Plantation Shutters vs. California Shutters vs. Traditional Shutters | Louver Shop of South Georgia
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What's the Difference Between Plantation Shutters, California Shutters and Traditional Shutters?

Installing custom shutters can add a burst of brightness and elegance to your space.

Since they are a lifelong investment, you’ll want to make the selection that best serves your preference and budget. After all, quality shutters might even help increase your Albany residence’s value.

There are many interior shutter selections to choose from—plantation shutters, California shutters and traditional shutters. Plus, there’s a big variety of colors, stains and materials!

There are tiny differences between the three models, and they can influence how these shutters will appear in your house. One of the key contrasts is the louver size, but there are other contrasts also.

When you hire a window treatment expert like Louver Shop of South Georgia, we make it easy to pick the ideal shutters for your rooms.

Our free, in-home consultation helps you start. We’ll bring the showroom to your living room so you can look at our good-looking, durable shutters. That way, you can notice how the colors and materials will complement your residence.

Keep reading to learn the tiny distinctions between the three kinds.


Plantation Shutters

Plantation shutters are the top-selling interior shutters today. They’re typically created with a 3 ½” louver but can also have 2 ½” or 4 ½” louvers.

If you’re looking for an up-to-date style that can add life to any room and add an elegant appearance, plantation shutters are an outstanding option.

Materials and Colors

Top shutters are crafted from solid cellular PVC, furniture-grade wood or a combination of the two materials.

PVC helps conserve energy as it insulates up to three times better than wood. It’s also light and long-lasting. Wood offers a timeless appearance and can be stained to match your desired color palette.

They commonly are available in bright colors to lighten up a space, but also are created in darker tints.

Louver Width

Louver thickness influences how broad of a view you’ll receive when your shutters are open. And how much sunlight will be let into your space.

  • 2 ½”—This the smallest louver size for plantation shutters. It is a good match if you’re trying to work with existing shutters in your house or are looking for an antique appearance. This size is great for smaller windows, but also can be installed on big ones.
  • 3 ½”—This is one of the most popular louver widths, because it has an up-to-date style. It complements small to large windows while permitting in ample sunshine.
  • 4 ½”—This is also a favorite louver size, as it gives a very up-to-date style. It’s best for big windows and patio doors, as it provides the widest view.

California Shutters

California shutters have a 2 ½” louver that’s usually white.

Premium versions of this shutter are crafted from dense cellular PVC or unblemished wood. They could also be created from a mixture of the two materials.

This type of shutter can be stained or painted a selection of colors, except California shutters are usually a lighter color. This keeps areas welcoming while allowing in sunshine.

As California shutters have a smaller louver, they give a more traditional style. They fit either small or large windows.

We can help you make this style for your house by customizing our popular plantation shutters.


Traditional Shutters

Traditional shutters are a historically correct style with narrow frames and 1 ¼” miniature louvers.

The best types of this shutter are made from blemish-free hardwood, such as basswood. They give a traditional look that complements any window width.

We created Louver Shop of South Georgia on these shutters many years ago. Now, we’re among a few companies in the world who still create this style.

Fit is Crucial for Custom Shutters

A close fit is critical, no matter what shutter type you pick.

Pre-made shutters could appear like a good purchase, but they may not fit your windows well. And if they’re made in China, you never know what kind of quality you’re going to receive. Or how long they’ll last.

That’s why we’ll complete expert measurements ahead of custom-manufacturing your shutters here in the USA. Then we finish the process with skilled installation to give a seamless look.

To start designing your shutters, call us at 888-428-1415 or contact us online to book a free, in-home consultation. We’ll bring the showroom to your house, measure your windows and provide you with a Complete Comfort Pricing™ quote. All at no expense and without pressure.