The Best Louver Size for Shutters in Philadelphia

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You have no shortage of options regarding plantation shutters in Philadelphia. Modify your shutters with choices in material (wood, faux wood, or reclaimed wood), paints or stains( whites, neutrals, or wood stains), and frames (traditional, Craftsman, or other decorative options). Last but not least, you need to select the perfect louver size for your home.

3 Different Sizes Shutters Louvers 

So what’s the appropriate louver size for your Philadelphia shutters? Let’s check out your options.

Choices For Shutter Louver Sizes from Sunburst Shutters Philadelphia

For our popular shutters, Polywood® and Ovation® wood shutters alike, we offer louver size options in 2½ inches, 3½ inches, and 4½ inches. Also keep in mind that some shutter manufacturers will charge differently for different louver sizes, but Sunburst Shutters Philadelphia won’t!

2 ½ Inch Shutter Louvers

The thinnest louver size for shutters we offer. Other shutter manufacturers in Philadelphia may sell slightly smaller louvers, even as small as 1½ inch or less than an inch. Unfortunately, when you choose the smaller louver, you decrease the allure of shutters, and it can be more difficult to see between the louvers when they’re apart and they are tougher to dust. When you go any smaller than 2½ inches, shutters can also be confused for blinds from a distance, which defeats the purpose.

Plantation shutters 

2 ½ inch louvers have a more traditional, “colonial” look to them. The thinner but still orderly lines of these shutters give a put together look to your windows, making them perfect for homes that are in the Colonial Revival style, or similar styles like the American Foursquare.

3 ½ Inch Shutter Louvers

3½ inch shutter louvers are basically the gold standard of plantation shutters. While 4½ inches can be too gappy for some Philadelphia homeowners’ needs, and 2½ inches can look a bit crowded – this 3½ inch option is the perfect midpoint between the two.

Polywood plantation and couch 

3½ inch louvers are also the most adaptable style for Philadelphia shutters. No matter how large your windows are, their shape, or any other quirk, the louvers don’t crowd or seem heavy or too small in comparison. This is important if you’re looking to put shutters in multiple rooms in your home. It improves your home’s flow when your louver sizes are the same, so you might try 3½ inch louvers to maximize the benefit of your Philadelphia wood shutters.

4 ½ Inch Shutter Louvers

Our widest louvers clock in at 4½ inches. These louvers make our shutters, whether Polywood faux wood shutters or natural hardwood, look bold and beautiful. They also allow the most unobstructed view when you open them, since there’s window area between each louver and fewer louvers overall to block the light. Fewer louvers also makes cleaning a little easier, with fewer louvers to take care of every week.

Closeup of White Plantation Shutters 

Which Shutter Louver Size Works best for you?

Basically, your decision will be based on which style you like best, and which size of shutter louver elevates your current home decor. To get a better illustration, schedule a free in-home consultation with Sunburst Shutters Philadelphia by calling 215-874-4897 or filling out the form below.