Shutters Add Timeless Elegance To Any Room
At The Shading Company of Austin one of our top specialties are Plantation Shutters. Our window shutters are a covering both classic and contemporary. Design details like hand-sanded louvers, fine furniture finishes, and artesian painting techniques distinguish The Shading Company’s plantation shutters from the rest. Many plantation shutter options are available to you and will be discussed on the FREE in-home appointment. Here is information to help you get started. Once you are ready, please call us @ (512) 766-0808 and ask for your free in home consultation. We will give you an up close visual example of how beautiful we can make your home!
Shutter Louver Sizes
2 ½” louvers for plantation shutters was the choice for many consumers in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. Viewed as a traditional plantation shutter, it created a quality, finished window treatment.
The desire for cleaner looks had lead to the 3 ½” louver plantation shutter dominating the market. Nearly 98% of all new shutter orders have the 3 ½” louver specified. Fewer louvers are necessary to build the shutter panel. When closed, they afford the same privacy as the 2 ½” louver. When opened however, the additional space between the louvers creates a dramatic, clean look that affords a greater view while still being subtle on your window.
More popular on the West coast and some tropical regions, the 4 ½” louver screams a very contemporary style here in Houston. Not many residences elect a louver this large, but when you want a statement made with a plantation shutter, the 4 ½” does the job!
Traditional shutters or 1” to 1 ½” louvers signify what plantation shutters looked like in the early days of window treatments. Extremely small louvers created the need for multiple panels in a window. These panels then either bi-folded or tri-folded in order to give the homeowner an opportunity to generate light in their home. Seldom ordered unless trying to replicate a “certain period of time”, the cost of traditional shutters could easily cost twice as much as the 2 ½” louver or 3 ½” shutters.
Consider the Number of Panels Per Window
Plantation shutters are made with quality, North American hardwoods like basswood and poplar materials. Because it is real wood, size limitations exist. A shutter panel by definition is typically built as a continuous section of wood with the louver selection made and the decision as to whether add a divider rail, split the tilt rod, or none of the above. This covers from the window sill to the top of the window.
Inside Mount or Outside Mount?
The first thing your The Shading Company’s sales rep will discuss with you is whether you have a “tilt in” feature to your window. Tilt in windows either have dual locks on top of your windows or plastic strips on the side that when pushed in allow you to tilt in your window towards the living space of your home. Why do we care? The preferred look of window treatments is typically to have a true inside mount. This preserves the look of the upgraded molding that come with today’s new construction. The shutter typically sits on the window sill and does not hang off. The trade off is that this will typically eliminate the ability to tilt in the window. As a consumer, you need to ask yourself the question… do I really clean my own windows? Do I have fixed windows that would force me to be outside of my house anyway? Whatever your answer, The Shading Company can measure and produce a plantation shutter to satisfy your preference.
Unusual Shutter Shapes and Sizes
Arches, angles, doors with push lever handles, skylights… how does a consumer handle these issues? No problem! Since plantation shutters are built from real wood components, arch top windows, doors with cutouts can all be manufactured to work with your windows and doors. Bi-Pass plantation shutter tracks and bi-pass plantation shutter tracks are an ideal way to cover large spans of windows or sliding glass doors. Shutters are actually attached to a decorative header piece and travel on wheels providing maximum flexibility without stressing hinges or frames.
Plantation shutters can be custom paint matched to any color you choose. While we carry over 20 standard paint colors to keep in touch with the current designer paint schemes, by supplying either the code or an actual sample of your paint, The Shading Company will scan the sample and create a sample to send for your approval.
Stained plantation shutters can add warmth to any room in your home. The Shading Company carries over 13 standard stain colors originating from the Minwax color deck. Stain usually carries a surcharge and can add 2 weeks to production time as it is truly applied by hand!
Austin Plantation Shutter Installation and Delivery
Installation will be provided by a trained, professional installer who is a full-time The Shading Company of Austin employee. His goal is to provide a “white glove caliber” installation leaving your home in the same condition as when he arrived, only with more beautiful windows. Delivery time for painted is usually 3 to 5 weeks while stain & arches takes an additional 2 weeks.
A beautiful home, a warm and welcoming space-this is the feeling that quality plantation shutters provide. What else could you ask for?
Delivery time for painted is usually 3 to 5 weeks while stain & arches takes an additional 2 weeks. All components are USA grown and produced, thus allowing for faster delivery and reduced chance of damage versus product coming in from China.