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

Installing custom shutters can add a touch of color and style to your windows.

Since they are a long-lasting investment, you’ll want to make the choice that best matches your taste and budget. After all, premier shutters can even help increase your San Antonio home’s value.

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

There are small differences between the three styles, and they can have an effect on how these shutters will perform in your residence. One of the key distinctions is the louver size, but there are other differences in addition.

When you work with a window treatment specialist like Louver Shop of San Antonio, we make it a breeze to pick the right shutters for your rooms.

Our free, in-home consultation aids you get started. We’ll bring the styles to your living room so you can see our beautiful, long-lasting shutters. That way, you can view how the tints and materials will improve your residence.

Keep reading to learn the tiny variations between the three options.


Plantation Shutters

Plantation shutters are the most-wanted interior shutters now. They’re usually created with a 3 ½” louver but can also have 2 ½” or 4 ½” louvers.

If you want a contemporary look that can lighten any area and add a sophisticated touch, plantation shutters are an excellent option.

Materials and Colors

Quality 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 sturdy. Wood provides a classic appearance and can be stained to fit your favorite color option.

They commonly come in light colors to lighten up an area, but also come in darker tints.

Louver Width

Louver thickness influences how wide of a view you’ll have when your shutters are open. And how much sunshine will be let into your room.

  • 2 ½”—This the narrowest louver size for plantation shutters. It works well if you’re attempting to work with existing shutters in your house or want a historical look. This size is good for small windows, but also can be used on larger ones.
  • 3 ½”—This is one of the most sought after louver thicknesses, because it provides a contemporary feel. It works well on small to large windows while letting in enough sunshine.
  • 4 ½”—This is also a well-liked louver width, as it has an extremely contemporary style. It’s great for picture windows and patio doors, since it delivers the widest view.

California Shutters

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

Quality types of this shutter are made from solid cellular PVC or fine wood. They might also be created from a mixture of the two materials.

These shutters can be stained or painted a variety of colors, except California shutters are typically white. This keeps rooms inviting while allowing in sunlight.

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

We can help you design this style for your house by personalizing our best-selling plantation shutters.


Traditional Shutters

Traditional shutters are a historically correct style with narrow frames and 1 ¼” miniature louvers.

Premium kinds of this shutter are created from furniture-grade hardwood, such as basswood. They give a traditional style that complements any window size.

We created Louver Shop of San Antonio on these shutters a long time ago. Now, we’re among a handful of businesses in the world who still sell this kind.

Fit Matters for Custom Shutters

A seamless fit is crucial, whatever shutter look you choose.

Off-the-shelf shutters could feel like a great purchase, but they may not be suitable for you windows. And if they’re made overseas, you never know what level of quality you’re going to get. Or if they’ll work for more than a few years.

That’s why we’ll do skilled measurements ahead of custom-manufacturing your shutters here in the U.S.. Then we complete the process with pro installation to give a great look.

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

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