Plantation shutters are a common and effective way to give your home a modern, elegant look. They are both useful and appealing.
Plantation shutter components
The design of traditional plantation shutters is very basic. Plantation shutters are typically composed of a series of full-length vertical panels that are divided into four sections: The ‘rails’ are the horizontal slats that run across the top and bottom of the shutter. One or more horizontal rails may be present in the centre of some plantation shutters, separating the plantation shutter into different levels.Learn more about this at Pittsburgh plantation shutters.
Vertical’stiles’ run along the sides of the shutter.
The parallel slats located between the stiles are known as ‘louvres,’ and they can be tilted and adjusted to let in more or less light. Louvers are available in a variety of sizes and shapes. The mechanism that regulates the louvre movement is known as the ’tilt rod.’ These are available in a number of models as well. Single tilt rods consist of a single vertical rod that connects and controls all of the louvres at the same time.
A tilt rod that has been broken into individual parts is known as a split tilt rod. This allows for independent control of multiple levels on a single shutter screen, such as changing the top tier to let in more light while holding the louvres on a lower tier closed for privacy. The apparatus can be hidden behind the shutter panel thanks to hidden tilt rods.
What is the origin of plantation shutters?
Shutters have been around for hundreds of years. According to some scholars, they were first used in ancient Greece, with slats made of marble slabs. They were used to provide cover from the elements, such as rain, wind, and direct heat from the sun’s rays, before glass was available. They were also good at keeping insects and small animals out of the house. When these elements and pests left, and the shutters could be opened, allowing fresh sunlight and a cool breeze to ventilate the establishment, the true function of the shutters was appreciated.
The simplicity and practicality of these shutters were discovered by many old Southern homes, and they were incorporated into the architecture of the decadent mansions found on plantations in the Old South. These implementations gave rise to the term “plantation shutter.” Since their inception, these shutters have seen remarkably few changes.
Plantation shutters in the modern era
Plantation shutters are now available in a wide range of sizes, types, and materials. They can be found in every type of home all over the world. Most are made of hardwoods like poplar or bass, and can be finished in a variety of ways to add architectural interest to both residential and commercial properties. Plantation shutters in rich woods like cherry, oak, mahogany, or walnut are particularly appealing.
Plantation shutters may be used alone or in groups to cover several windows or a wide one. Many plantation shutter manufacturers provide custom shutters that can be built to your specifications to give your home a unique look and make a style statement.
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