Plantation shutters are a great addition to your home. These window treatments are prized for their timeless style and unmatched energy efficiency. But it’s important your plantation shutters are made with quality materials and experienced craftsmanship. If they aren’t, their louvers may become loose or start to sag.
Sagging or loose plantation shutters detract from your home’s beauty and are frustrating to open and close. There are many reasons that could explain why your shutters are sagging. We’ll review them as well as the steps you can take to fix them.
3 Reasons Why Your Plantation Shutters Are Sagging
1. Low Quality
The best shutters, like those from Louver Shop, are made from furniture-grade American hardwoods or solid polymer. Low-quality shutters are made from cheap MDF or hollow vinyl, so it’s always important to check the materials when investing in plantation shutters.
Wood plantation shutters are the most classic and are suitable for rooms that don’t get a lot of humidity or moisture. They typically last longer and weigh less, making them a great option for large windows.
If you want plantation shutters for a sunroom or bathroom, faux wood plantation shutters are a great compromise. High-quality versions are very energy efficient and should withstand sunlight and moisture without drooping or becoming misshapen. Shutters that are made from solid polymers can compete with the durability and longevity of hardwood.
When deciding on window treatments, don’t forget to ask about their construction and features, like if they are low maintenance. At Louver Shop, our shutters are handcrafted with high-end materials and designed to never need tightening or adjusting.
2. Daily Use
Plantation shutters provide superior control over the amount of light, privacy and air circulation in your home. Over time, frequent use may result in your shutters sagging or becoming loose. You can remedy this by tightening the tension adjustment screws, but some cheaper shutters might not have them.
Because plantation shutters are a long-term investment in your home, you’ll want to select ones backed by strong warranty. Our Louver Shop shutters come with one of the best lifetime limited warranties in the industry. They’re guaranteed against drooping, crackling, peeling and many other common issues.
3. Temperature Change
If you have cheaper wood plantation shutters and experience big temperature swings, your shutters might warp over time. This is because temperature changes can cause the wood to contract and shrink.
At Louver Shop, our wood plantation shutters are guaranteed against warping. By retaining their shape, you’ll enjoy the benefits of elegant design and easy functionality for years to come.
How to Fix Sagging or Loose Plantation Shutters
Fixing sagging or loose plantation shutters is relatively simple but can be time-consuming. Better-quality shutters have tension adjustment screws that allow you to loosen or tighten your louvers. Other designs have springs built into the shutter panel. While these may resist some sagging, you’ll have to replace the entire panel if the spring goes bad.
Tension adjustment screws are found on the inside edge of plantation shutter panels. If there are separate sections, there are usually both top and bottom screws. You’ll need a Phillips head screwdriver and want to make sure the louvers remain fixed. Otherwise, turning the screw will only move the louvers. You can hold them with a clamp or your free hand.
While this may only take a few minutes, the process can eat away at your free time if you have shutters all over your home.
We’ve Specialized in Plantation Shutters for More Than 50 Years
We began building Louver Shop on plantation shutters more than 50 years ago. Today, they are still crafted in our plant in Gainesville, Georgia. We believe that beautiful homes begin with shutters made in the USA from the highest-quality materials.
Because all our shutters are custom made, you’ll be able to customize the color, louver size and more. Unique or large windows aren’t a match for us, because we’ve never met a window that we couldn’t cover.
Our process begins with a free, no-pressure consultation. You’ll be able to see samples up close from the comfort of your living room and receive expert advice from your local Louver Shop design consultant. With our Complete Comfort Pricing™ quote, you’ll know just how much your new shutters will cost.
To schedule your consultation, give us a call at 888-249-5655 today. There’s never any obligation, just access to free design advice, free professional measurements and a free quote. Our staff will be happy to show you why we’re the best in the business when it comes to quality, low-maintenance shutters.