Style Your Home With Decorative Plantation Shutters

Written by John Beker

Choosing plantation shutters for form or function? Plantation shutters offer both to today’s homeowner. These unique window treatments trace their roots to ancient Greece. The Greeks used them for both privacy and security. Interior shutters were used to close windows. Along with imposing columns, shutters are hallmarks of Classical Greek Architecture. This ancient order and form in building design later influenced buildings and architecture throughoutrepparttar Western world.

Beforerepparttar 141009 widespread use of glass, shutters were used to close windows. They were used to protectrepparttar 141010 interior ofrepparttar 141011 house fromrepparttar 141012 weather and from intruders as well as provide privacy. They could be opened to allow sunlight and fresh air intorepparttar 141013 building or home.

Elements of Greek architecture are seen in many buildings and homes fromrepparttar 141014 late 18th century,repparttar 141015 19th century andrepparttar 141016 early 20th century inrepparttar 141017 United States. It was especially prevalent in banks, office buildings and many public and government buildings. The plantation mansions ofrepparttar 141018 old South borrowed heavily onrepparttar 141019 architecture ofrepparttar 141020 Greeks. The antebellum mansions ofrepparttar 141021 great plantations from South Carolina torepparttar 141022 western edge of Mississippi borrowed heavily fromrepparttar 141023 building concepts ofrepparttar 141024 Greeks. A number of these grand old mansions have been restored and preserved at Natchez, Mississippi.

Just as didrepparttar 141025 ancient Greeks, plantation owners used shutters for both their beauty and their function. By closingrepparttar 141026 windows in this manner, these homeowners were able to add a level of security to their homes. This was important because inrepparttar 141027 era beforerepparttar 141028 Civil War,repparttar 141029 agricultural areas ofrepparttar 141030 South were only sparsely populated. Plantations were largely isolated. Plantations were also symbols of wealth, making them targets for bands of robbers. There was alsorepparttar 141031 potential of attack from revolting slaves.

Times have changed and today’s homeowners use shutters primarily for their beauty or form rather than for security.

What are plantation shutters?

Plantation shutters are louvered interior shutters. They coverrepparttar 141032 entire window. They are most often made from wood, although modern materials including PVC and vinyl are also being used with growing acceptance. The shutters are hinged and can be opened or closed and latched. In addition to swinging open, some models have moveable louvers that can be opened and closed. Other models have stationary louvers. There is great flexibility in being able to partially or completely openrepparttar 141033 shutters and/or partially or completely openrepparttar 141034 louvers. This allows tremendous control in directingrepparttar 141035 inflow of outside air as well as sunlight.

Typicallyrepparttar 141036 panels of plantation shutters range from 15 inches to 36 inches wide. Louvers are available in several widths, ranging from 1-3/4 inches wide to 4-1/2 inches wide, appealing to different tastes and fitting with a variety of decors. The width ofrepparttar 141037 louver has a practical application as well as aesthetic. The widerrepparttar 141038 louver,repparttar 141039 more air or sunlight will be allowed to filter through. These shutters are often used in series. Rooms with a number of windows, several adjacent windows or large picture windows look especially good with plantation shutter window treatment.

Pine is frequently used in construction of hurricane shutters as well. Contractors and do-it-yourselfers can find them both pre-finished and unfinished. Unfinished allowsrepparttar 141040 contractor or diy to finish with any paint or stain color desired. PVC and vinyl panels come in colors, including white. These panels may be plain or have embossed wood graining. PVC and vinyl are excellent choices for rooms where there can be high levels of moisture or steam. They are good for pool rooms, bathrooms and utility rooms.

Shutters with moveable panels haverepparttar 141041 added advantage of providing privacy atrepparttar 141042 same time they admit light and air. You can adjustrepparttar 141043 louvers in such a manner that light and air is allowed intorepparttar 141044 room while atrepparttar 141045 same time preventing outside passersby from seeing inside.

How to select the best laminate flooring for you

Written by E. Timothy Uy

Hardwood flooring - its' traditional look is almost timeless, its' beauty is unmatchable. However, it's pretty hard to maintain a hardwood floor, not to mentionrepparttar price you have to pay for it. Even withrepparttar 140702 most recent floor treatments they will still scratch, fade, dent and stain in a rather small amount of time. That's why laminate flooring was invented. Because it's machine made and its' top layer is a hardwood photographic laminated surface, laminate hasrepparttar 140703 look and appeal of real hardwood floors, but it's more durable and it requires less maintenance.

Unlike real hardwood floors, laminate flooring is more resistant to scratching, staining, fading and denting. Laminates warranty range from 10 years to lifetime and it covers all ofrepparttar 140704 bad things mentioned above, while entry level laminates come with a 10 to 15 years one. But they are designed for light traffic areas. I mentioned this because many people mistake and think that they will remainrepparttar 140705 same if used in a high traffic area duringrepparttar 140706 warranty period. This is not true. Used in a high traffic area, they will begin to show wear and tear rather quick (usually within 3 to 5 years).

Remember that choosingrepparttar 140707 right laminate flooring is not as easy as it seems, but by doing that, you will save money inrepparttar 140708 long run. Just think of things likerepparttar 140709 amount of time you are planning on staying in that house orrepparttar 140710 amount of traffic, because there is no point in buying really expensive laminate flooring with extended warranty if you know that you are moving sometime inrepparttar 140711 near future. Another thing you should know is that people usually replacerepparttar 140712 floor first when moving in a new house, so, with expensive laminate with an extended warranty, you will either pay an amount of money for nothing, or forrepparttar 140713 people who will move in after you.

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