5 Decisions To Consider When Ordering Plantation Shutters In Chicago12/22/2015Richard Rampton Ordering plantation shutters for your Chicago residence is an important investment. You’ll want to look for value in beauty, functionality, and energy savings. But before you start shopping, there are a handful of things to think about when it comes to window shutters. Read about these 5 decisions to make when ordering plantation shutters in Chicago, IL. Plantation Shutters Louver Size Louvers are the horizontal parts of a shutter panel that cover the window and tilt to bring in the desired amount of view and light. Plantation shutters are custom made with three primary louver sizes to choose from. 4.5” is the widest of louver sizes. This louver size is a favorite in the Chicago area because it provides the most light and view - and it’s the easiest to clean. The smaller 3.5” and 2.5” louver sizes mean more louvers in a shutter panel. These shutters end up with a smaller viewing area and may take longer to clean. Keep these in mind 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 layer of personalization. Some frames are a better fit depending on the kind of window in the room. Preview some of the frame styles available. Contact a shutter expert about which frame style are available in your town - and whether an outside mount or an inside mount is a better style for your window. Plantation Shutters Tilt Rod A shutter tilt rod is the upright part that makes it possible to adjust the shutters in unison. One option is a front mount tilt bar. This popular tilt rod is placed on the front of the plantation shutter panel. To adjust the louvers, simply adjust the tilt rod. Other options include a rear mount tilt rod. Here, the tilt rod is installed on the shutter panel facing the window. This means it’s hidden from view when you close the shutters. And you can move the shutters by simply tilting a single louver and the entire panel of shutters shift as well. The tilt rod can be seen on the side when when you have the louvers open. This tilt rod might result in the shutters looking like oversized blinds. Plantation Shutters Materials The shutter material determines the energy savings you can expect and the color options available. Sunburst Shutters Chicago brings you the following premium plantation shutter lines in Chicago to consider: Polywood® shutters: built from a patented wood synthetic that won’t split, insulates 70% better than the equivalent 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, customizable with 11 paint colors and 28 stains. View this recorded design tip to find out which plantation shutters are highest rated for energy efficiency. Plantation Shutters Installation You can mount plantation shutters yourself. But we recommend against diving into this home improvement project before consulting a specialist. Deciding on the best shutter company to set up your new interior shutters is essential to operational and elegant window treatments. Play this recorded design tip on purchasing plantation shutters in Chicago, IL. Purchase Your Plantation Shutters In Chicago TodayCurious as to how to order plantations shutters in Chicago? We’ll come to your house and explain all the options to customize your window shutters. Our specialists measure the width and length of your window so that the shutters fit it beautifully and function 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!