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Wood Blinds vs. Shutters: Which One to Choose?

We understand that your home is your sanctuary. It makes sense that you want your window treatments to reflect your love for your living space. At Naples Shutter, we can help you upgrade your windows with wood blinds or shutters.

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Pros & Cons of Plantation Shutters

When choosing window treatments, no two homes are the same. What may work for one home or family may not work so great in another. So with all of the options to choose from, how do you know what’s best for you? Plantation shutters are perhaps one of the most popular options to choose from, but they’re not always the right choice for everybody.

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Say What?! Common Plantation Shutter Lingo

So you’ve chosen the hidden tilt premium wood plantation shutter with the option for a midrail, painted in SW 7006. The installer will have to final measure and pre-miter the frames before he comes out to your house, where he will teach you about louver tension, and….

Wait, what?

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Help! My Plantation Shutters are Broken! Can they be Fixed?

Plantation shutters are an investment.  As the apex predator of window treatments, shutters add incredible value to your home and usually stick around for decades.  So, when a plantation shutter gets broken or damaged (don’t panic, it happens), what do you do?  Ignore it?  No.  Throw it out?  Of course not.  Duct tape?  Please, no, we are begging you. 

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Top 10 Questions to Ask Before You Buy Plantation Shutters

After manufacturing and selling plantation shutters for over 30 years, we here at Naples Shutter have learned a thing or two.  We’ve seen it all, done it all, and helped thousands of people just like you decide on the perfect plantation shutters for their home.  But, since this may be your first time considering these timeless window treatments, we’ve compiled a list of the most common questions people ask.  Read these popular questions and get a jump start on your quest for plantation shutters.

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Building a Home? Pay Attention to Window Treatments

The other day I was talking to Bill Earls, a top real estate professional in Naples, and he said I should be extremely busy at Naples Shutter with all the new building going on.  I told Bill that we are busier but, with all the new building going on, builders are limiting the options for new clients and installing 2” faux wood blinds on the windows instead of plantation shutters.  Bill said if people would step back and upgrade to plantation shutters over blinds they would benefit from the beauty of the shutters every day and recoup the upgrade cost when they sell their home in the future.

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Do Wood Plantation Shutters Really Warp?

Many people who walk into our showroom at Naples Shutter announce, “I’m here to purchase poly composite plantation shutters because my friend told me that wood shutters warp.”  While we joyfully welcome clients that have done their homework and know what they want, we would like to take a minute to de-bunk this common myth.

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If you have plantation shutters, you already know about their superior beauty and functionality.  But, you may experience a time when the shutter louvers don’t stay in the desired position.  You open them, they fall closed.  Or, the opposite may be true when the louvers feel very difficult to move and you’re afraid you may break them by forcing them too hard.  Well don’t worry; this is a normal occurrence that is quickly solved using just a screwdriver.

What Happens To Your Plantation Shutters

Over the course of time, the wood in the plantation shutters can slightly expand and contract depending on temperature, humidity and other factors.  This is normal.  The change affects the way the moving parts of the shutter fit together.  When we change the tightness of the louvers, this is called adjusting the “louver tension.” Here’s how to do it:

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7 Steps to Plantation Shutters Care & Maintenance

With a little bit of care and maintenance, your plantation shutters will provide a lifetime of beauty and carefree operation.  Follow these guidelines to keep your shutters looking and working like new for years to come.


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Okay, after much shopping, deliberation, perusing magazines, consulting your friends and perhaps negotiating with your spouse, you have decided on plantation shutters for your window treatments.  Congratulations!  Now comes the hard part…where will you buy them?  So many choices.  Do I choose the cheapest?   The most expensive?  The company my friend used?  A big box store?  An online company?  Here are some pointers to help you through the process.


Do you know someone with plantation shutters?  Ask them specifics about their experience such as:
  • how smooth the installation went
  • how costly they were
  • were they satisfied with the quality?
  • have there been any malfunctions?
  • have they called for service, and did they receive good follow up service?
Your friends and neighbors are the best source of which plantation shutter manufacturers to consider and which to avoid!  We feel lucky that most of our new customers at Naples Shutter are referred by a friend.


Buying plantation shutters is a process and usually takes several visits, phone calls and conversations, so choose a company that gives you a good vibe.  Look for a clean, attractive showroom (although you may never get there if all meetings take place at your home).  Choose a sales representative that you like – this person is also your window designer and needs to understand your tastes to help you choose the correct applications.  Find a company with a good reputation and a good track record.  The last thing you want to do is write a check and then cross your fingers that you’re not getting swindled.


Plantation shutters are a major investment in your home, so top quality is imperative.  Let me tell you why.  CHEAP SHUTTERS WILL BREAK.  GOOD QUALITY SHUTTERS WILL NOT.  If the shutter company cannot show you that their products are manufactured in a state of the art facility using 3-dowel construction, extra-long staples, and top quality primer and paint, RUN!  You’d be amazed how many of the companies advertising shutters make them in someone’s garage or storage unit using substandard materials and the wrong equipment.

Please, please, please buy plantation shutters directly from the manufacturer!  If you buy custom shutters from a big box store, guess what?  They are not made by the store, they are made by a plantation shutter manufacturer that might be in the next county or might be in China.  Guess who will be able to service these shutters if you ever have problems?  Probably nobody.  You don’t want to risk that.

If you are considering buying shutters online and installing them yourself, I only recommend that to people who consider themselves to be expert trim carpenters or know an expert trim carpenter with experience installing shutters.  Even then, you want to consider how the online company handles problems and follow up service.  Ask a lot of questions.


Sorry to repeat myself, but CHEAP SHUTTERS WILL BREAK.  GOOD QUALITY SHUTTERS WILL NOT.  I run the Customer Service department at Naples Shutter, and part of what we offer is repairing shutters that we didn’t make.  Let me tell you, I’ve seen some terrible shutters out there!  It’s shameful what some companies are selling.  Inferior wood that warps, cheap plastic connectors, shutters that come apart at the corners, ugh!  And where are those companies now?  Out of business.  What is their warranty worth now?  Zippo.  Be sure you find out what will be covered by your warranty if anything should go wrong.
Let’s face it, though.  It’s possible, maybe even likely, that your shutters will need some follow up service.  I get calls all the time about oops situations.  Here are my favorites: 
  • My dog chewed on the louvers!
  • My husband keeps hanging his pants on the shutters and knocked out the louvers!
  • My son drove a golf cart through the window and ruined the shutters!
Those are extreme, but there are more normal situations, too, like wanting to change the paint color, louvers not staying open, or a staple coming out of the tilt rod.  Does the plantation shutter manufacturer have a service team who can handle these requests?  Will you have to wait six weeks for an appointment?  When you want service, you want it now, right?


Go through your contract line by line and make sure that all of your windows and doors are properly represented.  Check for:
  • number of panels in each opening
  • louver size
  • options such as hidden tilt rods
  • paint color


If you made it through the process and feel great about your decision, you will be able to sit back, relax, and count the days until your beautiful new plantation shutters arrive. 
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