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What's the Difference Between Plantation Shutters, California Shutters and Traditional Shutters?

Installing custom shutters can add a touch of color 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, premium 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 huge variety of colors, stains and materials!

There are tiny differences between the three types, and they might have an effect on how these shutters will appear in your house. One of the top differences is the louver width, but there are other distinctions also.

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

Our free, in-home consultation assists you begin. 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 differences between the three kinds.


Plantation Shutters

Plantation shutters are the top-selling interior shutters now. 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 fashion that can add life to any room and add an elegant appearance, plantation shutters are an outstanding solution.

Materials and Colors

Premium shutters use solid cellular PVC, furniture-grade wood or a combination of the two materials.

PVC helps use less energy as it insulates up to three times better than wood. It doesn’t weigh a lot and is long-lasting. Wood offers a timeless style and can be stained to match your desired color option.

They commonly are made in white colors to lighten up an area, but also are made in darker tints.

Louver Width

Louver width affects how broad of a view you’ll get when your shutters are open. And how much daylight will be let into your home.

  • 2 ½”—This the smallest louver size for plantation shutters. It is a good match if you’re trying to complement current shutters in your residence or are going for an antique style. This size is great for smaller windows, but also can be put on big ones.
  • 3 ½”—This is one of the most popular louver thicknesses, because it provides a modern appearance. It works with small to large windows while allowing 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 delivers the widest view.

California Shutters

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

Premium versions of this shutter are made from thick cellular PVC or fine wood. They could also be created from a blend of the two materials.

This style can be stained or painted a selection of colors, though 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 classic appearance. They fit either small or large windows.

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


Traditional Shutters

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

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

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

Fit is Important for Custom Shutters

A tight fit is important, no matter what shutter look you customize.

Off-the-shelf 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 do expert measurements prior to 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 living room, measure your windows and provide you with a Complete Comfort Pricing™ quote. All at no cost and under no pressure.

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