Frequently Asked Questions - Plantation Shutters

How much do plantation shutters cost?

Our PVC Express planation shutters are $289 per square metre. Great value for a Melbourne made product! 
We also have PVC plantation shutter self-assembly kits, which require a little more DIY from you - but at only $219 per square metre, are a great option for those on a budget. 

What is the difference between your PVC Express plantation shutters and the PVC plantation shutter kits?

Both kinds of plantation shutters are made from the same PVC material, and are identical in quality, colour and appearance. The difference lies in the DIY effort required, and the framing options available.  

Our PVC Express plantation shutters are available with both inside and outside mount options - frame types include L-frame, Z-frame, U-Channel and Direct Mount - and of course various layouts are available to suit the flow of your windows. View all the product specifications here. These shutters also come with fully-assembled panels, meaning you only have to assemble and install the frame, then drop the panels into place. Our how-to install videos show you just how simple it is. 

Our PVC plantation shutter kits are frame free, meaning the shutter panels are directly mounted to the inside of your window, maximising your view to the outside. Various panel layouts are available, enabling you to design your shutters to suit your own windows.  Our plantation shutter kits come with all the components ready for you to assemble yourself, and we provide you with instructions, as well as step-by-step video guidance showing you just how easy it is to do it yourself. With no ‘frames’ to construct, all you will be assembling is the shutter panel itself – the sides, top and bottom rails, and the blades. And priced at just $219, it couldn't be easier or more affordable to install plantation shutters in your home. Easy!  

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. If you want to avoid all light, and have the room in your window recess, you can install a blockout roller blind behind your shutters for maximum light block. 

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 warmer 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. The following tips, plus our layout options will help you decide!

  • 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 the difference between basswood timber plantation shutters and PVC plantation shutters?

Both basswood and PVC plantation shutters are equal when it comes to quality, operation, insulation properties and how they look. It comes down to a question of personal preference, use and specifications.  We no longer manufacture basswood shutters, instead we've switched to a locally made PVC shutter. PVC is better suited to ‘wet’ areas such as bathrooms and laundries, and is great for warmer climates with higher humidity. 

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.

How to clean 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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