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

Putting up custom shutters can add a bit of color and style to your windows.

As they are a permanent investment, you’ll want to make the choice that best serves your preference and budget. After all, premium shutters may even help increase your Dallas residence’s value.

There are a lot of interior shutter options to choose from—plantation shutters, California shutters and traditional shutters. Also, there’s a wide assortment of colors, stains and materials!

There are little discrepancies between the three types, and they could have an effect on how these shutters will appear in your house. Amid the main distinctions is the size of the louvers themselves, but there are more distinctions in addition.

When you hire a window treatment professional like Louver Shop of Dallas/Fort Worth, we make it simple to pick the right shutters for your rooms.

Our free, in-home consultation assists you get started. We’ll bring the showroom to your living room so you can view our attractive, long-lasting shutters. That way, you can see how the shades and materials will complement your space.

Keep reading to discover the small distinctions between the three types.


Plantation Shutters

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

If you desire an up-to-date fashion that can brighten any space and add a luxurious touch, plantation shutters are an excellent choice.

Materials and Colors

Quality shutters use thick cellular PVC, furniture-grade wood or a blend of the two materials.

PVC helps use less energy as it insulates up to three times better than wood. It’s also light and long-lasting. Wood has a classic appearance and can be stained to fit your favorite color style.

They commonly come in light colors to let more light into an area, but also are made in darker colors.

Louver Size

Louver thickness affects how wide of a view you’ll get 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 works well if you’re trying to match current shutters in your house or are looking for a classic look. This size is good for small windows, but also can be used on bigger ones.
  • 3 ½”—This is one of the most ordered louver sizes, as it has an up-to-date style. It complements small to large windows while letting in enough sunshine.
  • 4 ½”—This is also a popular louver width, as it offers an extremely up-to-date appearance. It’s best for large windows and patio doors, because it delivers the widest view.

California Shutters

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

Deluxe versions of this shutter are created from solid cellular PVC or furniture-grade wood. They can also be created from a mixture of the two materials.

This type of shutter can be stained or painted a range of colors, though California shutters are commonly white. This keeps rooms bright while letting in sunshine.

Since California shutters have a thinner louver, they give a more traditional appearance. They suit either small or large windows.

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


Traditional Shutters

Traditional shutters are a historically accurate model with narrow frames and 1 ¼” miniature louvers.

Deluxe types of this shutter are made from furniture-grade natural wood, such as basswood. They deliver a timeless style that matches any window size.

We founded Louver Shop of Dallas/Fort Worth on these shutters a long time ago. At this moment, we’re among a couple of companies in the world who still sell this style.

Fit is Important for Custom Shutters

A tight fit is critical, whatever shutter style you order.

Pre-made shutters could seem like a smart purchase, but they may not be suitable for you windows. And if they’re made in China, you can’t be sure what level of quality you’re going to get. Or if they’ll work for more than a few years.

That’s why we’ll complete exact measurements before custom-manufacturing your shutters here in the United States. Then we end the process with professional installation to give a great fit.

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

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