Frequently Asked Questions
Plantation shutters look beautiful in various interior window treatment applications. Prior to deciding on what shutter will look best, read some frequently asked questions people have about plantation shutters.
Why are plantation shutters so popular?
Shutters have long been a popular option for window coverings because they offer so many benefits:
- Sophisticated and classic look
- Easily controlled light and ventilation
- Can provide more privacy than curtains or blinds while still allowing light and air in
- Incredibly easy to maintain
- Increase home value and curb appeal
What are the parts of a plantation shutter called?
A shutter is comprised of 5 main components:
- Louvers are the blades of the shutters, and come in sizes ranging from 2 1/2 to 4 1/2 inches
- The Tilt-Bar can be in the front, middle of the shutter, or hidden in the rear if using the clearview system. Either way, it controls how open the shutters are.
- The Top and Bottom Rails outline the shutters and contain the louvers between them.
- The Divider Rail runs through the center of some shutters, depending on size. When there's a divider rail, the top and bottom louvers operate independently of each other allowing for the top to be open and the bottom closed, for example.
- The Frame surrounds the shutter and finishes off the decorative look of the window.
What plantation shutter louver sizes do Eclipse Shutters come in?
Louvers for Eclipse Shutters are available in 2 1/2 inches, 3 1/2 inches and 4 1/2 inches.
What colors do Eclipse Shutters come in?
Eclipse Shutters are available in a range of neutral shades that can fit in any type of decor.
Cotton: Our most popular color and our brightest white.
Pearl: Our version of off-white.
Vanilla: Our version of cream.
Sandstone: Introduced in 2008, our newest and darkest shade. It is a sandy-colored hue that adds drama and sophistication to any room.
What is the difference between one louver size and another?
Louvers for Eclipse Shutters are available in 2 1/2 inches, 3 1/2 inches and 4 1/2 inches. The wider the louver, the wider the space between louvers will be when they're fully open. Louvers measuring 3 1/2 inches provide 56% greater visibility than their smaller counterparts. Similarly, the 4 1/2 inch louvers known as plantation shutters provide a view that's 108% more clear than the 2 1/2 inch louvers.
How do I move plantation shutter blades?
Eclipse Shutters have two options for moving the louvers. Traditional plantation shutters use a tilt-bar that runs down the center of each shutter to easily adjust how open the louvers are and allows them to be tightly closed in either direction. Eclipse Shutters are also available in Clearview®, which means they're equipped with hidden rear tilt-bars. Clearview® shutters are just as easy to open and close, but have a completely unobstructed view.
How are Eclipse Shutters cleaned?
Unlike other wood products, it's incredibly easy to clean and care for your Eclipse Shutters. When needed, simply wet a soft cloth with water and wipe the plantation shutter panels with the damp rag. They can also be cleaned with a mild soap, though not with lemon oil or furniture polish. Since Eclipse Shutters are non-porous, these plantation shutters won't mildew or mold.
How long does it take to manufacture Eclipse Shutters?
The custom plantation shutter fabricators in the markets listed on eclipseshutters.com are committed to producing your standard* custom shutter orders within seven (7) business days from the date your confirmed order is received and processed for production. Actual delivery and freight times are not included in the seven (7) business days.
Be sure to contact your shutter fabricator for specific details.
*Specialty shutters are not included in the seven (7) business day production. Specialty shutters include but may not be limited to: All Arch Shapes, Double Hung, By-Pass, Bi-fold, Bay Windows, Corner Windows, French Doors and Cafe Style. Any large orders should be confirmed with the fabricator for the seven (7) business day production.
How long does it take to get plantation shutters installed?
Depending on the size of your home and the location of your shutters, they can usually be installed in a matter of hours and at most a full day.
How are the plantation shutters installed?
Eclipse Shutters can be easily installed by the dealer/designer from whom you bought the shutters from, the homeowner, or a professional installation company.
What type of warranty does Eclipse Shutters offer?
Eclipse Shutters are designed to last and are unconditionally guaranteed for 25 years.
How long do Eclipse Shutters last?
Eclipse Shutters are built to last. Only the Eclipse Shutter has a warranty that covers 25 years, but they can last a lifetime when properly cared for.
Can I move plantation shutters from house to house?
No. Shutters are custom made to your window measurements, so they're not meant to move with you.
Do plantation shutters increase the value of a home?
Plantation Shutters help in two ways. They increase the curb-appeal on any home and likely increase the number of people who will consider purchasing. It's also been estimated that they will increase your homes appraisal value by several percentage points.
How much are plantation shutters going to cost?
Plantation shutters add value to your home and will make you and your family far more comfortable. They average about $350 per window. It is difficult to estimate large or specialty shaped windows, so it's best to call your dealer or designer and have them measure these for you for an accurate estimate.
How do I contact a dealer to buy Eclipse Shutters?
To find a dealer, please contact us and we will provide you with a listing of dealers in your area.