Window Screens and Shutters

Window screens and shutters are a great way to improve the appearance of a home and within a budget. Made from wood, steel, or other materials, window shutters are installed on the outside of the window. Some screens and shutter are stationary, there just for appearance while others can be opened and closed, helping control light and adding privacy.

Plantation Shutters

Plantation shutters are probably one of the most common types of window treatments in this area. Another popular choice is with solid panel shutters, which come in a wide variety of options that are easy to find. Common materials include veneer or timber, which can be in a natural finish or colored. The plantation shutter is a type of louver, which has angled slats made from timber. However, louvers are made in both vertical and horizontal options, which can be left natural, stained, or painted.

If you think you would be interested in adding shutters to your home, then you need to make sure you go with the right shutter for the specific window. Because louvers are one of the most affordable and popular, we will focus on those. In addition to the vertical or horizontal design, these also come in a variety of widths to include 1.25, 1.75, 2.5, 3.5, and 4.5 inch options for the slats. If light control is the primary reason for choosing louver screens or shutters, then we recommend you choose those with thick slats.

Shutter Materials

Then, these shutters also come in both wood and vinyl options. With wood, you would discover that pine is the most common material although they can be made from other woods to include cherry and oak. If you order the shutters unfinished, then you can stain or paint them to your liking. Otherwise, you could have the finish of choice completed by the manufacturer. These shutters are highly durable and an excellent investment.

Louver Shutters

There are also louver shutters made from vinyl, which are affordable and beautiful. Often, this type of material is used in bathrooms in that the vinyl can withstand high humidity and moisture levels whereas wood cannot. Additionally, vinyl shutters are a little easier to clean than wood although wood are not difficult either.

When you shop for louver shutters, you will have three basic choices. First is the plantation shutter, truly a charming window treatment solution. Louvers come in both wide and narrow slats with panels that measure from 15 to 36 inches in width. Next is vertical louvers, which have vertical slats with the louvers being 1.25 inches wide, set into panels that measure from 8 to 12 inches in width. Finally, there are café shutters, which is more a style of curtain often used in the kitchen. With this, only have of the window is covered, top or bottom.