The Right Material for Plantation Shutters

Plantation Shutters

Plantation Shutters bring the look of clean sophistication to any space, more so than most other window treatments. Shutters are also timeless, blending into any décor, and are one of the few window treatments that often qualify as an investment that enhances the value of your home. These unique characteristics of plantation shutters might have many of us running to the nearest dealers to find the lowest bid, but there are still a few factors to weigh carefully before choosing plantation shutters for your home.

Plantation Shutters come in natural wood, faux wood and a hybrid material. While the difference might not seem that important, there are some good reasons to choose the right material for your application. Do you live in a warm, humid climate? Are your new Plantation Shutters going to be in a high traffic area of your home? Do you have small children or pets that that might not be so gentle with your new window coverings? Read on to learn more.

Wood Shutters

Natural wood plantation shutters bring a warm, natural feel into your home. Hunter Douglas offers Heritance® natural hardwood shutters. Made from real hardwoods, natural wood shutters can be stained or painted to match any existing furniture or decor. Because they are constructed of real wood, making them not only strong but offering excellent privacy, insulation, and protection of furniture and draperies from the punishment of direct sunlight when closed. Natural wood plantation shutters are long lasting, light weight and available in virtually any size, they are an ideal solution for covering oversized windows. Due to the fact that they are made of real wood, they need to be maintained carefully with gentle cleaners specified by the manufacturer.

Faux Wood

Faux wood shutters have the appearance of natural wood shutters, but are made of a durable vinyl or PVC material. A good example of faux wood shutters is the  Palm Beach™ line offered by Hunter Douglas. They will never chip, warp, discolor, crack or peel regardless of exposure to heat, sunlight and moisture. Palm Beach™ plantation shutters easy to care for and clean up with soap and water. Because of their durability and resistance to extreme heat and moisture, they’re ideal or the kitchen or bathrooms. The Palm Beach™ plantation shutters are available in the resilient DuraLux™ finish. DuraLux™ makes the faux shutter look virtually indistinguishable from a finely painted natural wood shutter, but is scratch and dent resistant, so you’ll never need to refinish, repaint, sand or stain them. 

Hybrid Shutters

Hybrid plantation style shutters combine the appearance of natural wood shutters and the durability of modern materials to create a beautiful and resilient window covering, giving you a beautiful yet long lasting window treatment. Hunter Douglas has the budget friendly NewStyle® plantation shutters. This hybrid option allows you to have the look of high quality shutters at a more economical price. The NewStyle® is available with UltraGrain™, which is a grain like finish that looks like the grain pattern of natural hard wood. Maintenance of NewStyle® is as easy as dusting with a dry cloth.

For answers to any questions about the right Plantation Shutters for your home, contact the friendly professionals at House to a Home Interiors. Serving Springfield, IL and the surrounding communities within 50 miles, their experienced staff can help you with your next home im-provement project.