Plantation Shutters And Hurricane Shutters

By George M. Davidsberg

Plantation shutters can add a unique look to any home. Historically, they were used for protection against the elements, as well as against intruders, but in recent times, have been used to make more of a design statement. But what are they?

They’re window shutters that mount inside or outside a window, and feature adjustable louvers for independent regulation of light emission as well as climate control. They can act as a barrier for drafts from cracks around the windows.

They can be used singly, or across an entire bank of windows, which looks especially nice. Sometimes several shutters are hinged together to cover an exceptionally large window. Generally, you’ll see that in a commercial setting, such as a restaurant with a patio, but sometimes you’ll see it in homes with large openings to decorate.

Hurricane shutters are popular in areas susceptible to hurricane activity. They’re more for protection against flying debris and broken glass.


There is nothing like the warm, rich look of real wood shutters, but sometimes wood isn’t practical, either from a logistics standpoint or a financial standpoint. Shutters can be used anywhere, from living rooms, to dining rooms, to kitchens, to bathrooms. If they’re made of wood, they should be kept from moisture, as they can crack, swell or warp. This means they’re not the best choice for bathrooms, kitchens, or near hot tubs or Jacuzzis. However, many types of faux wood are available, which are made of materials that won’t warp.

Installing shutters can be a simple home repair and improvement project even for those not comfortable with this sort of thing. If desired, you can call a local professional to install them for you. If you choose to tackle the project yourself, allow about an hour per window for installation. Here are some tips to installing your own plantation shutters:

1) Make sure you know the measurements of the window. Check the dimensions of the window so you can determine that its angles are correct. Unlike a soft window covering, which can be moved to cover bad angles, windows that are being prepared to accept shutters need to be square. If they’re not, the shutters will need to be adjusted to fit.

2) If you need to cut the shutters to fit, cut it slightly larger than the opening.’

3) Use two hinges for shutters 30 inches or less in height. Use three hinges if your shutters fall between 30 to 48 inches. Install hinges on the opposite side of the shutter opening.

4) Install the latch. Take into consideration who will be using this shutter. If small children have access to it, consider installing the latch out of their reach.

Shutters have come a long way from being a measure of protection. Now they just offer a new way to decorate one’s home.

About the Author: Focusing on the area of storm protection, George Davidsberg writes primarily for . His contributions are on


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