Shutters have come a long way since the days where they were mainly used for practical reasons such as to protect the homes from intruders and hurricane. Today plantation shutters continue to provide protection and security to the home but they have become a lot more to home owners. Some of the benefits are they increase the look and appeal of the home, great heat insulators, provide excellent privacy and finally I bet you never guess it, increase the value of your home!
Faux wood plantation shutters are the most popular as they are affordable and hardy. They are made out of synthetic material that looks like wood and since they are not wood therefore they are resistant to moisture damage and termites attack. In addition you can customize them to any color that you want. They can be custom-made faster than wood shutters and they are about 25% cheaper. As for the size you can opt for either a full size, full size with rail, café style (about ¾ of the full size) or café style with rail.
Most shutters are custom-made or made to measure. This is due to the fact that the shutters have fit perfectly to your window or door frame so there is no room for error unlike blinds.
Here are some ideas on how you can custom-made your faux wood plantation shutters according to your taste. If you want a more traditional look you can use smaller slat size while larger slats on the shutters provide a more contemporary or modern look. For the larger shutters you might want to consider adding a divider rail so that you can open the top and bottom separately. If you prefer an expansive view of the outside a rear hidden tilter should be able to do the job.
Shutters can provide additional security as compared to the other types of window treatment. This can be done by adding a latch or lock on the inside which will make it more difficult for intruders and burglars from gaining entry through the window.
Shutters are also safe for young children and pets as they are no dangling cords around. Furthermore they are robust and durable, remember they are also used to protect homes from hurricane in some places. Cleaning them is also a breeze as you can just use a piece of cloth or feather duster to do the job. If you using the faux wood ones than you can even clean it with water or a damp cloth.