Interior Shutters (Plantation Shutters) from Advantage Shutters & Closets
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Before you invest in plantation shutters, there are some things you should know. We've put together this informative page to help you out in that regard.
The experience of your sales representative is the first important step in getting a professional looking shutter job. Shutters are a different animal when it comes to how and where to mount the product to achieve the most natural look with respect to the proper functioning of the shutter and window unit. There are countless number of options for mounting with respect to what frame style to use and where the attachment should be made in order to give you a professional custom look.
The experience of the company with shutters should be a large concern as well when investing in Plantation Shutters. Shutters continue to be one of the hottest window coverings on the market today and because of that, the market has experienced tremendous growth in the number of suppliers. While many of the new suppliers are reputable and offer good products there are some that will do and offer anything just to get the order. You should know the answer to these questions and be comfortable with it, before giving an order for shutters to a company.
- How long has the company been in business and what is their principal business?
- How long has the company been selling shutters?
- Where are the shutters manufactured?
- Are the shutters custom made or customized. ( know the difference)
- How long will it take from the day you order to receive your order?
- If damaged in freight how is that going to be taken care of? How long to get back?
- Can the company do repairs locally or do they have to send the product back to manufacture?
- What are the warranties and are they in writing? ( ask to see a copy)
- Is the company insured & bonded?
- Ask for references and call them.
- Check the company out with the Better Business Bureau
- Does your quoted price include all cost of materials, installation, and Taxes?
All shutters are not created equal! I have been asked many times why there can be such a large difference in price between different companies offering shutters. The answer lies in many different areas. Materials used in the construction of shutters, construction methods used, quality of finishing, where the shutters are manufactured and different profit expectations of the companies you are dealing with.
Material used for the construction of interior shutters
Basswood - Clear, Select & Better- grade is used most commonly on high end shutters. Because it is a pitch and resin free hardwood with a tight grain pattern it provides excellent finishing capabilities. Basswood also is a stable but relative lighter hardwood allowing for flexibility in panel design.
Basswood – Common & # 2- grades has most of the same qualities as above. This grade of lumber comes from the outside of the tree and knot holes and other imperfections in the wood yields products that can’t be finished as highly as Clear, Select and Better.
Poplar – Select & Better- grade is commonly used in this area because of its availability and price (generally runs about $ 0.75 per board ft less than Basswood of same grade). Poplar is a very dense hardwood weighting about twice that of Basswood. Poplar is also not as stable as Basswood resulting in some warping of shutter components in certain conditions. The coloring of poplar makes it not a good choice for staining.
Poplar – Common & # 2- grades has the same qualities as above and the same characteristic as Basswood Common & # 2.
Cotton Wood – Cotton Wood is one of the less expensive woods available for shutter manufacturing. Unless manufactured properly, some instability can be present. With proper drying techniques and production, stability of cottonwood is improved dramatically. If someone is quoting a product made from Cotton Wood they are typically buying the standard size panels and altering them to fit your windows before they are finished. The results, is a customized shutter as opposed to a truly custom made shutter. With a customized product you may have some variations of the shutter stiles within one room as opposed to a truly custom built shutter.
Engineered Woods- The parts in this product are made up of small pieces of lumber (usually the same species) finger jointed together to form a larger piece. This is the most in-expensive lumber that can be used to build shutter components. Good results may be obtained using this product if the engineering facility has updated their equipment to the new technology in finger jointing. Primarily used for shutters that will be painted.
Composites - You will find that the most inexpensive shutter on the market will be made up of composites. Some of the shutters will be made completely and some will only have parts made of the composite. Composites are heavy and non structural, while they hold up for the short haul problems will arise as they age.
Construction methods used
In the construction of the shutter panel after the species of wood has been determined the next consideration is the shutter specifications. In general, as you can see on the chart, as price per sq.ft. goes down, so does the specifications on the shutter.
- Grade 1 & 2 shutter panels will have an overall thickness of 1 1/16” which will shrink to thickness of 5/8” on a grade 4 panel.
- Grade 1 & 2 shutters panels will use mortise & tendon construction or doweled construction with glue and screws between styles and rails while a grade 4 panel may just be glued.
- Most grade 1 & 2 shutters will be mounted in a frame while grade 4 almost always comes mounted on hanging strips.
- Grade 1 & 2 shutters will incorporate a manual louver tensioning system in their panels while a grade 4 panel will only use a tension pin that may wear out over time with no recourse.
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Steven & Kathy Case
Started in 1983 / Nashville, Tennessee
102 Wheeler Street
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