Frequently Asked Questions - Plantation Shutters

What is the difference between Basswood timber Plantation Shutters 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.  We no longer manufacture Basswood shutters, instead we've switched to an Australian Made PVC Shutter. PVC is better suited to ‘wet’ areas such as bathrooms and laundries, and is great for warmer climates with higher humidity. 

How much do Plantation Shutters cost?

Our PVC Express Planation Shutters are $279 per square metre. Great value for an Australian Made product!

Are Plantation Shutters blockout?

Whilst Plantation Shutters block the majority of light entering a room, it's best to think of them as "room darkening" rather than full blockout. You will need to accept some light filtering through between the blades, even when they are closed. 

Can I put Plantation Shutters in my bathroom? 

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.  They are also great for use in waremer climates with higher humidity. 

How do I work out how many shutters I need on my window?

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.     

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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