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What Are Bi-Fold Plantation Shutters

Bi-Fold Plantation Shutters are a type of plantation shutter that can be used on windows or doors. They have hinges in the middle that allow them to be folded up and placed on either side of the door or window. In this blog post, we will be discussing everything you need to know about this type of plantation shutter — including material options, slat spacing, and more. Keep reading to learn more and get a free estimate today from Shutters of the Strand!

Available in a Variety of Materials

When it comes to Bi-Fold Plantation Shutters, they are available in a variety of materials, including wood, vinyl, and aluminum. They are also available in a variety of colors, so you can find the perfect shutters to match your decor and home’s aesthetic. Learn more about the different types of materials available below!

Wooden Bi-Fold Shutters

Wood Bi-Fold Plantation Shutters can be made from either pine, basswood, aspen, or any other type of wood that provides the look you want for your home. You can also request a stain or paint on the shutters to add some color. However, those that are painted may not have as long of a lifespan as those that are stained. This is because painted shutters may also chip and peel over time. If you are interested in painting your shutters, check out this blog post in which we explain what you need to know for painting your plantation shutters!

Vinyl Bi-Fold Shutters

Vinyl Bi-Fold Plantation Shutters are a great option for those who want the look of wood shutters without the maintenance of wood shutters. Vinyl is a weatherproof material and will not rot, warp, or fade like wood can. It is also easy to clean and does not require any painting or staining. If you are interested in vinyl shutters and what color options are available for your home, contact us today!

Custom-Made Options

As with any type of plantation shutter, bi-fold shutters are custom-made for each window. This means they can be cut to fit your windows perfectly. If you have windows that are odd shapes — such as triangles or diamonds — bi-fold shutters are a good option because they can be shaped to fit the window. The hinges also allow the two panels to meet in the middle of the window, giving it a customized look. Get your free estimate today to get started with The Plantation Company to start protecting your home with custom-made plantation shutters!

Bi-Fold Shutter Slat Spacing

Slats on Bi-Fold Plantation Shutters are usually spaced 1” apart from each other across the entire shutter panel. However, this isn't always true and spacing is determined by the type of wood used and desired effect for that particular set of shutters (see above). This provides the level of privacy you want them to provide and still lets natural light into your home.

Easy to Open and Close Without Losing Space

One of the benefits of Bi-Fold Plantation Shutters is that they are easy to open and close. They are the perfect type of plantation shutter for people who want the functionality of a door or window and the privacy of a shutter. As you would expect from the name, they easily open and close the shutters in the same manner as your typical bi-fold door does. This type of shutter is also a good option for people who have limited space because they can be folded up and stored on either side of the door or window. Contact us today to get started and see how these shutters can help you add privacy and save space in your home!

Mounting on Doors

If your Bi-Fold Plantation Shutters are on a door, they are on a track system, much like traditional bi-fold doors for a closet. They slide to either side of the door, allowing one to open it easily. This is great for a patio door that lets in a lot of sunlight because the plantation shutters will help keep the heat out in the summer while still allowing you to enjoy the natural light.

Mounting on Windows

On windows, they fold back on hinges so that they rest up against the wall. They do not fit well on large windows because of this; the shutters are often too heavy on large windows, causing the shutters to sag. They do, however, allow easy access to the window for cleaning and opening the window for a pleasant spring breeze.

Benefits and What to Consider

The benefits of Bi-Fold Plantation Shutters are many. They provide the functionality of a door or window with the added beauty and privacy that plantation shutters can give. The slat size is one inch, so they are typically used on doors rather than windows. Things to consider when using Bi-Fold Plantation Shutters include whether you want them painted or stained, what type of material you prefer, and what style best fits your home's decor or aesthetic.

If you are interested in Bi-Fold Plantation Shutters, our team at Shutters of the Strand can help! Our team is knowledgeable and experienced so they can help walk you through all the possible options for your home that fit your needs, wants, budget, and the design of your home. There are many different options available, including wood, vinyl, and aluminum! If you are looking for a functional and attractive window covering, Bi-Fold Plantation Shutters may be a perfect choice. Get a free estimate or contact us today to get started!