A plantation shutter is a solid and stable window covering usually consisting of a frame of vertical stiles and horizontal rails (top, centre and bottom). Set within this frame can be louvers (both operable or fixed, horizontal or vertical), solid panels, fabric, glass and most any other item that can be mounted within a frame. Shutters may be employed for a variety of reasons, including controlling the amount of sunlight that enters a room, to provide privacy, security, to protect against weather or unwanted intrusion or damage and to enhance the aesthetics of a building.
Depending on the application, and the construction of the window frame, shutters can be mounted to fit within the opening or to overlap the opening. The term window shutter includes both interior shutters, used on the inside of a house or building, and exterior shutters, used on the outside of a structure. Full height shutters can be made with a horizontal divider rail which separates the upper and lower portions.
Interior shutters are typically divided into narrow units hinged accordion-style so that two or more units cover each side of a window opening when closed. Operated by the change in direction of the louvers or slats, controlled by a tilt bar or rod to adjust the position and keep them in a consistent position, to control light, visibility and airflow, they are very useful window coverings. There are multiple shutter options and styles such as traditional, California, or plantation shutters. Plantation shutters, typical of warmer climates like Texas, Florida, and other warm climates, typically have only two shutters per window and wide louver blades.
Other interior shutters use stationary louvers that do not rotate (fixed louvers); solid raised or flat panels; fabric inserts; or tinted glass. Shutters can be configured in a single tier unit that has one shutter top to bottom of a window opening as well as multiple tiers.
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