There are generally two names that are used to describe the large slat style shutters that are commonly found in southern U.S. homes. They might be referred to as Southern plantation shutters or California shutters. The origination of these shutters, and their uses were practical in the 19th and early part of the 20th century.
They are now used for aesthetic purposes and are increasingly popular among Toronto homeowners.
The origination of plantation shutters.
In the South United States, much of the economy was driven by crops. Cotton, corn, wheat, and other items were in high demand and that helped to bring about plantations across the southern states. These states were exposed to a lot of severe weather threats including severe thunderstorms, hurricanes, and tornadoes.
The glass on these homes was a lead-based glass, which was a lot less durable and more fragile than today’s windows. As a result, homeowners wanted a way to protect them, and the inside of their homes, during serious storms. Thus the rise of plantation shutters.
During the Gold Rush in California and in the following decades, as more people migrated to the state, they realized that the Southern California sun was intense and it made staying cool a major challenge.
Plantation shutters were viewed as a great way to keep the windows closed during the hottest parts of the day, which help to make it more comfortable for the homeowners.
Today there are more advances in technology that have made the need for plantation shutters obsolete. However, the appeal of interior shutters continues to be strong, especially for people across Toronto and throughout Canada.
Interior shutters provide an incredible interior design option and plantation shutters are often considered the best of the best.
If you want to view some plantation shutters or even see how they could benefit your home or family, visit Canada Custom Shutters. You can view samples and see just how they look and then imagine how they could benefit your home as well.