Plantation shutters are extremely popular, and with good reason. They offer both light and ventilation control, and look beautiful on doors and windows. But before you race off to have shutters installed in your home, there are some things you need to know before you buy. I spoke to Pierre, CEO & Founder of Blinds City and this is what he said:
Choosing Between Wood and PVC shutters
Both are good – it just depends on the window and your personal preference.
- Wider shutters are better suited to timber. PVC has maximum width of 750mm whereas timber is 950mm. Both timber and PVC shutters come in 89mm slat widths.
- PVC is recommended in wet areas and it does have better thermal properties than timber. Also keep in mind PVC shutters should be solid not hollow.
Does it matter if the shutters are made in Australia or overseas?
Some companies will say it is better quality in Australia or you never know what you get from overseas. Not really true. The Australian made is actually imported from overseas and then made to order here in Australia. The main difference is the time to deliver the shutters. Also keeping a few more jobs here in Australia in manufucturting window coverings.
What to Consider about Painted Shutters
- What paint colour should you choose? This really depends on the theme you are going for. White is the most popular choice and you won’t notice the fading as much as stain colours. All materials fade regardless if PVC or Painted timber, but you don’t notice it as much with White PVC as much as timber.
- Most shutters are available in a gloss finish or semi gloss finish.
- Will it yellow over time? If the quality is sourced correctly, painted PVC or Timber will not yellow.
What’s the Best Shutter for my Window?
- Inside v Outside Mount – This really depends on your window. If you have the room for a recess fit, then go for recess fit. If you have no choice but to install outside mount then it will need to be Outfit only. At all possible installs try to aim for recess for a nice neat finish.
- Depending on your arcitraves the Z frame is best as it hides the light gaps on the side and the imperfections of not straight windows.. If you want it flush and arcs exposed the L frame is what you will need.
- How many panels do I need per opening – Always follow your windows. If you have mullions you will need to follow the lines and also the panels determines the material chosen based on maximum widths as explained above.
- How do the shutters open? 98% of shutters are hinged. A small percentage are bifolded and sliding depending on what function you need it to service for your needs.
How Do I Install Plantation Shutters?
You can install plantation shutters yourself, but they are a little more tricky to install than simple roller blinds.
Blinds City provide DIY and Full install service Australia Wide. They also offer an option to find a local installer in your area.
I have plantations shutters throughout my home and I love both their look and their versatility. Thanks to Pierre for his tips and advice when it comes to choosing Plantation Shutters for your home. All images (except above) are courtesy of Blinds City.
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