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

Adding custom shutters can add a touch of brightness and sophistication to your rooms.

Because they are a permanent investment, you’ll want to make the selection that best serves your style and budget. After all, quality shutters could even help boost your Detroit residence’s value.

There are many interior shutter selections to select from—plantation shutters, California shutters and traditional shutters. Plus, there’s a huge assortment of colors, stains and materials!

There are tiny distinctions between the three types, and they may have an effect on how these shutters will perform in your house. Amid the key contrasts is the size of the louvers themselves, but there are other differences as well.

When you hire a window treatment pro like Louver Shop of Metro Detroit, we make it easy to pick the right shutters for your residence.

Our free, in-home consultation assists you begin. We’ll bring the showroom to your living room so you can see our attractive, dependable shutters. That way, you can notice how the shades and materials will enhance your home.

Keep reading to learn the tiny differences between the three kinds.


Plantation Shutters

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

If you desire a contemporary look that can lighten any room and add an elegant appearance, plantation shutters are an outstanding solution.

Materials and Colors

Premium shutters use dense 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’s also light and long-lasting. Wood gives a timeless look and can be stained to work with your desired color option.

They frequently are available in light colors to lighten up a space, but also come in darker shades.

Louver Thickness

Louver size influences how wide of a view you’ll get when your shutters are open. And how much daylight will be let into your home.

  • 2 ½”—This the thinnest louver size for plantation shutters. It works well if you want to work with existing shutters in your residence or are going for a historical appearance. This size is good for small windows, but also can be put on big ones.
  • 3 ½”—This is one of the most requested louver widths, since it offers an up-to-date style. It complements small to large windows while allowing in ample natural light.
  • 4 ½”—This is also a popular louver size, as it gives an extremely up-to-date look. It’s good for expansive windows and patio doors, because it provides the best view.

California Shutters

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

Quality kinds of this shutter are made from thick cellular PVC or unblemished wood. They can also be made from a mixture of the two materials.

This style can be stained or painted a selection of colors, although California shutters are usually a brighter color. This keeps rooms welcoming while allowing in sunlight.

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

We can help you make this style for your home by personalizing our popular plantation shutters.


Traditional Shutters

Traditional shutters are a historically accurate option with narrow frames and 1 ¼” mini louvers.

Premium types of this shutter are made from furniture-grade real wood, such as basswood. They offer a classic appearance that fits any window size.

We created Louver Shop of Metro Detroit on these shutters a long time ago. Today, we’re among a couple of manufacturers in the world who still create this type.

Fit is Important for Custom Shutters

A close fit is critical, no matter what shutter style you customize.

Off-the-shelf shutters might appear like a great buy, but they may not fit your windows well. And if they’re made overseas, you never know what type of quality you’re going to have. Or if they’ll last.

That’s why we’ll do skilled measurements before custom-manufacturing your shutters here in the U.S.. Then we complete the process with skilled installation to provide a great match.

To begin designing your shutters, reach us at 888-428-1415 or contact us online to book a free, in-home consultation. We’ll bring models to your residence, measure your windows and offer you a Complete Comfort Pricing™ quote. All at no cost and without pressure.

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