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5 Decisions To Consider When Ordering Plantation Shutters In Chicago

December 22, 2015

Ordering plantation shutters for your Chicago house is an important investment. You’ll want to look for value in functionality, energy savings, and beauty. But before you start shopping, there are a handful of things to consider about window shutters. Read about these 5 decisions you’ll have to make when ordering plantation shutters in Chicago, IL.

Plantation Shutters Louver Size

Louvers are the horizontal parts of a shutter panel that tilt to let as much or as little of the light and view in. Plantation shutters are custom made with three primary louver sizes to choose from. 4.5” is the widest of louver sizes. It’s the preferred louver size in the Chicago area because it provides the most scenery and sunlight - and it’s a breeze to dust.

With smaller 2.5” and 3.5” louvers, there are more louvers in a shutter panel. These plantation shutters have a smaller viewing area and may take longer to clean. Louver sizes are a key consideration when ordering indoor shutters.


Plantation Shutters Frame Style

Plantation shutters are placed on a window thanks to a frame. The shutter frame surrounds the panel, adding another custom option. Some frames are a better fit depending on the style of window in the room. Preview some of the frame styles available.

Craftsman frame  Outside mounted L frame  Z frame for shutters  Decorative casing frame

Contact a shutter expert about the frame styles available in your town - and find out if an inside or outside mount is best for this window.

Plantation Shutters Tilt Rod

A shutter tilt rod is the perpendicular part that makes it possible to adjust the shutters all at once. One option is a front mount tilt bar for the shutters. This popular tilt rod is placed on the front of the shutter panel. To adjust the shutters, simply adjust the tilt rod. 

Tips For Buying Plantation Shutters In Chicago, IL 
Other options include a rear mount tilt rod. In this case, the tilt rod is installed on the shutter panel facing the window. This means it’s hidden when you close the shutters. And you can move the shutters by moving a single louver and the entire panel of shutters shift as well. Keep in mind that the tilt rod can be seen on the side when you have the louvers open. This tilt rod might result in the shutters looking like oversized blinds.

Plantation Shutters Materials

The materials the shutter is made of determines the energy savings you receive and the colors available. Sunburst Shutters Chicago brings you the following quality plantation shutter lines in Chicago to consider:

  • Polywood® shutters: built from a patented wood synthetic that won’t crack, insulates 70% better than the comparable wood shutter, available in 3 premium white paints that won’t fade and a custom color-matching program.
  • Ovation® wood shutters: built from 100% Teak, has better insulating qualities than most window treatments, comes in 28 stains and 11 paint colors.
View this recorded design tip to find out which shutters are the most energy efficient.

Plantation Shutters Installation

You can set up plantation shutters on your own. But we recommend against diving into this home improvement project before talking to an expert.
Finding the best shutter company to mount your new interior shutters is vital to operational and elegant window treatments. See this recorded design tip on ordering plantation shutters in Chicago, IL.

Purchase Your Plantation Shutters In Chicago Today

Curious as to how to order plantations shutters in Chicago? We’ll drive out to your house and explain all the options to customize your window shutters. Our experts measure every inch of your window so that the shutters match it beautifully and operate smoothly. And we’ll mount them for you - no matter where you live in the Chicago area. Call 847-250-6544 today or fill out the form below to schedule your free in-home consultation!