When you think of investing in a custom window treatment, your first thought is probably about the expense. In reality, custom plantation shutters are a unique window treatment in that they can actually help save you money over time. Comparable in price to custom draperies, plantation shutters offer many money-saving benefits:
Plantation Shutters Can Lower Your Home’s Energy Bills
We all install window treatments to better control sunlight and add to our home’s aesthetics, but plantation shutters also help insulate your house. Because of the way that plantation shutters are installed, they form a kind of seal against your window frame. Wooden plantation shutters are also thick and solid, with louvers that effectively block out sunlight when closed.
The result is a warmer home in the winter and a cooler home in the summer without making drastic adjustments to your thermostat. This is why many homeowners report reduced heating and air bills after installing plantation shutters. In fact, energy-efficiency is one of the most well-known perks of having plantation shutters.
Of course, none of this is surprising when you consider the history of plantation shutters. When these shutters were originally introduced into homes centuries ago, they were most appreciated for their ability to allow cool breezes into the home while blocking the harsh rays of the sun.
Plantation Shutters Make It More Likely That Your Home Will Sell
First impressions are an essential part of selling your home. To make it more likely that your home will catch the eye of a buyer, real estate agents usually encourage you to boost your curb appeal and stage the inside of your house.
Curb appeal is how your home looks to buyers from the street. When they see your carefully hung wreath, beautifully potted plants, and expertly paved driveway, your curb appeal goes up and your chances of selling are high. Staging is the inside version of curb appeal. When you stage your home, you make it look like something that you’d see in a catalog. You use pared down decorations, clean the house thoroughly, and maybe even bake some cookies for a welcoming scent. It’s all to help buyers really imagine themselves living in your home.
Plantation shutters boost curb appeal and look great when you stage your home. Since plantation shutters are custom made, they usually stay with the home even after it is sold. Because of this, when potential buyers see plantation shutters, they are more likely to express interest in buying your home.
Plantation Shutters Increase the Resale Value of Your Home
For the same reason that plantation shutters boost your curb appeal and staging ability, these shutters also tend to increase the resale value of your home. Potential buyers love that plantation shutters are already part of the house. There aren’t many other upgrades that can actually increase the resale value of your home.
Plantation Shutters Are Long-Lasting
Other window treatments, like curtains or blinds, will need to be replaced long before your plantation shutters will ever need any care. If you have pets or young children, you’ve probably already noticed how easily bent and destroyed blinds and similar hard window treatments can become. Curtains, too, can become faded, ripped, and worn.
With strong, beautiful wood and carefully structured materials, wooden plantation shutters are designed to last for a long time. At Shenandoah Shutters, we even offer a warranty on the plantation shutters. This saves you significant money in the long run.
Plantation shutters are easy to maintain, too. You don’t have to worry about expensive cleaning products or dry cleaning services. Many fabric window treatment options have strict cleaning requirements with costs that can quickly add up.
Plantation Shutters Are Versatile Enough for Any Room Design
When you want to change a room’s color scheme or design theme, you don’t have to worry about buying a new window treatment that matches. While you might want roman shades of a different color or curtains of a different pattern, plantation shutters look great alongside any design plan. Plantation shutters never feel outdated or out of style. This is especially true if you choose a popular, neutral option like stained or white shutters. Plus, the wooden look blends well with your home’s wooden furnishings.
Playing around with design trends is so much cheaper and easier when you already have high-quality plantation shutters dressing the windows.
Plantation Shutters in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C
The summer months are the most popular times for home buying and selling. Shenandoah Shutters remains open for business, and ready to install completely wooden, custom made plantation shutters in your DMV-area home this summer. With so many of us spending more time in our homes during the coronavirus pandemic, there is no better time to improve the look and feel of your house.
The skilled employees of Shenandoah Shutters handcraft each plantation shutter right at our woodshop in Richmond, Virginia. We offer stained and white shutters, as well as custom color options. We use fine American woods and complete each shutter with a silken lacquer finish. We also have many types of plantation shutter designs, from the traditional look to contemporary selections.
In fact, Shenandoah Shutters created its own, patented Softedge design to give our customers maximum control over their plantation shutter aesthetics. This design hides the hinges when the shutters are closed and is one of our most popular choices, especially for tilt-in and casement windows.
At Shenandoah Shutters, we can custom build plantation shutters for windows of any size or shape, from arches and sunbursts to sliding glass and French doors.
Schedule an Appointment with Shenandoah Shutters Today
Contact Shenandoah Shutters today to schedule a free consultation or installation appointment for your plantation shutters. You can also explore our online photo gallery to see our many plantation shutter options and get to know our products.