Plantation Shutters are an investment in your home and fine furniture for your windows. Here are some things to consider when deciding on shutters. 1) Wood or Composite - Here in Florida I believe composite is the only way to go since the solid PVC that we sell at 1 Call Interiors will not warp, crack, split or discolor like real wood does. 2) Inside Mount or Out Side mount - This choice could be made for you if you have little sill space which will not accommodate an inside mount frame. Anything outside a ¼ inch of square should move to outside mount frame. We also prefer to do outside mount frame when the customer has bull nose corners, but it is definitely possible to stay with the inside mount frames. 3) Frame Style - The most popular frame choice is the Z frame. The Z frame is an inside mount frame and is called a Z frame because it looks a Z. Part of the frame goes into the sill and part covers the outside wall like a picture frame. They are usually from 1" to 3" wide. 4) Louver Size - Most Manufactures will give you a choice of a 2 1/2, 3 1/2 and 4 1/2 louver. We rarely do 2 ½ louvers. One of the benefits to shutters is having the bigger louvers which mean better vision and light. In some styles of homes where the window height are around 24" the 2 ½ louver works. Usually you'll want the heights to be around 72" or so for the 4 ½ louver to work. The 4 ½ louver can overwhelm small windows. the 3 ½ louver is as a whole the perfect size louver. It is great for vision and light and looks good in almost all windows.
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