Choosing Quality Plantation Shutters
If you are redecorating your home or are in the process of building your dream home, you may want to add high quality window treatments such as plantation shutters. The problem is that you may not understand the different types of shutters of the market and what entails a quality shutter.
In most cases, homeowners will be more interested in wood shutters as these often add elegance as well as provide a more aesthetic atmosphere to the home. You can find shutters created from a variety of materials including polymer, composite, and MDF; however, according to most experts and interior designers, wood shutters are the highest quality on the market today.
You may find in your search that the sizes of most shutters will be usually be the same and even created from the same material; however, if you closely you will be able to tell a huge difference in the quality. Custom made plantation shutters are actually the best way to go as they will be customized designed to fit your windows.
High quality shutters will have five louvers, whereas lower quality offers 4 louvers. You may not think this is a huge difference however; the lower quality shutters are designed with wider stiles and taller rails so they can be cut down if necessary to fit your windows. This may not change the look of the shutters but it will dramatically change the amount of light that can enter as well as offers a restricted view.
High quality custom made plantation shutters are actually designed to fit your windows perfectly which will ensure you have a balance of light as well as provide the atmosphere you desire with a lighter room.
When it comes to cost, custom made shutters will of course cost more; however, with high quality comes longer lasting products. In the long run you will actually be saving money, as the blinds will last longer so you will not have to replace the window treatment as often.
Even with that said, you must also look at the type of hinges used with the plantation shutters you are about to purchase. Butt hinges may seem like more work and cost more, however, they are the best and highest quality hinges to use. Low quality non-mortise is not long lasting and of course is not custom created to fit your shutters. The reason you often find non-mortise hinges on shutters is that it is cheaper for manufacturers as they do not have to perform any type of design with the shutter but can add the hinges to any shutters.
The last thing to do before choosing your shutters is to feel the slats. Low quality shutters will be rough to the touch as they normally only use one coat of paint or primer, once again to save money on manufacturing.
These are just a few tips to help you choose the highest quality plantation shutters that will last for years to come. Choosing low quality shutters may provide you with the look you desire, but they will not last as long and you will be purchasing new shutters before you know it.