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How Long Do Plantation Shutters Last

How Long Do Plantation Shutters Last

Plantation shutters are beautiful when they’re first installed, but how long do they stay that way? Nothing is designed to last forever, but well-made plantation shutters should last for years to come without having to be replaced or frequently repaired. The truth is, it depends on the shutters themselves, the way they’re made, and the shutter company that manufactures and installs them.

Hand-Crafted Shutters vs. Mass Produced

Mass produced plantation shutters are made faster, generally in a factory and by machines. The problem is that these mass produced shutters don’t have the same level of quality control that they would have if a human being made them. Machines can be smart, but they still don’t have the same critical thinking skills that a person has. 

On the other hand, our shutters are hand-crafted in our workshop. Every shutter is made by human hands and made to last. We have experience to know what will ensure durable and beautiful plantation shutters. And we put that same level of dedication into each shutter we make. That means when we say our shutters last, we can stand behind them because we made them ourselves.

Interior Wood Shutters

Wood can get a bad reputation when it comes to durability. Despite being a sturdy material, it’s also quite porous, and when exposed to moisture or humidity, wood can swell, warp, or rot. This is all true, but it tends to be more of a concern with exterior wood elements. Interior plantation shutters exist in a more controlled environment and therefore will last for a longer period of time without swelling, warping, or rotting, especially if regular maintenance is done. In addition, we make many of our shutters with hardy woods such as yellow poplar to ensure that durability.

Shutter Maintenance

As we mentioned, our plantation shutters are made with wood, which is known for its permeability. Thus when cleaning plantation shutters, it’s a good idea to avoid wetting them first. Instead, use a slightly damp soft cloth to wipe down the louvers and sides of the shutters. Additionally, avoid using any harsh chemicals when cleaning shutters. For stained wood shutters, you will want to refinish them every few years in order to ensure their health, as well as repainting painted shutters occasionally. However, our shutters are made to minimize the frequency with which this will need to be done. If you notice the stain or paint fading, it may be time to give them a touchup.

Painted and Stained Shutters

At Shenandoah Shutters, we offer both painted and stained plantation shutters. Our stained plantation shutters enhance the natural, earthy beauty of the wood. For these, we typically use basswood, which comes through beautifully with a natural stain. However, some homeowners prefer white or cream shutters to better suit their home’s style. For these shutters, we use the less porous yellow poplar wood. This gives the paint a more vibrant appearance and allows it to last longer without fading. 

Our shutters are built to last for years and years to come, and with a little bit of maintenance and occasional touch ups, that’s just what you’ll be able to enjoy from them. Have more questions about the durability of our shutters? Contact Shenandoah Shutters today to learn more or to order plantation shutters of your own.

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Frank and Robin, Pasadena, MD

“We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, the shutters! And so does everyone who has seen them! They are absolutely perfect!!! I’m so glad I bought them all at once! The installation was so professional and they were here on time, worked fast and did a wonderful job. This is really a first class company. Th arched window is just beautiful!

- Frank and Robin, Pasadena, MD

Larry & Sewel Reid

“We were so impressed with Marcia! I can’t say enough about our whole experience from Marcia. A great company to do business with. Thank you for the gift!”

- Larry & Sewel Reid

Lori Steinman

“Beautiful Shutters, Beautifully Made. I recently purchased Shenandoah Shutters for a small project to “check them out”. Shenandoah exceeded my expectations. I am so impressed with the quality and especially love the features that are unique to Shenandoah. Bravo to Shenandoah Shutters for their thoughtful designs and impeccable workmanship and to Amy for professionalism and support.”

- Lori Steinman

Candice & Peter A.

5 Star Quality & Installation!

We couldn’t be more happy with the outcome! What a transformation the shutters have made to our home, just perfect!

- Candice & Peter A.

Robert and Jean, Clifton, VA

“After installation, the installers were excellent in providing information on the shutter finish process and appropriate cleaning. This was most helpful and confirmed that these shutters are an excellent product. They are on all windows in my home and are beautiful!!”

- Robert and Jean, Clifton, VA

Donna Plummer

“The members of Shenandoah Shutters are extremely professional. The first contact came in and measured the windows that were to be done. The second contact was with the guys who installed the shutters. In and out and they look wonderful. Can’t be more pleased with these shutters.”

- Donna Plummer

Janet, Lynchburg, VA

“This company is fantastic. From the first contact we had with them (visiting their showroom) to the final installation, they are #1 professionals. After we visited the showroom, the salesperson came to our home, showed us a sample shutter, and made recommendations (and gave different styles) for our windows. After we accepted the contract, she made an appointment to come out and do exact measurements. We love our new shutters, and every element of this contract could not have been better. They even left a jar of VA peanuts!”

- Janet, Lynchburg, VA

Mila & Jimmie Baturin

“Fabulous Salesperson. Staff was efficient, organized and quick. Love the product”

- Mila & Jimmie Baturin

Julie Krajicek

“I am impressed by the level of professionalism by Shenandoah Shutters. From start to finish in all interactions, I was treated well. The product is outstanding quality. They look perfect.”

- Julie Krajicek

Doug and Carol, Chesterfield, VA

“A pleasure to work with – very organized, good communication, expert craftsmanship, done in a timely manner – a job well done!!”

- Doug and Carol, Chesterfield, VA

Jessica, Richmond, VA

“We love hearing from our clients – Here’s a review we received this week……..”My shutters were delivered and installed this morning. From start to finish the installation took about 90 minutes. I am beyond impressed with the high quality craftsmanship and over the moon with how gorgeous they are. I’d also like to note, that everyone from Marcia in sales, Jodi in billing, and the installers, whose names I didn’t catch, are supremely professional. As a Richmonder, I love that the money from my purchase stays in the local economy, too. I will be singing this company’s praises for years to come. Thank you, Shenandoah Shutters!” Jessica – Richmond, VA”

- Jessica, Richmond, VA

Lee & Cheryl Caslavka

“First Class all of the way. Amy, Jody and installation was a wonderful experience. Thank you”

- Lee & Cheryl Caslavka

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