Planting shutters are becoming a popular and effective way of adding a stylish new look to your home. They are both functional and attractive.
Parts of a plantation component
Traditional planting shutters have a rather simple design. The plantation shutters are normally made up of a set of full length vertical panels, and can be divided into four main parts:
The horizontal slats found on the top and bottom of the shutter are called the rails and # 39 ;. Some plantation shutters may also contain one or more horizontal rails in the center of the shutter, dividing the plantation shutter into distinct levels.
Located on the sides of the shutter, are vertical uprights.
& Louvers & # 39; are the parallel slats found between the uprights, which are able to be sloped and adjusted to allow in more or less light. The louvers can be made in a number of different sizes and shapes.
The tilt bar & # 39; is the mechanism that controls the movement of the shutters. These also come in a variety of styles.
Where do the plantation shutters come from?
Shutters have been used for many centuries. Some experts claim that they were used as far back as ancient Greece, with slats being made of marble slabs. They were used before the glass was available, to provide protection against the elements, such as rain, wind and direct heat from the sun's rays. They also effectively protect against insects and small animals entering the building. The actual function of the shutters was appreciated when these elements and pests were passed, and the shutters could be opened, allowing a cool sunlight and a cool breeze to ventilate the facility.
Many old houses in the South have found the beauty and practicality of these shutters, incorporating them into the design of the decadent mansions found in the plantations of Old South. The term "plantation component" has been derived from these applications. These shutters have seen remarkably few configurations since these early times.
Modern Planting Shutters
Today, plantation shutters come in a wide range of sizes, styles and materials. They can be found worldwide, in all home styles. Most are made of hardwoods such as poplar or bass and can have a number of finishes to add architectural appeal to residential and commercial properties. Planting shutters made of rich wood such as cherry, oak, mahogany or walnut are exceptionally attractive.
Planting shutters can be used individually or interconnected to cover multiple windows, or a large one. Many plantation shutter manufacturers allow you to have custom shutters to your specifications to add a unique look to your home and make a design statement.
The louvers of today still offer the many amenities that previous generations have found so useful. Planting shutters are fully adjustable to allow more or less light, offer privacy, and may even have insulation benefits.