USA: Plantation Shutters: Plantation Shutter Manufacturers
ABOUT PLANTATION SHUTTERS
Plantation Shutters are a type of interior shutter with multiple hinged panels of adjustable louvers. They provide a very flexible window covering. Plantation shutters can be opened right back to allow full view through the window; when closed they can be adjusted to provide the desired degree of shading and privacy. Plantation Shutters are available in wood, vinyl, and medium density fiberboard (MDF), with a wide variety of slat sizes. Wood shutters may be supplied unfinished, stained, or painted, in a range of standard and custom sizes.
LEADING USA MANUFACTURERS
The leading manufacturers, described below, have comprehensive websites, with information on all aspects, including online catalogs, colours and materials.
AGI Group. AGI Group, of Sarasota, Florida, is a leading manufacturer and retailer of wood and vinyl Plantation Shutters. Its product range comprises: Stock Faux Wood Shutters, Custom Faux Wood Shutters, Custom MDF Shutters, Do-it-yourself Wood Plantation Panels, Customer Wood Shutters, Custom PolyDesign Shutters, Bamboo Blinds, Shutter Hardware, and Louvered Room Dividers. Slat sizes range from 1-1/4 inch traditional slats, to 5-1/2 inch designer slats. The AGI Group website contains over 170 pages dedicated to interior shutters. Sections of the website cover: Shutter Comparisons, Shutter Components, Choosing the Right Size of Louver, Choosing the number of Shutter Panels for a window, Moldings, and Measuring for Shutters.
Custom Shutters. Plantation Shutters, based at Sulphur Springs, Texas, is a Christian family-owned company which has specialised in the manufacture and direct sale of custom shutters since 1979. All shutters are individually made to custom sizes, and are delivered within about four weeks. The shutters are made from premium grade North American Basswood, which resists movement or cracking. The website contains an online price estimator based on height and width of window, and a form for obtaining firm quotes. Standard plantation shutters are available with 2-1/2 inch louvers, cafe style, double hung, or full length, and Pure White, Golden Oak, or unfinished. Faux-wood plantation shutters are also available. These are based on a premium, solid composite wood core. The website has an Installation Guide, covering Inside Mount, Outside Mount, Inside Framed Mount, and Z Mount.
Horizon. Horizon is a leading supplier of window shutters including Plantation Shutters. The Horizon website contains sections on traditional style window shutters, plantation style window shutters, construction, finishes, prices, measuring, installation of window shutters, ordering, warranties and delivery. Horizon Shutters are made from North American Basswood. All louvers, stiles, rails, and tilt bars are made from one solid piece, with no finger-joints which may show through the finish. Shutters are available in 9 stain colors, and 13 paint colors. The Horizon Shutters website has several interesting features, including an interactive image enabling one to slide the louvers open and shut. There is also an interactive Virtual Room. This enables the customer to see the effect of various designs, colors, and finishes of plantation shutter.
Kestrel. Kestrel, based in Stowe, Pennsylvania, has been manufacturing interior and exterior shutters, including plantation designs, and doors since 1989. Their wood shutters, closet doors, and folding screen room dividers are made to order in the factory in Stowe. They are made from hardwood, joined with deep pocket mortise and tenon joints, which are pegged for greater durability. Product categories in the Kestrel website include: Exterior Shutters, Interior Shutters, Closet Doors, Louvered Doors, Board & Batten Shutters, Folding Screens, Plantation Design Shutters, Bifold Doors and Sliding Closet Doors. Sections of the Kestrel website include a photo gallery, a blog, and a set of customer testimonials. There is an online quote form for obtaining price quotations on plantation shutters. This covers size, number of shutter panels, and frame layout.
The Shutter Store. The Shutter Store, based in Las Vegas, Nevada, specialises in plantation shutters and interior wood shutters for windows. There are three main product ranges of plantation shutters: Classic, Designer, and Faux Wood. Classic designs are available in a wide range of stained and paint finishes, and with four choices of slat size: 1 7/8 inches, 2 1/2 inches, 3 1/2 inches, or 4 1/2 inches. The shutters may be full height, cafe style (covering only the lower part of the window), or with solid lower part and slats above. All shutters are custom made, and ship in 2 -3 weeks. The Shutter Store carries an exclusive range of designer shutters by Kelly Hoppen. There are online video guides covering design tips and ideas, measuring for shutters, and installation.
Tom's Quality Millwork. Tom's Quality Millwork, based in Ashford Wisconsin, is a family owned and operated manufacturer of hardwoods which has been active since 1985. Starting with a 2,000 square foot facility, the plant has now grown to over 300,000 square foot. In addition to plantation shutter parts, the product range includes surfaced four sides lumber, moldings, wainscoting, beadboard, jambs, and stair parts. Available timbers include oak, mpale, and poplar. Shutter component parts are shipped worldwide by truckload or containers. The shutter component parts are manufactured to withstand the heat and humidity of kitchens and bathrooms, and will not crack, warp, fade, or peel over time in rooms with direct sunlight. Only American grown hardwoods are used.
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