Full height plantation shutters
Full height plantation shutters are the most popular choice of shutters sold by the California Company. Because full height shutters give complete window coverage, the whole window is covered by one or more panels. This gives a seamless integration between the decoration of the surrounding walls and the shutter blinds. As such they are a great option for those who are trying to disguise unsightly PVC windows.
The transformation can be stunning, particularly on larger windows.
On taller windows over 1800mm tall, a dividing midrail will be required. This midrail serves two purposes - primarily the midrail gives the shutter panel additional strength, helping the panel retain it shape as well as preventing twisting and warping of the wood. The midrail also offers a great aesthetic advantage by dividing the slat control into two. The slats above the midrail are controlled independently from the slats below the midrail. This allows greater privacy in rooms such as lounges and bedrooms, as the bottom slats can be angled to ensure the interior of your house is not visible, whilst the top slats can be slanted to maximise light entering the room. The system operates in the same manner for both front facing and concealed pushrods options on the plantation blinds.
As the shutter panels are generally fitted into a four sided frame (although some installations require 3 sided frames)- when you close the slats at night you are effectively creating a thermal barrier between the window and your room. In period Victorian houses, a significant difference in draught reduction should be experienced. Although there is no UK data to substantiate this, in the USA many shutter companies have used data to support the thermal properties claims of American Shutters. It is our opinion that shutters with both panels and slats closed offer a similar thermal advantage to heavy curtains but in fact are far more minimalist and contemporary in their style.