Friday, September 12, 2014

Shutter Materials

What kind of material do you use for the shutters?

We use the kiln-dried basswood. The best hard wood available for shutters and blinds. A lot of our competitors use Cedar to build their shutters. Obviously, we don't. Why not? Cedar shutters mill and finish nicely, but color often varies greatly during staining which means that two identically -prepared sets of shutters can look completely different side by side and ruin the look of a room. 

Cedar is also soft and can dent and scratch easily. This also means that tilt bar staples and hinges (two integral shutter components) do not hold well. Cedar wood shutters just do not offer the durability and uniform finish that you will get from Basswood shutters.

Basswood interior wood shutters are very hard, straight and durable, and have a fine uniform texture with an indistinct grain. Basswood machines well and is easy to work, and screws and glues well and can be sanded and stained to a smooth finish. It dries fairly rapidly with little distortion. Because of this, all of our wood shutters have fantastic dimensional stability when dry.

We also carry the Vinyl and PVC shutters.

Shutters Paint & Stain Colors

What paint and stain colors are available for shutters?

For wood shutters, we have six painted colors and six stained colors available include White, Pearl, Alabaster, Chalk, Swiss Coffee, Off White, Natural, Cedar, Mohagany, Golden Oak, Walnut, and Ebony. We can also match custom colors provided by the homeowner, for extra charge.

For fauxwood shutters, we have silk white, pearl, and bisque colors available.

Louver Sizes

Shutter Louver Sizes

What louver size are available?

In our plantation style of louver, we offer 2-1/2", 3-1/2", 4-1/2" louver widths.

For horizontal blinds, we offer 2" and 2-1/2" louver widths.

For vertical blinds, we offer 3-1/2" louver width.

Doors with shutters

French Doors Can I have shutters installed on my door?

Sliding Doors
Yes, we can manufacture shutters for French doors and sliding glass doors. With French doors, the shutter is mounted directly onto the door itself.

In the case of sliding glass doors, there are a couple of mounting options. One way is to mount the shutters on hinges so that they fold off to the side of the sliding glass door when opened. They can also be mounted on an overhead tracking system and slide back and forth in a by-pass type system.

Arch Windows

Can I have shutters made for my arched windows?

Yes, we can custom build a shutter to fit virtually any window opening. This includes arch, rake, triangles, octagons, circles, and trapezoids. We can also build a shutter to any design that you may have in mind. Visit our photo gallery for example.

Tilt Rod or Clear View Option

Do I have any options if I do not want a tilt rod to run down the center of the shutter?

Yes, along with the normal centered tilt rod, we also offer a hidden louver control rod. (i.e. "Clear View" option) You can still open or close louvers without tilt rod. This option tends to offer greater visibility through the shutter.