Florida is a beautiful place to live. And most of the year, Floridians enjoy beautiful weather too. But Central Florida summers can be hot and oppressive. Window shutters let you keep your home comfortable without sacrificing style. They offer privacy, comfort, and timeless elegance. And unlike shades or curtains, you can adjust the louvers to control how much sunshine you let in while maintaining privacy. Shutters are a durable, attractive choice for your central Florida home. There are some things you should understand before you buy or replace shutters.
We’ve answered some of the most common questions asked.
1. What Are Interior Shutters?
Shutters are interior window coverings set in a rigid frame. Like blinds, most have adjustable horizontal louvers. Instead of a cord or wand, plantation shutters have a tilt bar that allows you to open and close the louvers. If you prefer, you can choose shutters with fixed, unmoveable louvers.
Traditional plantation shutters have a front tilt that runs down the middle of the shutter inside the room. Some new designs hide the tilt bar along the side and behind the louvers for a sleek, modern look.
2. How Durable Are Shutters?
Shutters are generally more durable than other window coverings. They’re made with more durable materials like wood, vinyl, or composite (faux wood). Different materials wear differently.
Shutters face a lot of sun exposure, and in Central Florida, a lot of humidity too. So, when it’s time to buy or replace shutters, consider the look, the local climate, and the cost.
Whether you choose real wood, faux wood, or vinyl, beautiful, durable shutters are available at all price points.
3. Do Shutters Really Help Insulate?
The US Department of Energy says you can reduce heat gain by 77 percent with smart window covering choices. And shutters are great insulators.
Shutters keep your home cooler in summer by blocking some or all the warming rays of the sun. They also help keep the winter chill out too.
Whether made of wood, vinyl, or faux wood, shutters are a beautiful way to save money on your heating and cooling bills.
4. Will Shutters Fit My Style?
Shutters offer timeless style. They add sophistication to any decor. They’re versatile and work with any decorating style.
Traditional wood shutters add richness and elegance to your home. Lightweight faux wood shutters give you the look of wood but in a scratch-proof and moisture-proof material that’s practically maintenance-free.
Vinyl shutters are cost-effective and resist warping in high temperatures. They also hold up well to moisture. You can choose the color and look that suits your home best.
5. Does Louver Size Matter?
Shutters come in many different styles. That includes variations in louver size. Your personal taste and the size of your window will determine which size louvers you choose.
Larger windows and doors look great with wider louvers. And wide louvers can have a more contemporary look, especially when paired with a hidden tilt.
6. Are Shutters Hard to Clean?
Shutters are easy to clean, especially when compared to heavy drapes. There’s no need to remove the shutters from the window like you would curtains.
Simply tilt your louvers to the open position and wipe them with a clean microfiber cloth or duster. Or vacuum them with a soft upholstery attachment.
For built-up dirt or stains, clean vinyl or composite shutters with a damp cloth or sponge and wipe away excess moisture once you’re done cleaning them.
Wood shutters are more sensitive to water. You can use a damp cloth to gently wipe away dirt. Don’t scrub. And don’t use detergent, as it might affect the finish. Then wipe away any remaining moisture with a dry cloth.
7. Are Shutters Expensive?
Plantation shutters and louvered shutters are available at several price points. The cost will depend on several factors. That includes the size of the opening, the style and type of shutters, and the material used.
Wood is the most common material used for shutters. Its stylish, classic look is undeniable. It’s also the most expensive.
Faux wood or composite shutters are generally more affordable and durable than wood. And they can mimic wood without as much maintenance.
Vinyl shutters are also less expensive than wood. They’re well suited for heavy traffic areas. Like faux wood, vinyl shutters hold up well to heat and humidity and are maintenance-free.
At Florida Blinds & More, installation is always free.
8. Can I Get Shutters for Odd-Shaped Windows?
Yes! And shutters are a practical and attractive choice for windows of all shapes and sizes. Traditional or contemporary, we have it all. We offer custom solutions to fit your style for every window in your home.
We can also give you beautiful shutters made especially for your sliding patio doors!
9. How Long Will My New Shutters Last?
One of the best things about choosing shutters for your home is their durability. Whether you choose wood, faux wood, or vinyl, you should never need to replace shutters again. That’s because all our shutters come with a lifetime warranty.
10. How Long Will My Order Take?
It does take time to manufacture quality plantation shutters—typically about 4-8 weeks. The precise amount of time depends on the type and style you choose. Sometimes it is possible to put a “rush” on an order if it’s needed sooner.
Our design consultant will go over the production and installation time with you during your consultation, so there should be no surprises.
11. Can I Get Great Window Shutters Near Me?
Have you ever bought something for your home at a store or showroom, only to get it home and discover it doesn’t suit your home?
You can avoid that costly mistake when you work with Florida Blinds & More. Our design consultant will come to your home with plenty of samples for you to see and touch. You’ll be able to see what the shutters will look like in your windows before you buy them.
Our free, no-obligation consultation and estimate make choosing your shutters fun and stress-free.
Ready to Buy or Replace Shutters?
When you’re ready to buy or replace shutters in your home, it should be an exciting and stress-free process. And it can be when you work with Florida Blinds and More.
We offer all major brands and new designs to suit your taste and budget. Plus, we’ll give you free installation and a satisfaction guarantee. Our high-quality, affordable shutters come with a lifetime warranty.
Florida Blinds & More is your window covering expert. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation in-home consultation!