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Old 02-26-2015, 08:39 AM
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We got the Norman plantation shutter in white. It is not wood, but you can't really tell the difference with a white shutter. It looks like wood, has a thickness of wood and a weight of wood, without any of the downsides of wood (warping, splitting, drying). If you are looking for what would be a painted wood look (white, off white), you are better off not using real wood for your shutters in this humid climate.

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Thank you, dbussone and waverunner, for getting me past my wood vs. vinyl angst. It had not dawned on me that wood in these windows and Florida heat might not be the best combination.

Sometimes I can be oblivious to the obvious.

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Thank you, dbussone and waverunner, for getting me past my wood vs. vinyl angst. It had not dawned on me that wood in these windows and Florida heat might not be the best combination.

Sometimes I can be oblivious to the obvious.
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Old 03-03-2015, 08:26 AM
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Thanks to the good advice here in this thread, I am over the idea of plantation shutters made of wood.

But I want the shutters to have the look of painted wood. Any suggestions for brands?

Also, I realize there will be some trade-off of light with the living room windows going from blinds to shutters, but what percentage of light will be lost?

I really like the look of plantation shutters. There is something so Florida about them. But I have never bought them before. Any advice is welcome. Thank you.
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Old 03-03-2015, 10:46 AM
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We got the Norman brand of plantation shutters from Blinds Plus Shutters. They will bring samples. I don't show if any of these vendors has an actual showroom, but, if so, you may be able to see more examples. The Norman shutter is smooth and has a low sheen. The thickness of the slats and the panels look like painted wood, but there are no brushstrokes or wood grain patterns that show through. The moldings are similar in smoothness to your baseboard and door moldings in your home.

I personally would not worry about losing light as they are very good at keeping light out and very adjustable to let light in. We even got the option where the top slats are adjustable separately from the bottom slats, so I frequently just open the top to let light in and this allow privacy at the bottom.
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We got the Norman brand of plantation shutters from Blinds Plus Shutters. They will bring samples. I don't show if any of these vendors has an actual showroom, but, if so, you may be able to see more examples. The Norman shutter is smooth and has a low sheen. The thickness of the slats and the panels look like painted wood, but there are no brushstrokes or wood grain patterns that show through. The moldings are similar in smoothness to your baseboard and door moldings in your home.

I personally would not worry about losing light as they are very good at keeping light out and very adjustable to let light in. We even got the option where the top slats are adjustable separately from the bottom slats, so I frequently just open the top to let light in and this allow privacy at the bottom.

Thank you, Waverunner,

I don't know what I was thinking. But the look you describe is exactly what I want.

The house we bought already had plantation shutters for the front windows. I just took a closer look at those and the slats are like yours. I like them. I also like the bottom/top separate adjustment you describe. My front shutters do not have that. But that works OK there because there is an arch above that lets in light.

I have been staring at those windows on either side of the television since we moved in and now, because of the nice answers in this thread, I finally know what to do.
We love ours also
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Old 03-03-2015, 04:33 PM
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