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

Installing custom shutters can add a touch of brightness and elegance to your home.

Since they are a long-lasting investment, you’ll want to make the choice that best matches your taste and budget. After all, quality shutters can even help boost your Huntsville house’s value.

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

There are tiny differences between the three styles, and they may have an effect on how these shutters will perform in your home. Among the key distinctions is the louver width, but there are more distinctions in addition.

When you hire a window treatment specialist like Louver Shop of North Alabama, we make it a breeze to select the right shutters for your space.

Our free, in-home consultation assists you start. We’ll bring the showroom to your home so you can look at our beautiful, durable shutters. That way, you can notice how the tints and materials will improve your house.

Keep reading to find out the little distinctions between the three types.


Plantation Shutters

Plantation shutters are the best-selling interior shutters today. They’re usually designed with a 3 ½” louver but can also have 2 ½” or 4 ½” louvers.

If you’re looking for a contemporary style that can add life to any space and add a luxurious detail, plantation shutters are an outstanding solution.

Materials and Colors

Quality shutters are made from solid 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’s also lightweight and strong. Wood offers a timeless look and can be stained to fit your favorite color palette.

They frequently are made in white colors to illuminate a space, but also come in darker shades.

Louver Size

Louver size influences how broad of a view you’ll have when your shutters are open. And how much sunlight will be let into your home.

  • 2 ½”—This the narrowest louver size for plantation shutters. It is a good fit if you want to match current shutters in your house or are looking for a classic appearance. This size is great for small windows, but also can be installed on bigger ones.
  • 3 ½”—This is one of the best-selling louver thicknesses, as it has an up-to-date appearance. It works with small to large windows while permitting in enough sunshine.
  • 4 ½”—This is also a well-liked louver width, as it provides an ultra- contemporary appearance. It’s best for large windows and patio doors, as it delivers the best view.

California Shutters

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

Deluxe kinds of this shutter are manufactured from dense cellular PVC or fine wood. They may also be manufactured from a mixture of the two materials.

These shutters can be stained or painted a variety of colors, though California shutters are typically a lighter color. This keeps areas bright while permitting in light.

Since California shutters have a thinner louver, they offer a more traditional style. They work well on either small or large windows.

We can help you make this option for your residence by customizing our popular plantation shutters.


Traditional Shutters

Traditional shutters are a historically correct look with small frames and 1 ¼” minute louvers.

Premium versions of this shutter are made from furniture-grade hardwood, such as basswood. They deliver a traditional appearance that fits any window size.

We founded Louver Shop of North Alabama on these shutters a long time ago. Now, we’re part of a couple of companies in the world who still offer this kind.

Fit is Crucial for Custom Shutters

A tight fit is crucial, no matter which shutter look you choose.

Ready-made shutters can seem like a smart deal, but they may possibly not be suitable for you windows. And if they’re made overseas, you can’t be sure what kind of quality you’re going to have. Or how long they’ll last.

That’s why we’ll complete skilled measurements before custom-manufacturing your shutters here in the United States. Then we finish the process with professional installation to provide a great fit.

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

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