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Why Your Plantation Shutters Are Drooping and How to Adjust Them

Plantation shutters are a fantastic addition to your house. These window treatments are loved for their classic style and unmatched energy efficiency. But it’s essential your plantation shutters are crafted with premium materials and master craftsmanship. If they aren’t, their louvers could loosen or start sagging.

Sagging or loose plantation shutters reduce your house’s beauty and are difficult to adjust. There are a lot of reasons that could explain why your shutters have loosened. We’ll go over them as well as how you can to tighten them.

3 Reasons Why Your Plantation Shutters Are Loose

1. Bad Quality

The best shutters, including those from Louver Shop of Philadelphia, are manufactured from furniture-grade American hardwoods or solid polymer. Poor-quality shutters are manufactured from low-cost MDF or hollow vinyl, so it’s crucial to research the materials when buying plantation shutters.

Wood plantation shutters are the standard and are recommended for spaces that don’t get excessive humidity or moisture. They often last longer and are lighter, making them an excellent option for big windows.

If you want plantation shutters for a sunroom or bathroom, faux wood plantation shutters are a great compromise. High-quality models are extremely energy efficient and should withstand sunlight and moisture without drooping or becoming misshapen. Shutters that are created from solid polymers can rival the durability and longevity of hardwood.

When choosing window treatments, don’t forget to check on their construction and features, like if they don’t need a lot of maintenance. At Louver Shop of Philadelphia, our shutters are made with high-end materials and designed to never need tightening.

2. Regular Use

Plantation shutters offer superior control over the amount of light, privacy and air circulation in your residence. Over time, daily use may result in your shutters sagging or loosening. You can repair this by tightening the tension adjustment screws, but some cheaper shutters might not have them.

As plantation shutters are a true investment in your house, you’ll want to choose ones that include a strong warranty. Our Louver Shop of Philadelphia shutters come with one of the best lifetime limited warranties in the industry. They’re guaranteed against drooping, crackling, peeling and many other normal malfunctions.

3. Temperature Fluctuations

If you have less expensive wood plantation shutters and go through big temperature swings, your shutters can warp as time goes on. This is because temperature changes can cause the wood to fluctuate in size.

At Louver Shop of Philadelphia, our wood plantation shutters are guaranteed against warping. By retaining their shape, you’ll receive the advantages of beautiful design and simple functionality for years to come.

How to Solve Sagging or Loose Plantation Shutters

Solving sagging or loose plantation shutters is simple but can require a lot of time. Top-quality shutters include tension adjustment screws that give you the ability to loosen or tighten your louvers. Other designs have springs within the shutter panel. While these may prevent some sagging, you’ll have to replace the complete panel if the spring breaks.

Tension adjustment screws are situated on the inside edge of plantation shutter panels. If there are separate sections, there are often both top and bottom screws. You’ll need a Phillips head screwdriver and the louvers must remain stationary. Otherwise, turning the screw will only close the louvers. You can secure them in place with a clamp or your free hand.

While this may only take a few minutes, the process can take up your free time if you have shutters across your home.

We’ve Specialized in Plantation Shutters for More Than 50 Years

We began establishing Louver Shop of Philadelphia on plantation shutters more than 50 years ago. Today, they are still produced in our plant in Gainesville, Georgia. We think that gorgeous homes begin with shutters produced in the USA from the highest-quality materials.

Since all our shutters are custom made, you’ll be able to customize the color, louver size and more. Unique or big windows aren’t troublesome for us, as we’ve never found a window that we couldn’t cover.

Our process gets started with a no-pressure free consultation. You’ll be able to view samples up close from the comfort of your couch and receive expert recommendations from your local Louver Shop of Philadelphia design consultant. With our Complete Comfort Pricing™ quote, you’ll know just how much your new shutters will cost.

To request your consultation, give us a call at 888-428-1415 today. There’s no obligation, just access to free design advice, free professional measurements and a free quote.

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