Buying Plantation Shutters: 4 Facts You Need to Know

Before buying plantation shutters for your home, which is a hefty investment of your hard-earned savings, consider all the options you have and the benefits they can bring. Read on to find information to help you make the right decisions for your home’s decorating style. 

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You Can Choose Between Custom and Stock Materials

The stark difference between custom and stock plantation shutters is cost. To outfit your home’s windows with specialized shutters tailored to the exact dimensions and shape will raise the total price. While budget may be a dominating factor in your decision, look at your windows and make note of any that are oddly shaped. It may be worth it to invest in custom shutters for these windows at least, simply to cut down on the time and frustration involved with attempting to find a stock product to fit. Ultimately, you could end up wasting money if you buy stock shutters only to discover your windows require custom makes after all.

You Will Enjoy Energy Savings

In the winter, plantation shutters are an added layer of insulation against cold drafts. At the same time, shutters can be adjusted to let in light when the windows are exposed to the warming rays of the sun. The National Resources Defense Council reports that up to onethird of a home’s heat is lost through windows and doors, so adding a protective covering in the form of thick, sturdy shutters is a worthwhile investment. 

You Can Customize Your Product

Whether you decide to invest in custom or stock shutters, you have total control over the material used for your window treatments. Plantation shutters are fabricated from a wide variety of wood types, composites and finishes. In addition, the slats, also referred to as the louvers, can be sized according to the desired width. You also can select shutters with hinges which allow them to be opened in the center or folded to the side. You can opt for shutter coverage on the lower half of a tall window, but leave the top half open to sunlight.

Once the shutters are installed, you are not bound to your current decorating scheme. Wood shutters can be sanded and repainted or finished to cater to the changing style of your home over the years. 

You Will Raise Your Home Value

As far as window treatments go, plantation shutters are the only product that is considered a capital improvement under IRS tax law. Shutters normally stay in the home after it sells. While the actual added value to the total home price varies, plantation shutters are an attractive draw for potential buyers. 

Talk to the window treatment specialist team at Utah Blinds Gallery if you have more questions about the process involved with buying plantation shutters.

 

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