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Frequently Asked Questions - Plantation Shutters

What is the difference between Basswood timber and PVC Plantation Shutters?

Both Basswood and PVC Plantation Shutters are equal when it comes to pricing, quality, operation, insulation properties and how they look. It comes down to a question of personal preference, use & specifications.  Basswood timber being a light weight hardwood is great for larger windows, whilst PVC is better suited to smaller windows and ‘wet’ areas such as bathrooms and laundries.  Michael has 2 simple rules to consider when understanding which shutter type to buy. 1. Less is More – Don’t overcrowd your windows with too many panels 2. You must follow the window – ensure that the finished look is aesthetically pleasing from both the inside and outside of your house.      

I’m looking for white timber plantation shutters.  Is this Basswood?

Yes.  Basswood is a superior hardwood commonly used for making timber plantation shutters due to its light weight and warp resistant properties.  Basswood timber is also known for its fine grain texture giving a smooth finish and is hardy and long lasting.

What is the best use for Basswood timber shutters?

Basswood timber shutters are a great solution for all windows in your home.  A lightweight timber, basswood is particularly suited to larger windows due its ability to be made to wider specifications.  Use the iseekblinds  Basswood panel layout charts to assist you to understand which layout will be the best fit for your windows.   

Are corner windows or Bay windows available to order in plantation shutters?

Yes Basswood plantation shutters offer you the option to order a 90° corner window or a 135° bay window shutter. Use the check measure worksheets and the specific panel layouts provided on the website to guide you through the order process.  To guide you through the process view the How to Measure and How to Install videos.  

What size is the shutter blade?

All of our plantation shutters come standard with a 89 mm blade / louvre

Caring for and cleaning your Basswood Timber Plantation Shutters

Care must be taken when cleaning your shutters. Generally, dust may be easily brushed off at regular intervals. Tilt the louvres almost all the way in one direction. Using a feather duster, soft cloth, dust mitt, or vacuum cleaner with a soft furniture attachment, clean each louvre individually. Then flip the louvres in the other direction and repeat. This can prevent dirt from accumulating and damaging the finish if done regularly.

To remove more significant dirt build-up, wipe louvres with a damp cloth. Add mild liquid soap if necessary. Any cleaning product that contains abrasives or caustic components should not be used, as it can adversely affect the finish.

We recommend that you NEVER immerse your shutters in water, as this can affect the paint.

Do not apply any furniture polish or wax, as this may also affect the painted finish.

With regular maintenance, your shutters should last and look like new for many years to come.

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