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Plantation Shutters 101

Plantation Shutters 101

Plantation Shutters have been appreciated for centuries in open, breezy homes of the Caribbean and the stately Old South, and they continue to complement today’s more contemporary upscale homes. In the 1700’s plantation shutters were appreciated for their ability to block the direct heat of the sun while still allowing in cooling breezes. Homeowners today still need to block damaging rays of the sun and control privacy without sacrificing the beauty and warmth of natural sunlight.

Plantation shutters unite the past with the present. They transcend their original setting and lend beauty, ambiance, and simplicity to a wide variety of home decors. With each hand-finished louver forming a perfect line, one after the other, the all-wood, custom plantation shutter provides a unique combination of form and function; a beautiful design either open or closed. But when slightly tilted, the true beauty of the plantation shutter lies in its ability to capture an atmosphere all its own.

Once the natural light reflects up from the louvers, it gently bounces off the ceiling and creates a tranquil place to relax. Today’s homes are designed to offer the benefits of natural light, and plantation shutters are more appealing than ever.

Shutter Terminology

Stiles: Vertical side pieces that hold the mounted louvers with louver pins.

Tilt Rod: The mechanism that controls the movement of the louvers. It is attached to each louver with a special brad. The tilt rod can be split to allow two different levels of light control on the same panel.

Louvers: The louvers in a shutter are the movable “parallel slats” that are used to adjust the amount of incoming light. They are offered in two shapes, flat or contour, and they come in widths of 2-½”, 3-½”, or 4-½”.

Rails: Horizontal pieces at the top and bottom of each panel. A divider rail may be used in the center of the panel to allow two different levels of light control on the same panel and are preferred on double hung windows.

Click here to see Locations we serve in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. If you don’t see your area, please do not hesitate to call us!

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

Business Hours

Monday 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Friday 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed