WHAT ARE PLANTATION SHUTTERS?
THE ORIGIN OF PLANTATION SHUTTERS
Originally, plantation shutters were made of marble with fixed louvers, later to be replaced by wooden fixtures to let the air through.
Even though plantation shutters were brought to America by the Spanish, Spain didn’t “invent” the shutters. This credit is given to ancient Greece who were dealing with a strong winds coming in from the sea, they constructed shutters to keep the cold out and the warmth in.
The early shutter was not made of wood like you see today. They were constructed of marble with fixed louvers to not only protect the home from wind and cold, but also to protect the property from the destructive weather.
The marble shutters were later replaced by wood to allow movement between the slats and allow more ventilation in the home.
THE NAME PLANTATION SHUTTERS
Plantation shutters earned their name as they were first introduced to America to be used in many stately homes & mansions of the cotton plantations. Shutters provided the manors with cross ventilation during the intense summer heat and protecting it from the elements during harsh winters.
THE PRIMARY USE OF PLANTATION SHUTTERS
The louvred construction of plantation shutters helps with light control and ventilation. Their openings allow some sunlight to get in while letting air move in and out of the building. This also aids in keeping indoor moisture at optimal levels.
Movable plantation shutters provide even greater light control and ventilation. You can adjust the openings of the panel depending on how much light or air you want to let into your home. You can even pair them up with stylish and energy-efficient curtains.
INCREASING COMFORT WHILE REDUCING ENERGY CONSUMPTION
Did you know that you can lose up to 40% of your heating energy through your windows? That up to 87% of heat inside your home comes from outside, through your windows?
Now, consider that heating and cooling make up 20% to 50% of energy bills in Australian homes. That's a lot of energy lost and wasted.
Plantation shutters can help keep that heat inside or outside, as needed. How much depends on the thickness of the shutters themselves. But rest assure that quality plantation shutters help lessen these heat loss and gains.
In summer, these window treatments act as a barrier so that heat outside won't get into your home. Their openings still let some amount of air move in and out for proper ventilation.
During the winter season, plantation shutters help keep cold air out. Adjust their panels so you can take advantage of the sun's light and heat.
INCREASED PRIVACY WITHOUT COMPROMISING BEAUTY
Internal and external plantation shutters cover most of a window's surface area. That makes them a great choice for boosting window privacy.
At the same time, their large louvres give them an elegant, sophisticated look. That's why they're great for living rooms, dining rooms, and even bedrooms. This also makes them a perfect choice on windows that the front of your house as the louvres look beautiful to transform a home’s facade.
Plus, they're available in various stains and finishes, from white to darker neutrals. This makes it easy to work in traditional or modern home designs.
UPGRADE YOUR WINDOWS WITH PLANTATION SHUTTERS NOW
Now that you know what plantation shutters are, perhaps you should consider having a look at the ranges available getting your home measured and quoted for them. The next thing to think about is whether you prefer timber or polymer. Especially with the rising costs of electricity and the harsher conditions we may experience into the future through global warming. With this highly regarded type of window coverings, you can beautify your home and make it even more comfortable.
Plantation shutters are proven to increase the value of a property and many view them as an investment into their home that reduces running costs and adds equity. An intelligent choice for home owners.