All About Plantation Shutters

All About Plantation Shutters

Plantation shutters are a type of window treatment. They’re used for interior covering to provide privacy to an area. They also work to provide some shade inside a room, without restricting airflow. This makes it perfect for places with hot and humid weather.

What are Plantation Shutters?

This type of shutter is characterised by wide slats that are spaced far apart. These slats are attached to a vertical stile, which props them up and secures them to the frame. The stiles can also be used to open and close the louvres. However, not all varieties have this capability. Others are built with panels that can be opened and closed independently.

History

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The plantation shutter was named as such because they were used in the cotton and tobacco plantation fields of America’s south. However, they trace their roots as far as ancient Greece, where it used to be made from marble – the popular material of the time. As woodworking became more advanced, wood became the material of choice as it was more economical.

The shift from marble to wood made this window treatment more accessible to people. As the years went by, this type of shutter enjoyed widespread use throughout Europe. By the late 1600s, the Sun King Louis the XIV was using it in his home. It wasn’t until the 18th century when this type of shutter was introduced in the American south. They were used by the landowners as a status symbol in their grand houses, located in the farms.

Materials

Wood is the traditional material used in this type of window treatment. However, this material has seen a decline in popularity over the years. Timber can be very expensive. It also requires constant maintenance, or else it will warp or rot. Vinyl or aluminium varieties are available, but they are not durable and doesn’t look as appealing as wood.

Engineered wood is one of the most cost-effective materials to use with this type of window covering. They are environmentally friendly. Most models that use this material are treated with waterproof and UV stabilisation coatings to ensure their durability.

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