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5 Decisions To Think About When Ordering Plantation Shutters In Gainesville

December 22, 2015

Ordering plantation shutters for your Gainesville home is an important investment. You’ll want to look for value in beauty, functionality, and energy savings. But before you launch your search, there are some things to keep in mind about window shutters. Read about these 5 decisions to think about when ordering plantation shutters in Gainesville, FL.

Plantation Shutters Louver Size

Louvers are the shutters’ horizontal elements that cover the window and tilt to bring in the desired amount of view and light. Plantation shutters are available in three different louver sizes. The widest louver is 4.5”. This louver size is a favorite in the Gainesville area because it brings in the most scenery and sunlight - and it’s easy to keep clean.

With smaller 2.5” and 3.5” louvers, there are more louvers on the window. Plantation shutters with smaller louver sizes result in a smaller viewing area and may take longer to clean. Don’t forget about louver sizes when ordering indoor shutters.


Plantation Shutters Frame Style

Plantation shutters are placed on a window thanks to a frame. The shutter frame surrounds the panel, adding another custom option. Some frames look and fit better with the style of window you have. Here is a sample of frame styles offered.

Craftsman frame  Outside mounted L frame  Z frame for shutters  Decorative casing frame

Contact your shutter professional about which frame style are available in your town - and find out if an outside mount or an inside mount is best for the window.

Plantation Shutters Tilt Rod

The tilt rod is the perpendicular component that makes it possible to adjust the shutter louvers in unison. One of your options is a front mount tilt bar. This classic tilt rod is visible on the front of the panel. To tilt the louvers, simply adjust the tilt rod. 

How To Buy Plantation Shutters In Gainesville, FL 
Another option is a rear mount tilt rod. In this case, the tilt rod is located on the back side of the shutter panel. This means it’s hidden from view when you close the shutters. And you can control the shutters by simply tilting a single louver and all the others move as well. Yes, the tilt rod can be seen on the side when you have the louvers open. This type of tilt rod may result in the shutters looking like bigger blinds.

Plantation Shutters Materials

What the shutter is composed of determines the energy savings you get and the colors available. Sunburst Shutters Gainesville offers these quality plantation shutter brands in Gainesville to pick from:

  • Polywood® shutters: made from a patented wood synthetic that won’t warp, insulates 70% better than the comparable wood shutter, customizable with 3 premium white paints that won’t lose their color and a custom color-matching program.
  • Ovation® wood shutters: made from 100% Teak, insulates better than most window treatments, available in 11 paints and 28 stains.
See this recorded design tip to find out which plantation shutters are built for maximum energy efficiency.

Plantation Shutters Installation

You can set up plantation shutters on your own. But we discourage diving into this home improvement project without talking to an expert.
Deciding on the right shutter company to mount your new plantation shutters is key to beautiful and functional window treatments. Play this clip for tips on ordering plantation shutters in Gainesville, FL.

Buy Your Plantation Shutters In Gainesville Today

Curious as to how to order plantations shutters in Gainesville? We’ll drive out to your home and show you all your window shutter options. Our specialists take measurements of the width and length of your window to make sure the shutters match it perfectly and open and close smoothly. And we’ll mount them for you - no matter where you live in the Gainesville area. Call 813-602-5966 today or fill out the form below to schedule your free in-home consultation!