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4 Mistakes To Avoid When Choosing Plantation Shutters

4 Mistakes To Avoid When Choosing Plantation Shutters

Whether you’re looking for beauty, durability, or ease of operation, plantation shutters are often the best shutters you can choose for your home. So the choice to go with plantation shutters is one easily made. However, there are still mistakes that can occur when choosing the right plantation shutters for your home. Not all plantation shutters are made with equal quality, and if you choose wrongly, you might find that your money was wasted and that you need new plantation shutters, anyway. Here are a few mistakes you’ll want to avoid when choosing plantation shutters:

Assuming That Cheapest Is Best

Consumers have a tendency to assume that the cheapest products will be the best option for them. After all, it saves them the most money, so they’ll be able to put the rest of that budget towards other things. However, this isn’t always the case, especially if you’re looking for a lasting solution. 

While the most expensive option is often overcharged, you do want window treatments that are both beautiful and crafted to last for years. The last thing you want is to have to spend untold money repairing your damaged window treatments, or replacing them every few years. Handcrafted, beautiful plantation shutters that are built to last are typically worth the added cost.

Defaulting To Basswood

Basswood is the most common type of plantation shutter wood, typically. We even use it here at Shenandoah Shutters…for our stained plantation shutters. But basswood is particularly porous, which makes it less than ideal if you intend to go with white or cream painted shutters. If you choose basswood for painted shutters, it may require more than average paint in order to get the job done, and that paint may begin to fade over time. That’s why for painted shutters, we tend to go for yellow poplar wood.

Not Knowing the Different Types of Plantation Shutters

Don’t assume that buying plantation shutters only means one kind of style for one type of window. While the most popular types of plantation shutters are grand traditional plantation shutters, there are a few options to choose from. Cafe shutters, for instance, only cover half of the window, leaving the other half open and exposed to sunlight. There are also our patented Softedge shutters, with hidden hinges and subtle frames so that they seem to blend seamlessly into the window. 

Buying Plantation Shutters From a Box of a Major Franchise Company

Just because a company is a big name doesn’t mean you should trust them with all of your home decor or window treatment needs. The truth is, companies like Home Depot or Menards just have products shipped into the stores without much thought to the location. On the other hand, our shutters are handcrafted in Richmond, Virginia and shipped throughout the nearby regions. We know the climate, the homes, the people. And you know that your money is going to a local company that puts their heart into their work.

Choosing plantation shutters for your home is great, but it comes down to choosing the right plantation shutters from a manufacturer you know you can trust. For that, there’s Shenandoah Shutters in Richmond, Virginia. Want to learn more? Contact us today for more information about our shutters or come by our showroom to see them for yourself.

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