Shutters Add Timeless Elegance To Any Room
At The Shading Company of Houston one of our top specialties are Plantation Shutters. Our window shutters are a covering both classic and contemporary. Design details like hand-sanded louvers, fine furniture finishes, and artesian painting techniques distinguish The Shading Company’s plantation shutters from the rest. Many plantation shutter options are available to you and will be discussed on the FREE in-home appointment. Here is information to help you get started. Once you are ready, please call us @ (713) 597-2884 and ask for your free in home consultation. We will give you an up close visual example of how beautiful we can make your home!
Shutter Louver Sizes
2 ½” louvers for plantation shutters was the choice for many consumers in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. Viewed as a traditional plantation shutter, it created a quality, finished window treatment.
The desire for cleaner looks had lead to the 3 ½” louver plantation shutter dominating the market. Nearly 98% of all new shutter orders have the 3 ½” louver specified. Fewer louvers are necessary to build the shutter panel. When closed, they afford the same privacy as the 2 ½” louver. When opened however, the additional space between the louvers creates a dramatic, clean look that affords a greater view while still being subtle on your window.
More popular on the West coast and some tropical regions, the 4 ½” louver screams a very contemporary style here in Houston. Not many residences elect a louver this large, but when you want a statement made with a plantation shutter, the 4 ½” does the job!
Traditional shutters or 1” to 1 ½” louvers signify what plantation shutters looked like in the early days of window treatments. Extremely small louvers created the need for multiple panels in a window. These panels then either bi-folded or tri-folded in order to give the homeowner an opportunity to generate light in their home. Seldom ordered unless trying to replicate a “certain period of time”, the cost of traditional shutters could easily cost twice as much as the 2 ½” louver or 3 ½” shutters.
Consider the Number of Panels Per Window
Plantation shutters are made with quality, North American hardwoods like basswood and poplar materials. Because it is real wood, size limitations exist. A shutter panel by definition is typically built as a continuous section of wood with the louver selection made and the decision as to whether add a divider rail, split the tilt rod, or none of the above. This covers from the window sill to the top of the window.
Inside Mount or Outside Mount?
The first thing your The Shading Company’s sales rep will discuss with you is whether you have a “tilt in” feature to your window. Tilt in windows either have dual locks on top of your windows or plastic strips on the side that when pushed in allow you to tilt in your window towards the living space of your home. Why do we care? The preferred look of window treatments is typically to have a true inside mount. This preserves the look of the upgraded molding that come with today’s new construction. The shutter typically sits on the window sill and does not hang off. The trade off is that this will typically eliminate the ability to tilt in the window. As a consumer, you need to ask yourself the question… do I really clean my own windows? Do I have fixed windows that would force me to be outside of my house anyway? Whatever your answer, The Shading Company can measure and produce a plantation shutter to satisfy your preference.
Unusual Shutter Shapes and Sizes
Arches, angles, doors with push lever handles, skylights… how does a consumer handle these issues? No problem! Since plantation shutters are built from real wood components, arch top windows, doors with cutouts can all be manufactured to work with your windows and doors. Bi-Pass plantation shutter tracks and bi-pass plantation shutter tracks are an ideal way to cover large spans of windows or sliding glass doors. Shutters are actually attached to a decorative header piece and travel on wheels providing maximum flexibility without stressing hinges or frames.
Plantation shutters can be custom paint matched to any color you choose. While we carry over 20 standard paint colors to keep in touch with the current designer paint schemes, by supplying either the code or an actual sample of your paint, The Shading Company will scan the sample and create a sample to send for your approval.
Stained plantation shutters can add warmth to any room in your home. The Shading Company carries over 13 standard stain colors originating from the Minwax color deck. Stain usually carries a surcharge and can add 2 weeks to production time as it is truly applied by hand!
Poly Versus Wood Shutters – Which Should You Choose?
First off, it is a misnomer that wood shutters are more expensive than poly shutters. The truth is, with the technological advances of the poly material shutters available today, both wood and poly shutters are priced in a similar ballpark.
What exactly are poly shutters or polywood? The fancy answer is: POLYWOOD® lumber is made from high-density polyethylene (HDPE), UV-inhibited pigment systems, foaming compounds, and selected process additives. The HDPE primary raw material is derived from post-consumer bottle waste, such as milk and detergent bottles or other HDPE post industrial material. Much of the poly shutter material is made up of recycled materials which is obviously good for our environment.
Pros Of Poly Shutters
Poly shutters are very tough and durable, and will hold their color throughout the lifetime of the product. Polywood shutters are moisture resistant. Some windows are in areas that are prone to moisture, such as garages and lanais. Poly is a good choice for these areas, because it is not prone to warping when exposed to moisture and humidity. Poly plantation shutters are more energy efficient than wood plantation shutters. They won’t warp, split, crack, or chip. Poly shutters are fire resistant and termite resistant.
Cons Of Poly Shutters
The poly material weighs more than wood, so a shutter made of poly is much heavier than a wood panel. Why does this matter? Well, more weight puts more pressure on the frames and hinges holding the shutter in place. If the panels are made too large, they can sag and fall out of square. When necessary, we at The Shading Company of Houston will limit the size of poly panels so they will perform correctly. Keep in mind this only comes into play with uncommonly large windows.
If color matching is required, you are most likely looking at premium costs as poly shutters come standard with only a few color choices.
As we mentioned above, the maximum size of a poly shutter is smaller than that of a wood shutter. This means that you may need more shutter panels to cover an opening with poly. Some clients are fine with this and some prefer the cleaner look of fewer panels across their window opening.
Pros Of Natural Wood Shutters
Most Houston interior designers and home owners agree, nothing compares to the natural wood grain, rich color variations, and sheen of real wood.
Wood shutters can be painted any color you can imagine. Most clients choose to paint their shutters the interior trim color of their house. This helps the shutters fit in seamlessly with the décor. Dark painted or stained shutters can also provide a dramatic, elegant look when desired.
If you prefer the look of stained shutters, then wood is the right choice for you. We can custom match the stain of your trim, cabinets, or furniture so your shutters blend in perfectly.
Wood shutters are lighter and there is less chance of sagging with very large windows. This means if you have a very large window you can have less/larger panels when they are made of real wood. Why does panel size matter? Well, it determines if you can cover your window using only two shutter panels or if you need to use four panels. Most people prefer the cleaner look of two when possible.
Cons Of Real Wood Shutters
Like any painted surface in your home, the painted finish on your shutters will age over time. With normal conditions, you probably won’t need to have the shutters repainted for about 15 years. If wood shutters are not maintained over the long haul then they could warp, split, crack or chip.
Technology has allowed the advancement of more energy efficient plantation shutters made from poly materials.
Which Plantation Shutter Material Do You Choose?
Hopefully this brief look at pros and cons of plantation shutter materials helps you to make a decision. Both Poly and Real Wood shutters have alot to offer. If you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to give us a call at (713) 597-2884 or email us. One of the most important parts of our job is helping you make an educated decision about the vast array of product options and this is generally the first example where our experience really gets to shine!
Houston Plantation Shutter Installation and Delivery
Installation will be provided by a trained, professional installer who is a full-time The Shading Company of Houston employee. His goal is to provide a “white glove caliber” installation leaving your home in the same condition as when he arrived, only with more beautiful windows. Delivery time for painted is usually 3 to 5 weeks while stain & arches takes an additional 2 weeks.
A beautiful home, a warm and welcoming space-this is the feeling that quality plantation shutters provide. What else could you ask for?
Delivery time for painted is usually 3 to 5 weeks while stain & arches takes an additional 2 weeks. All components are USA grown and produced, thus allowing for faster delivery and reduced chance of damage versus product coming in from China.