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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.     

What is the best use for PVC plantation Shutters?

PVC plantation shutters are the perfect solution for the ‘wet’ areas in your house such as bathrooms, laundries and kitchens due to their moisture resistant properties.  A heavier material than basswood, PVC is also better suited to smaller windows.   Use the iseekblinds PVC panel layout charts to assist you to understand which layout will be the best fit for your windows.  

Is the PVC blade reinforced?

Yes. As PVC is a heavy material, all our blades and stiles are reinforced with an aluminium core to ensure the longevity and quality of your plantation shutters.  As long as the shutters are made within specification this reinforcement will prevent warping or bowing over time.

What is a split tilt?

The Split tilt rod allows you to open or close sections of your shutter blades separately, giving you greater light control and privacy.  You can close the lower portion of your blades for privacy, whilst leaving the top section open to let in light or an open view. You can opt to select split tilt as you proceed through the order process.  There is no extra charge for this. 

What size is the shutter blade?

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

Caring for and cleaning your 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.

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

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