Plantation Shutters It's all we do!
“We absolutely loved working with Mike! He is very knowledgeable in his products and guided us to make the right decision for our needs. He kept us looped in as to the status of our order and completed installation as promised. The plantation shutters are gorgeous and we love them! We have very large windows, as well a French Patio door and Mike did an amazing job with installation. If you are looking for quality plantation shutters at the right price and an outstanding professional to work with, Mike is who you should contact!”
— Becky Hoke
All plantation shutters are not created equally.
As a shutter repair tech, I had an insider’s knowledge of which manufacturers’ products were always breaking and why. I quickly learned that not all plantation shutters are created equally.
When I began offering plantation shutter sales to my clients, I used this inside knowledge to offer my customers plantation shutters with the best combination of features and build quality available. My shutters will look good in 20 years as they do the day they are installed. The following are 12 reasons why our plantation shutters are the best on the market.
Our composite shutters let you experience the beauty of real wood without worries of warping, cracking or peeling paint. Durable and cost-effective, engineered to withstand high humidity, perfect for the whole house and ideal for kitchens, laundry rooms, bathrooms, and other high-humidity rooms.
Composite shutters come in multiple shades of white. Composite shutter panels come as wide as 36″, offering a better solution for larger windows and allowing for a clearer view to the outside.
Our solid wood shutters are made from 100% North American hardwood in a range of custom styles to and value to your home.
A three-step drying process and strict adherence to quality standards guarantee the straightest possible wood components. Skillfully apply vibrant stains and environmentally-friendly water-based paint finishes for a stunning look.
A Better Built Plantation Shutter
Solid Resin Composite
Our non-wood plantation shutters are a true composite, made from solid resin.
- Solid color, the color runs all the way through the material
- Solid construction, not hollow like vinyl
- Not faux-wood, they are not veneered over an MDF (pressed sawdust) interior susceptible to moisture and delamination
- You can feel the substantial difference in the weight of our composite plantation shutters, they feel, they are heavier than wood, more solid
- Impervious to moisture
- A more robust product = better sound deadening, better R value, longer life.
- Lifetime warranty because they are built so well, guaranteed not to warp, or crack, will not flake
The picture below is a Norman composite plantation shutter. This is a plastic coating over an MDF interior (pressed sawdust). This is not a frame we cut to show you the interior, but the actual frame mitered end as it comes from the factory, it is not even encapsulated so moisture can freely move into the product and cause expansion and contraction.
Compare the size of the hinges we use, they are 50% larger than the competition. Hinge size translates into stability and longevity. The industry standard is a 2″ hinge, ours are 3 inches.
More Hinges than the competition
Where everybody else uses 3 hinges we have 4 hinges. Everything looks good and works well when it is brand new, the real measure of what you are buying is how will it look and function in 5, 10, 15 years from now. More hinges remove the sagging that other plantation shutters are known for and years of maintenance-free enjoyment.
Serviceable Hidden Control Rods
Our plantation Shutters have serviceable hidden control rods made of metal with a simple, robust metal screw connection to the louver, not a plastic one, we also don’t use a connection system built inside the shutter panel, because once they break or wear out (and they will wear out, I get calls asking to repair that brand of shutters all the time) the entire panel needs to be removed and sometimes sent back to the factory if they will still even warranty it.
Serviceable control rods are simpler and a fool-proof design that not only rarely needs servicing, but if on the rare occasion it does, it usually is a 10-minute fix done on-site and your plantation shutters are as good as new again.
We don’t cut corners – our frames are four-sided with a bottom sill plate. For our composite shutters, the bottom sill plate is composite also, not painted, so there is zero maintenance. This picture shows why we don’t mount your plantation shutters directly on your existing window sills, as the normal opening and closing of the panels will eventually scrape the paint and damage the painted window sills.
Serialized / Numbered Parts
All of the parts of your new plantation shutters are actually given individual ID numbers tagged on the parts or embedded in the part itself, which are recorded at the factory. If for instance, you damage a shutter panel 10 years from now, all we have to do is get the ID number off the bottom of the panel. The number will tell the factory that we want for instance, the right-hand panel of the 3rd window in the living room, and they will manufacture a brand new, perfectly fitting identical replacement part using the original measurements and specifications that they have stored in their computer. Then all we do is simply switch out the new one for the old one and everything looks brand new again.
Smart Magnetic Catches
We don’t use the inexpensive plastic magnetic catches the rest of the industry uses because they get brittle due to the UVs over time and end up breaking.
Instead, we use a Neodymium or a (deep earth) magnetic which are the most powerful available, and it is recessed and screwed firmly into the shutter panel…
… that closes against a metal strike plate mounted on the frame. This is a simple and foolproof design that will last a lifetime.
Two Close Options
Are you an ‘uppy’ or a ‘downy’? Typically manufacturers only allow you to close your louvers in the upward position, our shutters are designed so you can close the louvers upwards or downwards, the choice of how you like to do it is up to you.
Louver Tensioning Ports
We call them “lazy louvers”, you call them other names because nobody likes it when their louvers don’t want to stay in the place you adjust them to because they have loosened up over time. Our panels come with a built-in tensioning port. All you do is insert a screwdriver into it and tighten or loosen the tension on the panel, giving your shutters a quick and easy tune-up if they need them. Your louvers will always be nice and tight just like the day they were installed.
Installation is a very important factor in a customer’s user experience and enjoyment of their new shutters. Our installations are all done with factory-supplied screws and follow certified factory installation procedures.
Unfortunately, there is a growing trend for installers in Denver to use nail guns in order to save time and cut costs during installation. The extra profit the salesman and the installer make today by short-cutting the manufacturer’s installation requirements comes back out of the pocket of the customer tomorrow.
When the homeowner decides to replace any windows in the future the plantation shutters will need to be removed and the homeowner will pay dearly for the installers’ short-cuts.
Removal of a properly installed shutter that used the manufacturer’s supplied screws is a straightforward process, compared to trying to dig out or drill out headless nail gun nails buried throughout the frame, with the damage to the frames being extreme and the labor cost required being considerable.
Below is a plantation shutter frame that was installed with a nail gun, to remove it for a window replacement the headless nails had to be drilled out, instead of simply backing out screws. — Do not let anyone install your plantation shutters with nail guns.
Made In The USA
And last but not least, our shutters are made in the USA, in Texas to be exact, not China. This is why the build quality is so good and why we can get them so quickly.
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I look forward to answering any questions you might have about plantation shutters or talking with you about scheduling a free estimate in your home