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TOP 10 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE BUYING A PLANTATION SHUTTER

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Here is a list of the Top 10 Things to Know Before Buying A Plantation Shutters.  These are important aspects for you to consider before making the investment in the best window coverings on the market today.

LOUVER SIZE CHANGES THE ENTIRE LOOK

Knowing what you want the room to feel like when you are done is very important to your plantation shutter selection process.  Do you want a contemporary feel, with clean, wide-open windows, or are you looking for a traditional feel in the home, with classic double-hung shutters?  There are thousands of design options and we can guide you through the options, costs, and best sales in the industry.

INSTALLATION MATTERS FOR SEVERAL REASONS

You must have a qualified installer to ensure the shutters are installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s requirements, or they might void the warranty.  Attention to detail is important when installing wood shutters, so the frames are kept perfectly true and square, to avoid pinched hinges and stress on the shutter panel that can cause warpage.

Remember, the shutter is going to take 100% of the UV rays coming through your window.  It has to be tough, to begin with, but when an inexperienced installer does not take the time to get the frame perfectly level, the shutter will ultimately bend to the new shape, causing cracks, warpage, and damage.  You can avoid this and utilize the full warranty by choosing a dealer with factory-certified installers.  The cost is negligible when compared to the 25-50 years that your shutter will last, fully covered under the manufacturer’s Lifetime Limited Warranty.

RON CARTER DESIGN TIP:  Windows are a major source of heat loss but, they are necessary for light, ventilation, and view. In a typical single-family home, 25% to 35% of the heat is lost through windows.  According to a study conducted by the Department of Design and Environmental Analysis, Cornell University, a shutter must be properly installed to ensure the air buffer and insulative properties.  If properly installed, a wood shutter can reduce heat loss by 75-90% and provide an insulation value (or R-Value) between 4.0 and 10.0.

Up to 50% of a home’s heating and cooling escapes through the windows.  When compared to the roof or insulated the walls, even standard double-pane windows allow 10 times more energy to escape.  One of the best ways to reduce your utility bills and save money is to simply cover your windows with plantation shutters.  Here is a link to a great booklet from one of our top manufacturers called “Which Blinds are the Most Energy Efficient?”

SMALL UPGRADES MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE IN THE FINAL LOOK

There are several fairly inexpensive upgrades to the shutter that can provide a big boost in the overall look and feel.  These include shutter pulls, shutter locks, and hidden hinges, to name a few.  There are images of these upgrades below and they can be added to the shutter for a nominal cost per door of around $25 (hidden hinges are more.  They come in a brushed nickel finish that looks great against all of the whites, off-whites and really pops when putting on a stained wood shutter.  The locks protect the shutter from the kids and those prying hands, while the pulls can even protect the shutter from the unknowing adult who might not know how to properly open the shutter door.

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