Choosing the right style of plantation shutters
This is worth taking some time over so that all aspects of a design or style are clearly appreciated. Just because a shape or style looks attractive does not mean it is appropriate for the type of window to be covered, and some designs work better in specific rooms, and with particular types of window, than others, so it is worth talking to an expert.
For example, plantation shutters in a kitchen will absorb cooking smells and moisture, so a more appropriate choice would be waterproof ones. These are available in a number of attractive finishes.
Those experienced at DIY may feel comfortable about measuring up for plantation shutters, and as long as the manufacturer’s exact requirements are understood this should not be a problem, although in many ways it is preferable to allow the supplier to do this.
This is certainly the case in relation to more elaborate windows, such as a bay or a half-moon. These can be tricky to get right and if a window professional does the measuring, this protects the homeowner against any mistakes that may be made so that they will not be liable if a shutter has to be remade.
The professional will also be able to discuss what will work best on various types of window, and explain what needs to be done in terms of installation.
Considering quality and cost
Good quality plantation shutters will last for many years, so it is worth making sure the outlay is on this type of shutter rather than ones that may appear to be cheaper but will need to be replaced after a relatively short time.
The key to this is researching the products available, finding out more about the sorts of wood and other materials they can be made from, and where they are constructed. Some countries have a poor reputation for the safety of their workforces in certain industries, so asking the question about overseas working conditions, if shutters are coming from abroad, shows an informed interest in how the product is sourced.