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

Adding custom shutters can add a burst of brightness and sophistication to your rooms.

Because they are a permanent investment, you’ll want to make the decision that best matches your taste and budget. After all, premium shutters may even help enhance your Macon home’s value.

There are a lot of interior shutter selections to select 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 may have an effect on how these shutters will perform in your residence. One of the top distinctions is the louver width, but there are more contrasts also.

When you collaborate with a window treatment professional like Louver Shop of Macon, we make it easy to design the right shutters for your home.

Our free, in-home consultation assists you get started. We’ll bring the showroom to your house so you can look at our beautiful, durable shutters. That way, you can notice how the stains and materials will enhance your house.

Keep reading to discover the tiny variations between the three types.


Plantation Shutters

Plantation shutters are the best-selling interior shutters at this time. They’re typically designed with a 3 ½” louver but can also have 2 ½” or 4 ½” louvers.

If you desire an up-to-date appearance that can brighten any room and add a luxurious appearance, plantation shutters are a great choice.

Materials and Colors

Top shutters are made from dense cellular PVC, furniture-grade wood or a blend 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 gives a traditional look and can be stained to work with your favorite color palette.

They frequently come in light colors to illuminate an area, but also are made in darker tints.

Louver Width

Louver width impacts how expansive of a view you’ll receive when your shutters are open. And how much daylight will be let into your space.

  • 2 ½”—This the smallest louver size for plantation shutters. It is a good fit if you’re attempting to complement present shutters in your house or are looking for an antique look. This size works well for little windows, but also can be put on larger ones.
  • 3 ½”—This is one of the most popular louver widths, as it has a modern style. It complements small to large windows while allowing in abundant light.
  • 4 ½”—This is also a popular louver size, as it offers an ultra- modern style. It’s ideal for expansive windows and patio doors, since it delivers the widest view.

California Shutters

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

Deluxe types of this shutter are created from thick cellular PVC or unblemished wood. They can also be created from a blend of the two materials.

These shutters can be stained or painted a range of colors, although California shutters are typically a lighter color. This keeps spaces bright while allowing in natural light.

Because California shutters have a thinner louver, they offer a more conventional look. They suit either small or large windows.

We can help you make this option for your house by personalizing our best-selling plantation shutters.


Traditional Shutters

Traditional shutters are a historically correct style with small frames and 1 ¼” mini louvers.

Premium versions of this shutter are created from blemish-free hardwood, such as basswood. They provide a timeless appearance that matches any window size.

We created Louver Shop of Macon on these shutters many years ago. Now, we’re part of a few manufacturers in the world who still produce this style.

Fit is Crucial for Custom Shutters

A tight fit is crucial, no matter what shutter type you pick.

Pre-made shutters might seem like a great purchase, but they might not be a good fit for your windows. And if they’re made in China, you can’t be sure what kind of quality you’re going to receive. Or if they’ll work for more than a few years.

That’s why we’ll do skilled measurements ahead of custom-manufacturing your shutters here in the United States. Then we end the process with professional installation to ensure a good appearance.

To start creating your shutters, give us a call at 888-428-1415 or contact us online to schedule a free, in-home consultation. We’ll bring the showroom to your residence, measure your windows and offer you a Complete Comfort Pricing™ quote. All at no cost and under no obligation.

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