Many people prefer shutters to blinds or curtains, and it is easy to see why once they are installed. After all, most types of shutters, especially plantation shutters, have a timeless appeal that transcends decorating trends and interior design fads. Of course, this type of shutter will be particularly in keeping with Victorian-era homes, but plantation shutters also look just as appealing in much more modern residences. Other than looking good, what other advantages do they bring to homeowners? Read on to find out.
Improved Light Control
One of the first things to say about plantation shutters is that they offer the best of both worlds in terms of light control. They can be moved across to cover your entire window, just like a normal shutter or a pair of curtains. However, unlike both of these window treatments, they can also be adjusted to provide some light flow. Like a set of Venetian blinds, they are fitted with slats that you can adjust. This means being able to illuminate your home naturally with sunlight while restricting the amount of glare you get. Consequently, your home will feel more comfortable regardless of the light conditions outside. What's more, the fine degree of light control you get with plantation blinds and shutters means you can help to prevent premature fading of upholstery, carpets and so on.
Unlike curtains or roller blinds, for example, plantation shutters form a physical barrier between the inside of your home and the outside world. If someone were to smash one of your windows in order to gain unauthorised access to your property, then a set of shutters behind them would help to prevent access. Equally, you can pull them across and leave your windows open. This means being able to ventilate your home through the shutters' slats while not worrying about someone trying to crawl through an opened window. That's not something you can say of virtually any other window treatment.
Simple to Maintain
Curtains need to be vacuum cleaned and washed once in a while. Venetian blinds tend to accumulate dust over time and need to be cleaned a certain way. However, plantation window shutters require very little maintenance. They are sturdy enough to withstand most accidental impacts. In fact, all you need to do is to wipe them once in a while with a damp cloth to keep them in mint condition. For this reason alone, they are a popular type of window treatment in many people's homes these days.