Q- What are Plantation Shutters?
A custom built-in window accent providing maximum flexibility, insulation and control of light, privacy, ventilation using a frame with movable louvers.They are money well spent, saving you money on your utility bills and adding value to your home.
Q- What happens if paint on a louver gets messed up ?
Q- How much do Plantation Shutters Cost?
Q- Which Louver Size is for Me?
Q- How many panels do I need in my opening?
Q- Will my crank handles interfere with the shutters?
Q- Can I fold shutters against the wall daily?
Please keep in mind plantation shutters are designed to fit an opening. The shutter panels are movable to allow cleaning and access to the window. They are not designed to be moved and folded up against a wall routinely. The louvers are the control mechanism allowing rotation to provide light, ventilation, view and privacy.
Q- How do I determine if I need a frame?
Frames are required for three reasons:
*Lack of casing. Frames finish the opening with a cased in look. Shutters that are framed with a L-Frame make the most aesthetically appealing shutter.
*Lack of depth in the opening to accommodate panels and unobstructed operation of the louvers.
*Uneven opening dimensions. Many openings have adequate depth but have uneven dimensions. For example, you measure the width at the top, middle and bottom of the opening and have a 1/4" difference. If you installed shutter panels (they are perfectly even in dimension) in this opening, you would have uneven gaps between the panels and the window jamb. The "L Frame" corrects uneven dimensions by providing a nice even opening for the panels to be installed.
Q- Does Wood Warp and Chip Easily?
Q- Can I Install the Shutters Myself?
Q- What about Maintenance?
Q- What is a Divider Rail?
Q- If I want painted shutters, what colors are available?
Q- What if I have Pella type or "pop out" windows?
Our frames are designed to function properly with either. In installing over these type windows, we attempt to leave as much of your decorative moulding showing as possible.
Q- Can shutters included in my mortgage?
Q- Do you offer custom cutouts, arches, sunbursts, or geometric designs?
Q- Do you mount the shutter on the inside or outside of the window casing, and how are the frames secured to the window?
We prefer to mount the plantation shutters on the outside approximately one inch from the inside edge of the window moulding. Often a window is not exactly plumb or square, and if doing an inside mount, it would require caulking in order to cover the crack or gap between the frame and the inside edge of the window.
As to how the frames are secured to the window, many plantation shutter companies screw through the exposed surface of the frame into the moulding of the window then cover the screw hole with a wooden or plastic cap. We, however, secure our frames by screwing at an angle from the inside of the frame into the molding. This is then filled with a wood filler. Consequently, when the shutter is closed, there is nothing to indicate how the frame was secured to the window.