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

Installing custom shutters can add a bit of brightness and elegance to your windows.

As they are a long-lasting investment, you’ll want to make the selection that best serves your taste and budget. After all, premium shutters might even help increase your Myrtle Beach home’s value.

There are a lot of interior shutter options to choose from—plantation shutters, California shutters and traditional shutters. Plus, there’s a huge variety of colors, stains and materials!

There are small discrepancies between the three models, and they can impact how these shutters will look in your home. Among the main distinctions is the louver size, but there are added contrasts in addition.

When you hire a window treatment expert like Louver Shop of Myrtle Beach, we make it easy to choose the best shutters for your home.

Our free, in-home consultation helps you begin. We’ll bring the showroom to your home so you can see our attractive, long-lasting shutters. That way, you can view how the colors and materials will complement your house.

Keep reading to discover the tiny distinctions between the three kinds.


Plantation Shutters

Plantation shutters are the top-selling interior shutters at this time. They’re frequently available with a 3 ½” louver but can also have 2 ½” or 4 ½” louvers.

If you’re looking for an up-to-date look that can brighten any window and add a luxurious appearance, plantation shutters are a fantastic solution.

Materials and Colors

Premium shutters use solid cellular PVC, furniture-grade wood or a mixture of the two materials.

PVC helps save energy since it insulates up to three times better than wood. It’s also lightweight and durable. Wood gives a timeless appearance and can be stained to fit your preferred color option.

They often are available in white colors to illuminate a room, but also are made in darker shades.

Louver Thickness

Louver thickness affects how broad of a view you’ll get when your shutters are open. And how much light will be let into your house.

  • 2 ½”—This the thinnest louver size for plantation shutters. It works well if you want to complement existing shutters in your residence or want a classic look. This size works well for smaller windows, but also can be put on big ones.
  • 3 ½”—This is one of the most ordered louver thicknesses, because it offers an up-to-date feel. It works with small to large windows while permitting in ample sun.
  • 4 ½”—This is also a favorite louver width, as it provides an ultra- contemporary style. It’s best for big windows and patio doors, since it offers the biggest view.

California Shutters

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

Premium versions of this shutter are made from dense cellular PVC or furniture-grade wood. They might also be crafted from a mixture of the two materials.

This style can be stained or painted a range of colors, except California shutters are typically white. This keeps areas bright while letting in light.

Because California shutters have a narrower louver, they offer a more classic look. They match either small or large windows.

We can help you design this look for your home by personalizing our most wanted plantation shutters.


Traditional Shutters

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

The best versions of this shutter are made from furniture-grade natural wood, such as basswood. They deliver a traditional look that complements any window size.

We created Louver Shop of Myrtle Beach on these shutters many years ago. At this moment, we’re among a few companies in the world who still make this style.

Fit is Crucial for Custom Shutters

A close fit is crucial, no matter which shutter type you customize.

Off-the-shelf shutters can seem like a good buy, but they may possibly not be suitable for you windows. And if they’re made overseas, you never know what kind of quality you’re going to have. Or if they’ll last.

That’s why we’ll complete expert measurements prior to custom-manufacturing your shutters here in the USA. Then we end the process with professional installation to provide a seamless look.

To start making 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 house, measure your windows and provide you with a Complete Comfort Pricing™ quote. All at no expense and under no obligation.

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