When styling your home’s interior, you may be planning to accent your windows with indoor shutters. Shutters are available in a variety of styles and materials. Among the most popular for indoor window accents are plantation shutters. Plantation shutters lend an uplifting and charming effect to any room in the home. Colorado Shade and Shutter specializes in a wide variety of plantation shutters, so we have lots of tips on how to maintain the appearance and functionality of your new plantation shutters.

Plantation shutters consist of a series of horizontal slats which overlay a vertical support. This vertical component can shift upward or downward in order to open and close the shutters, allowing more or less light to enter the room. Though the mechanism isn’t complicated, it is essential to the functionality of your plantation shutters. Internal moving slats should be lightly oiled. Additionally, it’s important to occasionally inspect the hinges which attach your plantation shutters to the windows. These routine checks will help prevent wear and tear.

Plantation shutters are available in a variety of materials—ranging from wood to flexible polymer or faux laminate wood. Wooden plantation shutters require more maintenance than shutters made from other materials. Wood polish may be applied on a weekly basis. Additional measures may be needed to prevent sun bleaching or warping, if the wood becomes exposed to high temperatures or humidity levels. Polymer shutters are typically more resistant to the elements and may only require occasional dusting, followed by a wipe-down with a disinfectant.

If your shutters become damaged and no longer open or close properly, are warped or exhibiting signs of mold, mildew or other wear and tear, don’t hesitate to contact a professional installer. You should remove the defective shutters and have them replaced as soon as possible to prevent damage to your window frame and surrounding wall.

Colorado Shade and Shutter prides itself on offering a vast selection of window accents to the Denver metro area. Our shutters add charm to the interior of any home or office, and our selection of styles guarantees that there are options available for every aesthetic goal. Moreover, we value the functionality and quality of our unique shutters. For more tips regarding shutter maintenance or installation, check out our regularly updated blog. In the Denver area and have questions? Contact us here.