Are all Plantation Shutters the same? Absolutely Not!
Plantation Shutters are available in many options, colours and materials. There is a huge array of Plantation Shutters available to choose from. With beautiful designs and modern styling options, we have all the latest in Aluminium, Basswood, Cedar, Duratech, custom shapes and more.
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Plantation Shutters Melbourne
A1 Blinds Plantation Shutters Melbourne are manufactured using only the best materials that are built to last and supported with a LIFETIME warranty. We believe the techniques used in the construction of our shutters are superior, making our shutters stronger and more robust.
A1 Blinds is one of Melbournes leading blind retailers. We have been providing the highest quality products, service and prices to Melbourne homes and commercial offices since 1958.
Aluminium Plantation Shutter
Aluminium Plantation shutters are suitable for outdoor applications. With the strength of extruded aluminium and the option of flush barrel bolts to lock panels into place, our aluminium Plantation shutters can withstand the cold, heat wind and rain. With an option of 5 textured colours as well as either elliptical or S Blade (Mohail seal) both 89mm, our Aluminium Plantation shutters will blend into you outdoor area and provide protection all year round.
The most robust shutter in our range
- Withstands cold, heat, wind and rain.
- Strong and sturdy construction.
- 5 textured colours
- Blends in with your outdoor area.
Basswood Plantation Shutters
Basswood is a superior hardwood commonly used to manufacture Plantation shutters due to its light weight and warp resistant properties. Being a fine grain timber, Basswood Plantation shutters have a smooth surface that’s suited to both painted and stained finishes.
Our Clearview operation is different from most with a uniquely designed tilt rod that has been moulded into the side of the stile. Most tilt rods allow the shutter to close on one side only, our Clearview design has a full 180 degree closure both sides.
The best surface finish of any shutter on the market
Basswood timber being a hardwood is a perfect timber for manufacturing Plantation shutters allowing applications, hinged, double hinged, sliding, bifold, angled or shaped as well as blade sizes, 47mm, 63mm, 89mm and 114mm all complimented with 14 painted and 13 stained colours as standard
Smooth Surface Finish
Finger Jointed Basswood Timber
Dual Closure (180 degree rotation)
Single Closure(-130 degree rotation
Cedar Plantation Shutters
Western Red Cedar Plantations are a quality product. They’re durable, versatile, easy to maintain available in 14 paint
colours, clear lacquer or oiled finish.
- Smooth Surface finish.
- Dual Closure (180 degree rotation).
- Blade Width 47, 63, 89, 114(Elliptical) / 63, 89 (Flat)
- Blades are same sizes and shapes as you’ve used for Basswoood.
Western Red Cedar produces a quality Plantation Shutter. The finish is durable, versatile and easy to use and maintain.
One of the most durable and widely used timbers. Western Red Cedar has a natural resistance to deterioration which is why Cedar is the perfect choice for interior and exterior use. Our finish is unparalleled. The frame is built to last using a mortise and tenon joint to guarantee against sagging.
Thermal and Insulating Properties
Western Red Cedar’s low density increases the insulation of a home by transporting less heat. Conversely, it helps keep your home warmer in winter and colder in summer. It also helps to reduce the transfer of noise.
Cedar Plantation Shutters are excellent for noise reduction and can be used in all rooms.
Rounded, angled and curved shapes are all possible, however not all types of Plantation Shutters will support shaped shutters and not all shapes will allow full movement of the blades.
All blades will have 180 degree rotation as normal.
Custom Shaped Edge Blades
Edge Blades will only close upwards and some blades may need to be fixed in position while others may have limited movement.
Paulownia Plantation Shutters
Paulownia timber is a descendent from Asia and is now an Australian grown Plantation timber.
This deciduous hardwood, pale blonde in colour with its own character grain has a magic feel like a firm balsa wood yet similar strength to cedar. Produced with elliptical blades 63mm and 89mm and 14 standard colours. We also oﬀer a very special rustic look unlike any other Plantations on the market.
Paulownia shutters suit hinged, sliding and shaped applications.
A shutter with a natural wood grain effect.
Solid light weight timber with open grain
PVC / Polymer plantation shutters
Easy to care for and the best value for money
- 100% recyclable
- Our Polymers are Certified non-toxic Light weight
- Full thermal properties
- Re-engineered stile
- 30 years warranty*
An entry level PVC Plantation Shutter with 89mm elliptical blades. Keeping colours, Alabaster and White and available as a hinged application only. The Ultralite features all the strength of the Ecosmart with the same construction process.
Safe for the whole family to use
PVC Plantation shutters are a very popular choice being suitable in all rooms, especially wet areas such as bathrooms and laundries. Suitable as hinged and sliding with elliptical blades, 63mm, 89mm and 114mm all complimented with 14 colours as standard.
Plantation Shutters On French Doors
French Door Cut outs- When fitting directly next to a French door it’s likely a cut out in the frame of the panel will be needed to allow for protruding handles, locks etc. There are two types of French door cut outs, curved and rectangular each with a flush or oﬀset option.
Plantation Shutters Installation
Hinged: This is the most popular, practical and cost effective method. The panels are fitted with side hinges and open and close like a door.
Bifold: Up to 4 panels hinged together either hinged or sliding.
Sliding: installed with a tracking system, sliding panels can be mounted into the reveal or as a face fix application. All sliding applications can be finished off with pelmets to conceal the top tracks.
The Tilt Rod
A tilt rod is mechanism is used to open and close the blades.
Tilt Rod Options
Both the centre and oﬀset tilt rods are made of timber approximately 13mm x 15mm painted the same colour as the panel and positioned on the front of the shutter (facing into the room).
The Clearview tilt rod made from aluminium and available in either white or silver anodised is positioned on the hinge side at the back of the shutter (facing the window). To open and close the blades this is done by manually moving the blades to rotate.
Plantation Shutter Hinges
There are several types of hinges used and all are based on the type of operation required for the panels.
- Reveal pivot hinge
- Face pivot hinge
- Extended reveal pivot hinge
- Non Mortise hairline hinge
- L hinge and super clear hinges
The number of hinges will depend on the panel size except for the pivot hinges where only a top and bottom hinge can be fitted.
While most Plantation panels are simply hinged and held in place by magnets. We oﬀer locks as an option that can be used for safety or security.
Safety Lock and Key
For hinged or sliding there is a simple locking system where a keyed lock barrel is installed on the front face of the stile. The lock barrel is connected to a pin system inside the stile that runs vertically up and down. When the key is turned the shaft pins are pushed out of the ends of the stile and locate into a hole drilled in the top and bottom of the surrounding frame.
Operate by rotating across the blade ends so the blades cannot rotate to open. These are ideal for Plantation shutters installed outdoors where the wind can play havoc with the blades.
Flush Barrel Bolts
Available in either short or long, both options work as a lever and mounted into the face of the stile at the bottom, using a pin extending from the bottom of the stile when locks the panels in place. The short lock is suitable for hinged panels only while the long lock can be used for hinged, sliding and bifold
Plantation Shutter Care and Maintenance
- Keep free from dust by wiping with a soft cloth, feather duster or vacuum using a soft bristle brush
- Spot cleaning use a damp cloth and dry
- Diﬃcult marks use a small amount of PH neutral soap with lukewarm (Do not use any other cleaners)
- Regularly rotate blade to ensure even exposure to Sun and UV
- Never allow water to remain stationary as it will soak into the timber causing it to stain and
- Always open and close using the middle or master control
- Where tracks are installed, keep free of dust and
- Ensure window winders are in the correct positions before closing
- Opening panels from the centre
- Bi fold and Sliding panels, always close the blades before opening or
- Always open and close slowly and