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

Installing custom shutters can add a bit of brightness and style to your space.

Because they are a permanent investment, you’ll want to make the decision that best serves your style and budget. After all, premier shutters can even help boost your Raleigh home’s value.

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

There are little discrepancies between the three models, and they can have an effect on how these shutters will look in your house. Amid the main distinctions is the louver size, but there are more differences as well.

When you collaborate with a window treatment expert like Louver Shop of Raleigh, we make it a breeze to design the ideal shutters for your residence.

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

Keep reading to discover the little differences between the three kinds.


Plantation Shutters

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

If you want an up-to-date fashion that can add life to any room and add a sophisticated appearance, plantation shutters are a good choice.

Materials and Colors

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

PVC helps use less energy since it insulates up to three times better than wood. It doesn’t weigh a lot and is durable. Wood offers a traditional look and can be stained to fit your desired color palette.

They commonly come in bright colors to lighten up a room, but also are made in darker shades.

Louver Thickness

Louver thickness influences how broad of a view you’ll have when your shutters are open. And how much natural light will be let into your home.

  • 2 ½”—This the narrowest louver size for plantation shutters. It is a good match if you’re trying to work with present shutters in your home or are looking for an antique appearance. This size works well for smaller windows, but also can be put on big ones.
  • 3 ½”—This is one of the most popular louver thicknesses, because it gives a modern feel. It works with small to large windows while permitting in ample light.
  • 4 ½”—This is also a well-liked louver size, as it provides an extremely up-to-date look. It’s best for expansive windows and patio doors, as it delivers the biggest view.

California Shutters

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

Quality versions of this shutter are manufactured from dense cellular PVC or unblemished wood. They can also be crafted from a mixture of the two materials.

These shutters can be stained or painted a variety of colors, although California shutters are commonly a lighter color. This keeps rooms inviting while allowing in sunshine.

Since California shutters have a thinner louver, they offer a more traditional look. They work well on either small or large windows.

We can help you design this style for your residence by personalizing our popular plantation shutters.


Traditional Shutters

Traditional shutters are a historically accurate look with small frames and 1 ¼” mini louvers.

The best kinds of this shutter are made from fine hardwood, such as basswood. They offer a traditional appearance that works with any window size.

We founded Louver Shop of Raleigh on these shutters a long time ago. Now, we’re part of a couple of companies in the world who still offer this type.

Fit is Crucial for Custom Shutters

A tight fit is important, whichever shutter look you design.

Ready-made shutters might seem like a great buy, but they may possibly not be suitable for you windows. And if they’re foreign made, you can’t be sure what kind of quality you’re going to receive. Or if they’ll last.

That’s why we’ll complete exact measurements before custom-manufacturing your shutters here in the USA. Then we complete the process with expert installation to ensure a great fit.

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

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