Important Things To Know Before Buying Plantation Shutters

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1. The Material Of Your Shutter Matters

The shutter material you select for your next plantation shutter purchase plays a pivotal role in both the aesthetics and functionality of window treatments in your home or living space. This choice significantly impacts a shutter’s durability, appearance, and suitability for specific environments. Traditional timber or stained timbers shutters, for example, offer timeless elegance and class but are susceptible to moisture damage, making them a bad choice for areas like bathrooms, laundries or general wet rooms. Comparatively, materials like the PVC or Tough shutter have superior moisture resistance, making them ideal for high-humidity spaces.

Selecting the right material is crucial because it directly influences a shutter’s lifespan and performance. The material’s ability to withstand environmental factors, such as humidity, UV rays, and temperature fluctuations, is essential for long-term durability. Additionally, material choice can influence maintenance requirements, ease of cleaning, and overall cost. Therefore, understanding the differences and importance of shutter materials is key to making an informed decision when enhancing your living spaces.


2. Plantation Shutters Are Easy To Clean And Allergy-Friendly

Plantation shutters not only add elegance to your home but also offer practical benefits. They are exceptionally easy to clean and contribute to allergy-friendly environments.

Here’s a handy shutter cleaning guide to maintain their pristine appearance:

  1. Start by using a clean, dry feather duster, cloth, or a vacuum with a brush attachment to gently remove dust and debris.
  2. To ensure a thorough cleaning, adjust the louvers or blades into both open and closed positions.
  3. Avoid submerging the product in water or using abrasive chemical solvents, as this may lead to discolouration and warping of the shutter material.
  4. For stubborn dirt and stains, it’s best to use a cotton cloth dampened with water. Polyester cloths tend to generate static, attracting more dust.

By following these cleaning guidelines, you can keep your shutters looking their best while ensuring a healthier, allergen-free environment around your windows.


3. The Quality Of Shutter Construction Can Differ Tremendously

The quality of shutter construction is a pivotal factor that can vary significantly among different manufacturers, businesses and suppliers throughout Brisbane, Queensland and even Australia. When selecting shutters, it’s essential to scrutinise their origin, construction methods, materials used and even the assembly point of the shutters. Things to be mindful of when considering your next plantation shutters include the joinery techniques, especially if dealing with wooden or timber shutters, as well as the curing and treatment of wood affect resistance to warping and lifespan.

Paint and finishing processes are equally crucial, impacting both aesthetics and protection against wear and tear, especially if placed outside or a heavily facing sun area. The level of detail in these processes may not always be evident, so understanding the risk of what could happen if something is missed will be crucial. Reputable manufacturers adhere to meticulous finishing procedures and we, here at Brisbane Shutters, are quite confident that your shutters are constructed and installed to the highest quality.

Ultimately, understanding construction quality empowers you to make an informed choice, and ensures that you will not be stuck in an exhausting series of ‘back-and-forth’ with your manufacturer, if the shutters are defective in any way.


4. Who Installs Your Shutters Matter In The Long Run

Following on from the above point, not only is the origin and construction of your shutters important but also how they are installed to your home is going to be something you need to consider. Here at Brisbane Shutters, we offer two primary solutions in which you can decide to purchase the shutters as a stand alone product and you install them to your windows yourself. These preset, pre-measured, premade shutters do have their benefits of a fast and convenient delivery time from purchase, however, may not guarantee that the shutters you intended to install is done correctly. Brisbane Shutter’s also offers an installation service that allows for our professional fitters to go to the site of the home and install the shutters, professionally, correctly and for the first time.

The choice of who installs your shutters is a crucial factor with long-lasting consequences. An experienced and skilled installer can make all the difference in the performance and durability of your window treatments. Proper installation ensures that the frames remain perfectly aligned, preventing issues like pinched hinges and warping of shutter panels, which can lead to structural damage over time.

Considering that shutters bear the full brunt of UV rays, their inherent durability is essential. An inexperienced installer might compromise the shutter’s ability to withstand these elements. Opting for factory-certified installers offered by reputable dealers is advisable, as it ensures precision and adherence to manufacturer specifications. While this may entail a slightly higher upfront cost, it guarantees the longevity of your shutters, often backed by a manufacturer’s Lifetime Limited Warranty. Feel free to read Brisbane Shutter’s guarantee and installation policies in our Terms and Conditions here.


5. Louver Sizes Will Change The Look Of Your Shutters

Louver sizes significantly impact the aesthetics and functionality of your shutters. The choice between larger or smaller louvers can dramatically alter the overall appearance of your window treatments and the ambiance of your space.

Larger louvers, such as 4 1/2″, create a modern, open feel, allowing ample light and unobstructed views when fully open to the outside area and will suit the contemporary, minimalist designs. In contrast, the smaller louvers, like 2 1/2″, evoke a more traditional and cozy atmosphere, reminiscent of classic shutters in historical homes. They provide increased privacy and insulation and can remove natural lighting from the room.

Understanding the visual impact and practical implications of louver sizes is essential when customising your shutters to achieve the desired look and feel for each room in your home.


6. You Can Motorise The Tilt Bars On Your Shutters

There is the ability to add convenience to your home by adding a motorised tilt bars to your plantation shutters. This makes your shutters electronic and possible to remotely control the opening and closing of your shutters. This allows you to effortlessly control the orientation of the louvers with the push of a button, eliminating the need for manual adjustment.

Motorised tilt bars provide ultimate precision in managing light and privacy, allowing you to fine-tune the ambiance of a room to your preference. Additionally, they are an excellent choice for high or hard-to-reach windows and adds a touch of sophistication and luxury to your living spaces, seamlessly integrating with smart home systems for remote operation. The ability to motorise tilt bars offers a modern and convenient solution to elevate your shutter experience.


If anything above struck you as interesting or something that you weren’t aware of, we can’t wait to speak to you more about all the features plantation shutters can offer you and your home. Give us a call today or make a time to have a chat with us about how we can help you with your upcoming plantation shutters installation.