Plantation shutters are available at almost any price point. How can you tell the difference between high-quality and low-quality shutters if you’re not a shutter expert? Until making a decision, consider a variety of factors when comparing plantation shutters. We’ll show you how to tell the good from the poor in this post. Window Shutters Winchester Near Me
Only wood plantation shutters will be addressed, as shutters made of MDF, composite, and polymer materials are so dissimilar in design and construction from wood plantation shutters that reasonable comparisons are unlikely.
The thickness of a plantation shutter is a good indicator of its consistency. Stiles (vertical supports on the left and right sides of a panel) can be anywhere between 3/4″ and 1-1/4″ thick. Rails (horizontal supports that run across the top and bottom of the structure) can be as small as 1/2″. Higher quality is indicated by thicker stiles. The shutter would be more durable and less likely to warp or sag over time with more material.
A good plantation shutter will have stiles that are at least 1 inch thick.
Shutter rails may be the same thickness as the stiles or even thinner. About half of all wood shutters, in my experience, have rails that are thinner than the stiles. This is done as a design feature, so it has no bearing on our quality comparison. Thicker rails are preferable to thinner rails, but rails that are thinner than the stiles are appropriate.
Plantation shutters are usually constructed with several panels. When two panels meet, there are a few options for connecting them. The most basic method is to cut each panel with a straight, flat edge and then butt them up against each other. The disadvantage of this method is that it leaves an unsightly gap between the panels through which light can pass.
Rabbeting the panels is a better way to join them together. Each panel has a small lip cut into it so that one panel overlaps the other by around 1/4″. The rabbeted panels provide privacy while blocking light.