Plantation shutters can make a stylish and practical addition to any home. And although they are often found in warmer climates, you don’t need to live in the tropics to appreciate the several benefits that this type of window covering has.
This type of shutter is older than you might think and was actually invented by the ancient Greeks over 2,000 years ago. French Royalty made the plantation shutter popular during the 17th and 18th centuries, and over the centuries they have been widely used in Florida, the Mediterranean and South Pacific because of their ability to ventilate a room. The shutters typically have wide louver blades and consist of just two shutters per window.
That same ability to provide ventilation is still one of the reasons plantation shutters are a good choice if you live somewhere hot and humid. They work because they help to prevent warm air from the outside entering your home, as they close and form a seal very close to the frame. And the fact that they do such a good job of keeping out the heat and making your inside space cooler means you can save significantly on your energy bills over the years. Shutters let you easily control the amount of light that’s entering a room and the thicker blades also insulate your room from any outside noise and provide plenty of privacy. In fact, plantation shutters are considered one of the best options for any homeowner who wants to keep their home warm in the winter, and cool in summer.
Another benefit of plantation shutters is that they are extremely easy to clean. Although they are sturdy enough to be cleaned safely with the brush attachment of your vacuum cleaner, you can also simply wipe them down with a damp cloth. Unlike some other window coverings, you won’t need to worry about damaging the blinds or having to take them apart to clean. And because they are so easy to clean, they are also healthier; dust doesn’t accumulate as much as on other types of blinds, making them ideal for anyone with allergies or who is sensitive to dust.
If you have kids in your home, plantation shutters are a lot safer for them than regular blinds. Your child can’t become tangled up in the cord that hangs down from a regular blind, and of course they are also safer for homes with pets too. You may well find your shutters last you a long time, a lot longer than other blinds or curtains would, as they won’t fade, warp or crack. If you have rooms that receive a lot of direct sunlight, plantation shutters are ideal and they can be used effectively and safely in those rooms that tend to become hot and steamy, such as your kitchen or bathroom.
And there is no denying that plantation shutters just look good too; in fact, many homeowners prefer the look of these shutters to other blinds or curtains. Although the shutters aren’t actually permanent, they tend to look more permanent than other types of window coverings, and can help to add value to your home, and make it easier to sell. They are also available in a variety of styles and sizes, making it easy to find the shutters that look perfect in your home.
There are other options available when it comes to how to keep the light and heat from entering your home. But if you are looking for something that looks great, will potentially save you money, is healthy and easy to look after, you may want to consider installing plantation shutters.
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