FAQ´s

What are Plantation Shutters?
A custom built-in window accent providing maximum flexibility, insulation and control of light, privacy, ventilation using a frame with movable louvers. Materials used are hardwood, synthetic poly, MDF and hollow vinyl.

Why Plantation Shutters?
The most elegant, cost effective and stylish window light, privacy and ventilation system available.

How much do Plantation Shutters Cost?
Please click here for shutter basic pricing.

Which Louver Size is for Me?
When making your louver choice, consider the size of the window and the desired effect. The larger windows command the 3-1/2" or 4-1/2", where the view is paramount; using the 3-1/2" or 4-1/2" louvers, the eye naturally focuses on the view through the open louvers. The smaller windows prefer the 2-1/2" or possibly 3-1/2" louvers where the eye will more naturally "see" the shutter before observing the view.

How many panels do I need in my opening?

  • Determine which material is right for you.
  • Measure the width of your opening.
  • Based on the material you choose, use the least number of panels possible.
    • Maximum panel width is 36" for most woods
    • Maximum panel width is 36" for aluminum infused
    • Maximum panel width is 30" MDF.
    • Maximum panel width is 28" synthetic poly.
    • Maximum panel width is 28” for hollow vinyl.
  • One more thought... The number of panels should equal the number of vertical divisions you have in your opening.

I have casement windows. Will the crank handles interfere with the shutters?
We recommend that you leave the crank handles on the window sill behind the shutters. When you want to open the window, simply insert the crank handle, open the window and remove it before closing the shutters. You'll find it won't be any inconvenience.

Can I fold the shutters against the wall on a daily basis?
Please keep in mind plantation shutters are designed to fit an opening. The shutter panels are movable to allow cleaning and access to the window. They are not designed to be moved and folded up against a wall routinely. The louvers are the control mechanism allowing rotation to provide light, ventilation, view and privacy.

How do I determine if I need a frame?
Frames are required for three reasons:

  1. Lack of casing. Frames finish the opening with a cased in look. Shutters that are framed with a Z-Frame make the most aesthetically appealing shutter.
  2. Lack of depth in the opening to accommodate panels and unobstructed operation of the louvers.
  3. Uneven opening dimensions. Many openings have adequate depth but have uneven dimensions. For example, you measure the width at the top, middle and bottom of the opening and have a 1/4" difference. If you installed shutter panels (they are perfectly even in dimension) in this opening, you would have uneven gaps between the panels and the window jamb. The "Z Frame" corrects uneven dimensions by providing a nice even opening for the panels to be installed.

Does Wood Warp and Chip Easily?
Not easily but wood can warp. The choice of a quality hardwood, proper milling techniques and a high-quality finish system helps in avoiding warping. Should a panel be chipped, they are easier to touch up than a MDF or hollow vinyl product.

Can I Install the Shutters Myself?
Yes but not as well as a CST (Certified Shutter Technician.) Understanding how to adjust frames and panels is the key to a great install. You can budget about $2.00 to $3.00 per square foot for a CST. In the many northern sections of the United States labor rates can be as much as $5.00-$6.00 per square foot.

What about Maintenance?
Plantation shutters are easily cleaned using a feather duster and a damp sponge or soft cloth.

What is a Divider Rail?
A divider rail is a horizontal section that adds strength to the panel and an opportunity to operate the louvers above and below the divider rail independently.