Plantation shutters are a common and effective way to give your home a modern, elegant look. They are both useful and appealing.Have a look at plantation shutters for more info on this.
Plantation shutter components
The design of conventional plantation shutters is very basic. Plantation shutters are usually comprised of a series of full-length vertical panels that are divided into four sections:
The ‘rails’ are the horizontal slats that run over the top and bottom of the shutter. One or two horizontal rails may be present in the middle of some plantation shutters, separating the plantation shutter into different levels.
Vertical’stiles’ run down the sides of the shutter.
The parallel slats located between the stiles are known as ‘louvres,’ and they can be tilted and balanced to let in more or less light. Louvers are available in a range of sizes and forms.
The system that governs the louvre movement is known as the ’tilt rod.’ They are available in a number of models as well.
Single tilt rods consist of a single vertical rod that links and controls all of the louvres at the same time.
A tilt rod that has been broken into individual parts is known as a split tilt rod. This allows for independent control of multiple levels on a single shutter screen, such as changing the top tier to let in more light while leaving the louvres on a lower tier closed for protection.
The apparatus can be shielded behind the shutter panel due to hidden tilt rods.
What is the origin of plantation shutters?
Shutters have been around for hundreds of years. According to some scholars, they were first seen in ancient Greece, with slats consisting of marble slabs. They were used to provide cover from the elements, such as rain, wind, and intense heat from the sun’s rays, before glass was available. They were also successful at keeping rodents and small animals out of the house. When these elements and pests left, and the shutters could be opened, allowing fresh sunshine and a cool wind to ventilate the establishment, the true function of the shutters was understood.
The simplicity and practicality of these shutters were noticed by many old Southern homeowners, and they were introduced into the architecture of the decadent mansions found on plantations in the Old South. These implementations give rise to the term “plantation shutter.”
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