Frequently Asked Questions

What are the parts of a plantation shutter called?

Eclipse Shutters are comprised of 5 main components:
  1. Louvers
  2. Tilt Bar
  3. Top and bottom rails
  4. Divider rail (personal preference)
  5. Frame
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 on the front of the shutter (usually centered), or hidden in the rear if using the Clearview® hidden rear tilt system. Either way, it controls how you open and close the shutters.  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 is 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. A divider rail is a personal preference and is not required unless the opening of your window is taller than 50 inches. The Frame surrounds the shutter and finishes off the decorative look of the window.

What colors do Eclipse Shutters come in?

Eclipse Shutters are offered in three neutral color choices to enhance any décor: Cotton, Pearl, and Vanilla.

Cotton is our most popular color, while Pearl and Vanilla offer warmer tones to your interior design. All three colors are now offered in our NEW! UltraSatin finish, a revolutionary technology for Eclipse Shutters that successfully achieves the look of a premium painted shutter. Eclipse Shutters with UltraSatin finish bring elegance to any interior with the soft, matte luster of freshly painted wood and will always look as luxurious as the day they were installed.

Our hinges are available in Cotton, Pearl, Brass and Stainless Steel to match your preferred shutter color.

What is the difference between one louver size and another?

Louvered shutters 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 are Eclipse Shutters cleaned?

Unlike wood products, it's incredibly easy to clean and care for Eclipse Shutters. When needed, simply wet a soft cloth with water and wipe the plantation shutter panels until they are free from dust. 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 resist the growth of mildew and mold making them the perfect choice for kitchens, bathrooms and even nurseries.

How long does it take to manufacture Eclipse Shutters?

Our custom plantation shutter fabricators listed in the markets on our 7-Day Production page are committed to producing your standard custom shutter orders within 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.
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