insulate your home. When they are closed, they create a solid barrier across your windows, keeping the heat in when it’s cold and out when it’s warm. Conversely, when they are open, they allow greater airflow, allowing you to naturally ventilate your house.
As a result, houses with plantation shutters installed require less heating and air conditioning which. This, in turn, can help you save money on your utility bills.
For most homes, windows are the easiest way for someone to illegally enter. Plantation shutters can help minimise this risk by providing an additional physical barrier and can be customised to include a locking system, to make them even harder to break through. In fact, the impact on home security is so significant that some insurance companies offer lower premiums for houses with plantation shutters installed.
One of the biggest selling points of plantation shutters is their sleek, timeless design. This means they will not date as interior design tastes change. It also means that they suit most house styles, from rustic and traditional through to contemporary and minimal.
As plantation shutters are also visible from outside the property, they can also improve a house’s kerb appeal, all while protecting the privacy of the residents.
In addition to being one of the most desirable window furnishings, plantation shutters are considered to be a permanent part of your property. This means that they are counted as a fixture of your house and included in any assessment of your home’s worth. As such they have a direct impact on the value of your home.
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If you’re interested in upgrading the look of your home with plantation shutters but aren’t sure how to go about it, give Aussie shutter express a call. We supply a wide range of plantation shutter styles at affordable prices and can help you pick the type that will best suit your property and lifestyle.