Most homeowners get very anxious when it comes to installing plantation shutters because this can seem like a very difficult and expensive task. Contrary to popular belief, learning how to easily install plantation blinds can be simple and inexpensive, especially with careful planning and today’s modern tools and techniques.
Plantation blinds come in a variety of options and colors ranging from engineered wood, unfinished, and natural, with products stained or painted in a variety of colors. Unfinished plantation shutters can be painted or finished as desired by the owners. All that is needed is to choose the desired product and follow simple instructions to install it.
Step 1: placing hanging strips
Plantation blinds have a hanging strip at each end that is attached to the wall around the window. Carefully place a planting blind against the window, level, center and mark the location of the hanging strips. Next, separate the plantation blind from the hanging strip.
Place the hanging strip against the wall where it was previously marked and attach it to the wall. This can be done with wood screws, or if necessary, drilling holes and inserting plastic inserts into the holes to accommodate the screws to hold the hanging strip.
Step 2: Check Blind Placement
Insert the hinge pins into the strips used to hang the planting strips and carefully check the alignment. Check the level placement of the plantation shutters as well. The planting blinds should be well aligned, but if necessary, the hinges can be slightly modified for minor adjustments. To make minor adjustments, open the shutters wide, place a thin piece of hardwood between the hinge flap, and then close the shutter.
To make more than a small adjustment, it may be necessary to remove the hanging strips from the plug, fill the holes with silicone compound, and realign the hanging strips by drilling new holes. Proceed by hanging all of the plantation shutters, in the same manner, making sure to check alignment, level, and fit as each shutter is hung in place.
Step 3: Install the shutter hardware
Once all the plantation blinds have been installed, check the alignment and ease of movement of all the blinds. They should fit comfortably and move easily. When you are satisfied with the movement and fit, install magnetic clasps and the loop ring to secure the blinds. These should also fit well and move easily, securing the plantation shutters in the closed position.
Step 4: Adjusting the louvers
It may be necessary to adjust the shade of the plantation shade to allow ease of movement and stability of the shades in any position, especially to stay in a position that prevents the sun from shining into the room. Each plantation shutter must be equipped with a set of adjusting screws to allow the tension of the blinds to be adjusted.
Begin by slowly tightening the tension adjusting screws until the desired tension is reached. Make sure to adjust the tension on each side of the plantation blinds. The louvers should move freely, but with some restraint so that they do not open or close when the plantation blinds are opened or closed.
All about the different types of plantation shutters
Plantation shutters, sometimes called plantation shutters, are interior shutters with wide louvers, usually 3-1 / 2 to 4-1 / 2 inches wide. They are the most popular type of shutter across the country, but particularly in the warmer southern and western states.
Larger blinds give blinds an elegant look, which works well in dining rooms and bedrooms. But these versatile window treatments translate to casual rooms like kitchens and kitchens, too. The most popular color is white, but stained blinds also have their followers.
Plantation blinds come in three types of material, vinyl, composite, and wood. Here’s a breakdown of each, to help you determine which one is best for your home.
Vinyl plantation shutters
Vinyl blinds are the cheapest of the plantations, but low-end ones can have structural problems if the blinds are large.
Vinyl blinds do not contain wood but can have PVC or aluminum supports for added stability. Its main advantage is cost. They are also weather-resistant and good in high humidity areas. Vinyl plantation blinds come in the following types:
Hollow Vinyl – These blinds are exactly what they sound like – hollow vinyl frames. They have the benefits of vinyl but have size limitations because the hollow frame cannot support the weight of the larger frames. While these are the least expensive options, they can sink over time.
Structured Hollow Vinyl – The next step includes a vinyl skeleton inside the shutters to support the weight of the shutter, reducing the amount of sag in the vinyl. Even considered hollow, they have better structural integrity.
Solid Vinyl – Next, the shutter food chain is solid vinyl, which is a vinyl frame that has been filled with blown PVC. These are more stable than hollow shutters and are still at a low cost. Solid Vinyl with an Aluminum Insert – Offers the metal bracket with a lighter profile.
Vinyl-Sided Wood – These shutters have a vinyl-wrapped hardwood frame. They offer the strength and durability of wood with the benefits of a vinyl coating, which increases its resistance to humidity.
Plantation composite shutters
Composite plantation shutters (sometimes called motor wood, faux wood, or faux wood) are made from engineered wood, which is MDF wrapped in vinyl or PVC siding. They are very resistant, in addition to being resistant to weather and humidity. They offer an affordable alternative to wood blinds.
Wood plantation shutters
The last shutter is a true wooden shutter, and the gold standard for plantation shutters is the frame. It has the highest strength-to-weight ratio, which makes it very light and strong.
Wood can be polished to custom shapes and sizes, and it can be painted or stained, unlike vinyl and composite material, which are pre-made in styles and colors.
Plantation shutters are a beautiful, affordable window treatment, and whether you choose vinyl, composite, or wood, these classic siding will add style to your home for years to come.
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