Once you have gorgeous interior wood shutters installed in your Toronto home, it’s important to realize you can’t just ignore them any longer. You might have gotten into the habit of only taking down curtains or other drapery and cleaning them once a year. Maybe you only wipe down the blinds every month or so, and maybe you only use a light feather duster to do it.
Keeping interior wood shutters in great condition requires regular maintenance and attention to detail. Below are some basic tips to keep in mind for those who have recently had interior shutters installed in their home.
1. Clean them on a weekly basis. Use a damp cloth, not one that is dripping with water, to wipe down each slat of the shutter individually. Not only will this help get any dust and other pollutants off the shutters, it can help moisturize them.
2. Moisturize the outside and inside portion of the shutters regularly. If you have a tendency to keep the shutters closed during the day to block out a significant portion of the sunlight, then that exterior portion of the shutter is going to be drying out much quicker than the interior portion. Make sure you keep these hydrated as much as possible. Again, using a damp cloth to wipe down the wood surface can do a lot to help keep it from cracking and becoming brittle.
3. Address any potential damage or problems with the components. If you notice that the slats are not closing properly, one appears to be off kilter, or the center bar is loose, repair it or have it repaired professionally as soon as possible. Even minor problems can become major ones relatively quickly when they aren’t addressed properly.
Plantation shutters are interior blinds traditionally made from broad slats of wood mounted in a solid frame. The design of plantation shutters promotes the free flow of air through a structure in a warm climate, while also creating shade to keep the interior of the structure cool. You may also hear plantation shutters referred to as louvres or jalousies, and they come in a range of shapes and sizes to conform with variously-shaped windows and doors.
A variety of materials can be used to create plantation shutters. They include plastic vinyl, medium density fiberboard (MDF), wood or synthetic materials. Plastic vinyl or MDF plantation shutters are the cheapest options, but they cannot be painted or stained. Wood plantation shutters are the most expensive but can be created in a variety of painted or stained colors. Shutters made out of synthetic materials are a mid-cost option and can only be painted.
So what is it about Plantation shutters that make them so popular?
There are quite a few reasons and it’s difficult to put them into any kind of order but the number one reason is very clear, that is they look great. Here I’ll list what I consider to be the top reasons for buying interior wooden shutters.
– Stylish Good Looks
– Added Security
– Better Light Control
– Insulation (from draughty windows)
– Sound Proofing (from road noise)
– Added Value (property value)
– Maintenance Free
– Fresh Air Without Draughts
Simple plantation shutters fill an entire window, with a rod in the middle of the shutter which can be used to open and close the blinds. Commonly, plantation shutters are hinged, so that they can be pulled all the way open for additional ventilation, and some come in sets of hinged panels which are folded across the window, allowing people to fold part of all of the shutter back, depending on their needs.
In this video on House & Home TV Online, see how our color-matched shutters help brings the design of this bistro kitchen together. This Kitchen is also featured in Kitchens & Baths 2012.
Have You Wondered How Wood Shutters Are Made?
Artistry and craftsmanship go into making wood shutters, which is why they are a great complement to any home. Unlike their vinyl counterparts, wood shutters are made by hand, measured and cut precisely to match your window’s size and shape.
First, a professional will measure the window and determine whether the shutters will be set inside the frame or outside of it. Next, the slats of the shutters are cut down and sanded to a smooth finish. From there, expert craftsmanship forges the frame and the slats are then aligned in precise formation within the frame to ensure that they open and close smoothly and overlap enough to block out light for privacy and insulation.
The shutters are stained or painted to specifications, depending on the requirements of the customer and the pieces are glued securely together, creating exquisite wood shutters that you will be proud to show off in your home.
There’s a reason why wood shutters are becoming increasingly popular during the past several years, even as vinyl shutters are becoming cheaper. There is no substitute for a natural look to one’s home. There’s no substitute for quality. Most importantly, there’s no substitute for handmade craftsmanship that you get when you have wood shutters custom made to fit your home.