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Best Place To Buy Plantation Shutters | Buying Guide

If you’re investing in new plantation shutters you want to make sure you’re getting the best bang for your buck.  Read our buying guide to find the best place to buy plantation shutters. Before you make that choice on what type of shutters you should get for your home, be sure to read below to learn more.

Shutters come in different levels of construction and finish quality, and being able to understand the differences is going to be an important part of your purchase decision. The right type of quality shutter will last for years to come, so a costly mistake is going to be when you buy shutters that are different from what you expect as they are going to be on your home for a long time. The saying “you get what you pay for” is a great saying when it comes to getting plantation shutters installed.

Customized Shutters

Our designers will have the right knowledge as well as experience to help you to design each panel for the best appearance, finish, function, and fit. Each element is custom so that you can match your shutters to the personality of the room.

Below will help you to decide on picking the right type of shutter:

1. What style and size of shutter louver do you want?

We have a variety of shapes and sizes for louvers. Traditional louvers will be one and one-fourth inches wide and will come in 2 different shapes. Plantation styled louvers can be elliptical, flat, or bevel faced as well as European styled. Plantation louvers will come in 1 7/8 inches, 2 ½ inches, 3 inch, 3 ½ inches, 4 inch, 4 ½ inches, and 5 ½ inches. In order to decide what is best for your home, you need to really take into account the look that you are wanting to get, depth of your windows, the view, interior design, and architecture of your home. Remember, that the wider that your louver is, the wider that the site line and more depth to glass will be needed.

2. What type of finish do you want to for your shutters?

We build shutters to your specifics, and we will finish them the way you want as well. Do you want them painted? Your shutters can be painted to custom match molding and trim or painted with a contrasting colors or you could have them painted white to highlight the shutters. Do you want them stained? Do you want the shutters to match your cabinetry, floors or furniture? Do you want them smooth or textured? Do you prefer a textured sand blasted or smooth finished look?

3. What wood species do you want to use?

Most of our painted shutters are made from Basswood. Basswood is a nickname for the American Linden Tree. It is the most widely accepted wood for interior shutters. The basswood that we use comes from Michigan and Wisconsin. The winters in the Midwest are quite severe allow the trees to be completely dormant for a long amount of time. This produces growth rings that are close together and is a much denser wood. Our wood will only come from a state certified forest lands located in the upper Midwest which comply with FSC and FSI standards. After it is cut, it is dried to specific drying tables to remove the moisture and to help stabilize the wood.

Basswood will accept paint and stain very well because of the fine even texture and straight grain.

Your shutters may also be made from other types of wood if you are wanting to match the woodwork through your house. Because we have a millwork facility, we can manufacture shutters from Walnut, Oak, Mahogany, Maple, and Cherry. We also can do Redwood, Teak and Cedar for exterior shutters.

We will never use engineered material, pressed, veneered, or finger joint materials. Only solid lumber. Our shutters are actually made to the same type of craftsmanship and attention to detail as fine wood furniture.

4. How thick are you wanting the shutter panels to be?

This is normally based on your window depth. We make panels that are ¾ inch, 1 1/8 inch, as well as 1 ¾ inch. The traditional 1 ¼ louvered shutter will fit best with a ¾ thick stile and rail. The 3 inch, 1 7/8 inch and 2 ½ inch louvers can be inserted in a ¾ for a delicate look. 1 1/8 is normal for plantation shutters but we can build 1 ¾ or 1 3/8 thick panels if you want.

5. How would you like the shutters installed?

Do you prefer a picture frame styled shutter that are mounted on the outside of the window pocket or do you want to show off the molding and mount them on the inside of the window pocket? You choice will be influenced by the size of the louver and thickness of the panel that you have decided on. We have a variety of frames that you can pick from and we can custom mill any wood mounting strips or molding that will fit your home.

Installing outside of the window pocket which can open up the window more by putting hanging strips and some of the rails and stiles outside of the window. This will help to remove some of the solid wood pieces from the glass area which increases the light and view area. It is also forgiving out of square windows.

Installing within the inside of the window will put the stiles and rails over the glass which block out view and light but will keep the shutters off the walls and inside of the window. Squareness of the window will be come a factor and your shutter may need to be pre fitted before finishing.

6. How small or large do you want your stiles and rails to be on your shutters?

Each step will be custom made to your specifications. We don’t have an inventory of ready made components or panels. Instead each shutter is made specifically for your window and there are no stock pieces that will be used. Your rails and stiles should align with the existing window mullions. Do you prefer small stiles that will not block light or do you need to have wide stiles to get the louvers clear of the window cranks? Do you prefer the look of a flush rail shutter that will match your French doors, a drop rail, or a chamfer design? It will all depend on your preference and décor. We also offer curved rail shutter if it will fit the style of your home.

7. How do you want your panels to open and how many panels do you want to see?

This choice will be based on the width of the window and what is surrounding it. How often will be fold back your panels? Is there clear wall space on both sides or just one side? Is there furniture close to the window which makes a sliding design more manageable? Do you open the windows a lot? Is your door often used?

8. How do you want your Louver string to be designed?

Do you want a hidden tilt bar or a conventional tilt bar? We have a hidden metal tilt bar for painted shutters and will make a custom wood hidden bar for the stained panels. Would you like a divider rail so that you can close the top and bottom sections differently? Where would you like the split? We also have cut tilt bars that have no divider rails so that whenever there the louvers are in open position, there isn’t a blank spot caused by a solid center rail in your line of sight.

9. What type of tension system do you want?

We have tension screws, pins or both. Self lubricating nylon pins are often used on all louvers to allow there to be smooth closing and opening.

10. What type of shutter hardware finish do you want?

Do you want your hinges to contrast against the panels, match the existing window or door hardware, or disappear with a matching color? We offer a lot of hinge finishes which include antique brass, polished chrome, paint, nickel, oil rubbed bronze, bright brass, and powder coated to match paint colors.

Best Decisions for Picking a Shutter Company:

Choosing a company to install your plantation shutters is as important as which shutters you choose.  The right company will have a good rating, wide variety, offer free in home estimates, and back up the shutters with quality warranty.  Make sure you get the best value by choosing a company with the best reputation that takes care of their customers.

1. Purchase Your Items From A Company That You Trust.

See how long that the company has been in business. Check with the BBB at (800) 834-1119 and the Contractors State License Board at (800) 321-2752. Our License is registered under #594550. Be sure that the company has plenty of liability worker’s compensation and auto insurance in place as well as bonded and licensed for your protection.

2. Choose A Company With Wide Variety

Use a company that shows all the available configurations on display to allow you to feel and touch the shutters. This helps to make sure that you will be happy with the design decisions. This lets you see the quality before you make the choice to buy. You don’t want to be surprised the day that your installer shows up.  You will be impressed and may even see options that will help you to pick what you want.

3. Work With Companies That Offer Free Estimates

Use a shutter company that will offer a free home estimate and make sure that the estimate and design is completed by an employee that has hands-on factory experience, and where the factory fabrication work order is done by the same person who saw your home’s windows to understand the décor requirements. The shutters need to be personalized to fit your style and windows precisely.

4. Ensure The Company Offers Warranty

Ensure that your shutter company will offer a really strong warranty. The construction and installation of the shutters and louver doors will be warranted to you, the original purchaser, and will be fully transferable to the next owner of the home whenever you move as follows:

A limited lifetime warranty on the installation, labor and workmanship when installed by us, and a 10-year warranty on the structural components that includes all moving parts, louver tension and staples. All the paint finishes will have a 10-year warranty, except the refinishing which will have no warranty and a 2-year warranty on the stains. Additionally, there will be a lifetime warranty against any bleeding.

Phoenix Valley Plantation Shutters

If you live in the Phoenix Valley and are interested in getting a free in home estimate for plantation shutter installation, Bo Knows Shutters & Blinds can help!  We offer a free estimate to install plantation shutters from a wide variety of styles, colors, materials, all from the top brands.  We back up our installations with warranty and have many satisfied customers.  The areas we serve include: Mesa, Gilbert, Tempe, Chandler, Phoenix, and the other cities in the valley.

Get A Free Plantation Shutter Estimate

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