Plantation shutters, which are blinds made of wood (classic Venetian blinds) are by far the most elegant horizontal blinds. The natural beauty and warmth of wood are incomparable, in any place, office, or restaurant. Their special style and quality place them at the top of the requests of people with good taste and financial possibilities.
How Much Does It Cost To Install Plantation Shutters?
If you want to install plantation shutters, you should be prepared to spend anywhere between $320 and $470 per window. This estimate includes the labor costs which are around $110 per window and the cost of the shutters which are anywhere between $210 and $360 per window.
The cost to install the plantation shutters is affected by some factors such as the size and number of windows, the contractor you choose, and the material these are made of. For instance, plantation shutters made of wood cost more than $210 per window, while faux wood shutters cost $80 to more than $270 per window.
Plantation shutters installation costs may include several visits to make measurements and then perform the installation itself.
Plantation shutters overview
The first blinds were made in the United States in the 18th century, but they did not gain mass distribution until a hundred years later. The development of modern technologies allowed manufacturers to produce them from cheaper materials – plastic, aluminum, and fabrics, but they have not been able to replace the classic wooden samples, which never lose their relevance.
Wooden blinds can be made with slat widths of 1 or 2 inches. The wood from which they are made is treated against moisture and mold and thanks to the special varnishes used in the treatment of the wood, they have a long resistance against UV rays, being very difficult for them to discolor or deform.
Wooden slats come in a wide range of colors and textures, from deep mahogany to oak. A variety of features is available, such as decorative accent tape that helps match the blind with upholstery and other textile elements. They can be made to order to fit the dimensions of the window, with narrower slats for smaller windows, and wider ones for larger windows.
The actuation system of these horizontal wooden blinds is provided with an automatic cord lock, and a wooden rod is used to rotate the slats. The mechanism is in a metal rail, which is covered by a wooden mask in the color of the slats.
Horizontal wooden blinds with a width of 2 inches can also be made with automatic operation. Operating the blinds may be possible with the help of a switch or a remote control device. In order to install an electric blind, a 220v power source is needed for them to be powered.
Types and features
Venetian blinds are classified into two main groups.
Vertical models, which are similar to conventional curtains but with more functionality, regulate the flow of sunlight by simply turning the slats. They add volume, creating the illusion of room height. With the help of such blinds, you can close not only a window but also a wall with a balcony door. Most often used in residential buildings.
Horizontal – construction with the “ladder” system limits the flow of light using a special device. Such models visually expand the space and look good in narrow rooms. They are the most suitable for decorating offices, giving them elegance.
Important things to consider
Their maintenance is done in the same way as for ordinary furniture: they are dusted with a special solution with antistatic properties. It is important to remember that these blinds are not recommended for spaces with high humidity.
Plantation shutter systems (external blinds) give homeowners greater control over the amount of light entering a room, a feature that is especially useful for occasions when rooms need to be darkened. Some blinds are designed to block all light, offering a blackout effect, perfect for daytime sleeping places, workspaces, and cinemas.
With an additional layer of insulation, blinds effectively reduce heating and cooling costs, reducing heat loss through the windows. Blinds also protect against ultraviolet rays emitted by the sun, which can cause damage to the color of interior goods.
How can I save money?
You may be able to save around $110 per window if you choose to install the plantation shutters yourself. Though, this is available only for the installation process and does not include the necessary measurements and preparations.