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

Adding custom shutters can add a touch of vibrance and style to your house.

As they are a long-lasting investment, you’ll want to make the decision that best fits your style and budget. After all, quality shutters could even help boost your Philadelphia residence’s value.

There are a lot of interior shutter selections to pick from—plantation shutters, California shutters and traditional shutters. In addition, there’s a huge assortment of colors, stains and materials!

There are tiny discrepancies between the three types, and they can have an effect on how these shutters will look in your residence. One of the top differences is the louver size, but there are more distinctions in addition.

When you collaborate with a window treatment expert like Louver Shop of Philadelphia, we make it simple to pick the best shutters for your home.

Our free, in-home consultation assists you get started. We’ll bring the showroom to your residence so you can view our good-looking, durable shutters. That way, you can notice how the tints and materials will enhance your house.

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


Plantation Shutters

Plantation shutters are the most-wanted interior shutters now. They’re typically created with a 3 ½” louver but can also have 2 ½” or 4 ½” louvers.

If you want a modern fashion that can brighten any room and add an elegant detail, plantation shutters are an excellent solution.

Materials and Colors

Premium shutters are created from solid cellular PVC, furniture-grade wood or a combination of the two materials.

PVC helps conserve energy as it insulates up to three times better than wood. It’s also light and durable. Wood has a timeless style and can be stained to match your desired color option.

They commonly come in light colors to let more light into a room, but also are created in darker tints.

Louver Size

Louver size impacts how expansive of a view you’ll get when your shutters are open. And how much sunlight will be let into your house.

  • 2 ½”—This the smallest louver size for plantation shutters. It is a good fit if you’re attempting to match existing shutters in your residence or are looking for a classic look. This size is great for little windows, but also can be put on large ones.
  • 3 ½”—This is one of the most popular louver thicknesses, as it has a contemporary appearance. It works well on small to large windows while permitting in enough natural light.
  • 4 ½”—This is also a popular louver size, as it provides an extremely modern appearance. It’s best for expansive windows and patio doors, since it provides the best view.

California Shutters

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

Premium versions of this shutter are created from dense cellular PVC or fine wood. They could also be created from a blend of the two materials.

This style can be stained or painted a range of colors, except California shutters are commonly a lighter color. This keeps areas welcoming while permitting in sunshine.

Since California shutters have a narrower louver, they provide a more classic style. They fit either small or large windows.

We can help you design this option for your house by customizing our best-selling plantation shutters.


Traditional Shutters

Traditional shutters are a historically accurate style with narrow frames and 1 ¼” minute louvers.

Quality types of this shutter are manufactured from furniture-grade hardwood, such as basswood. They deliver a traditional look that fits any window height.

We built Louver Shop of Philadelphia on these shutters many years ago. At this moment, we’re part of a handful of companies in the world who still produce this style.

Fit is Crucial for Custom Shutters

A close fit is important, no matter what shutter look you pick.

Off-the-shelf shutters may appear like a great purchase, but they may possibly not be suitable for you windows. And if they’re foreign made, you never know what kind of quality you’re going to get. Or if they’ll work for more than a few years.

That’s why we’ll do expert measurements ahead of custom-manufacturing your shutters here in the U.S.. Then we finish the process with professional installation to ensure a good appearance.

To begin designing your shutters, call us at 888-428-1415 or contact us online to schedule a free, in-home consultation. We’ll bring styles to your living room, measure your windows and provide you with a Complete Comfort Pricing™ quote. All at no cost and under no pressure.

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