Plantation Shutters Wilmington NC

If you’re looking for the most popular window treatments in southeastern North Carolina, chances are you’ve heard folks rave about plantation shutters. Whether you’re looking to adorn a coastal cottage in Carolina Beach or a historic downtown Wilmington home, shutters make for a classic and versatile window covering. Here’s what you need to know to buy the best shutters for your home.

Types of Shutters

plantation shutters wilmington ncPlantation shutters have come to be known as the shutters of the South, thanks to the numerous plantation homes with this style of shutter. But what’s the difference between traditional shutters and plantation shutters?

  • Plantation shutters are wide louvered shutters, or shutters with thicker slats. Plantation shutters work well for large, tall windows.
  • Traditional shutters, on the other hand, have smaller slats. They are often installed as multiple shutters per window, rather than a single set per window.

Want to weigh the pros and cons of plantation shutters? Check out our article on the South’s most beloved shutter.

Styles of Shutters

Whether you opt for stately plantation shutters or sweet and simple traditional shutters, there are multiple styles to choose from. Here are a few categories to consider for your shutters:

  • Full height shutters span the entire length of the window, from top to bottom.
  • Tier on tier shutters, also known as double hung shutters, stack on top of one another for light control on varying levels of window space.
  • Cafe-style shutters allow for light control and privacy on the bottom half of the window, leaving the top half shutter-free for light to shine on in from above.
  • Full solid shutters are louver-free, simple and sleek shutters with two light control options: totally open or totally closed.
  • Half solid shutters give you the best of both worlds: the bottom half is louver-free for full privacy, whereas the top half of the shutter has adjustable louvers to let the light in however much you want.

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Shutter Materials

One of the most important considerations for shutter shopping is what material your shutters will be made from. Whether you’re looking to frame a view of the Cape Fear River or update your kitchen windows, shutter material type greatly impacts the aesthetic quality and longevity of your shutters.

  • Wood shutters are typically stronger and lighter than composite shutters, though they cannot handle humidity as well. They can be painted or stained any color and easily custom-sized for uniquely shaped windows.
  • Synthetic shutters are heavier and available in less color options than wood shutters, but they’re humidity-friendly, which is a big plus in coastal North Carolina homes.

Want to learn more? Here are a few other considerations to go over with the experts at Strickland’s before having yours installed.

Now let’s go shutter shopping!
Now that you know the basics of shutter shopping, we welcome you to come by Strickland’s Home to see our window treatment options in person. Professional designers and installers will happily guide you through the process every step of the way. If you have more questions or you’d like to schedule a free onsite consultation, please contact us soon.