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How Wood Shutters Are Made & Installed

Custom Wood ShuttersThe basic unit of every shutter is the panel. A panel is made up of blades (also known as louvres). The blades are held in place by the top and bottom rails and side stiles connected by a metal strip – semi-concealed tilt rod. The metal strip controls uniform movement of the blades and gives an uninterrupted view through the blades when they are open.

Custom shutters are the best choice for a beautiful and enduring shutter, because every part is measured and specially made to within a millimeter fit for each individual window, a truly detailed product. The result is an attractively proportioned shutter with good insulation and long-term value.

Custom Wood ShuttersYour window will be measured and each and every piece of the your custom shutters will be cut and put together by hand. The shutters are stained or painted to specifications, depending on the requirements of the customer and the pieces are glued securely together, creating exquisite wood shutters that you will be proud to show off in your home.

Shutters are installed with fittings so they can be opened and shut easily. Depending on the way the shutter is to work, these will be one or a combination of the following:

  • Hinged
  • Sliding
  • Bi-folding
  • Tracked bifold

The quality of these fittings is very important if you want years of trouble free use. There’s no substitute for handmade craftsmanship that you get when you have wood shutters custom made to fit your home. Call Canada Custom today or fill out our on-site form for a free quote.

How Wood Shutters Are Made

Have You Wondered How Wood Shutters Are Made?

Artistry and craftsmanship go into making wood shutters, which is why they are a great complement to any home. Unlike their vinyl counterparts, wood shutters are made by hand, measured and cut precisely to match your window’s size and shape.

First, a professional will measure the window and determine whether the shutters will be set inside the frame or outside of it. Next, the slats of the shutters are cut down and sanded to a smooth finish. From there, expert craftsmanship forges the frame and the slats are then aligned in precise formation within the frame to ensure that they open and close smoothly and overlap enough to block out light for privacy and insulation.

The shutters are stained or painted to specifications, depending on the requirements of the customer and the pieces are glued securely together, creating exquisite wood shutters that you will be proud to show off in your home.

There’s a reason why wood shutters are becoming increasingly popular during the past several years, even as vinyl shutters are becoming cheaper. There is no substitute for a natural look to one’s home. There’s no substitute for quality. Most importantly, there’s no substitute for handmade craftsmanship that you get when you have wood shutters custom made to fit your home.

10 Reasons to Choose Wood Shutters

There are plenty of reasons to choose wood shutters over any other kind of window covering or dressing, and it’s a good idea to understand a few of them before making any decision.

  1. Natural appeal. Wood shutters provide a natural appeal and contrast to any room in your home.
  2. Traditional look. Wood shutters have been used for centuries, both indoors and outdoors and that gives them a traditional appearance that you won’t find with any other kind of window décor, including drapes, curtains, or blinds.
  3. Authentic. Most homes are made of wood and wood shutters provide an authentic feel to any room in your house. If you have hardwood floors, wood shutters is the best complement for them.
  4. Cost efficient. While most wood shutters may cost more than traditional coverings such as drapes and curtains, they are more effective as insulating your home against the cold air in the winter and hot air in the summer. This efficiency will save you money on heating and cooling bills over time.
  5. More privacy. Wood shutters provide better privacy than other window coverings. When closed, no one can see into your home.
  6. Blocks more natural sunlight. During the summer, you want to block more direct sunlight from getting into your home. This helps keep your home cooler and saves money as well. Wood shutters block more natural sunlight than vinyl or other types of window dressings.
  7. Durable. Wood shutters are built to stand the test of time. They will last longer than any other product that you could place over your windows.
  8. Easy to maintain. Cleaning wood shutters is as simple as wiping the panels on a regular basis. No more wrestling with the vacuum to clean curtains and no more struggling with clumsy blinds.
  9. More opulence. If you want your home to have a more elegant and opulence feel, wood shutters are the ideal solution.
  10. Increase the value of your home. Wood shutters will become a natural part of your home and will also increase the aesthetic and ultimately financial appeal of your home.

If these 10 reasons to choose wood shutters aren’t enough to help you decide, call Canada Custom Shutters and discuss the wonderful options that are available in shutters for your home.

Wood Shutters vs Vinyl

Which is Better for Your Home – Wood Versus Vinyl Shutters?

As technology has changed and vinyl has become a cheaper way to have the look of natural wood, it’s been easier to get caught up in saving money, but are vinyl shutters the right choice for your home? If we’re going to be honest here, then yes, wood shutters are likely going to be more expensive than vinyl. However, there is an adage that stands true in that ‘You get what you pay for.’

Vinyl ultimately has a particular sheen to it, a texture that gives it away as being anything but wood, whether you use them for outdoors or inside your home. They also are limited in the color or stains that you can add to them.

Wood shutters, on the other hand, offer an elegant, natural décor for your home. They can be stained or painted in a variety of colors and can be custom made to fit any window size and style. Wood shutters have a unique look and feel that neither vinyl or any other form can match.

Using high quality wood, you can create an incredible atmosphere in your home and enjoy the natural fragrance that only wood can deliver. Accentuate a natural hardwood floor or ornate wood furniture with wood shutters.

On the outside, wood shutters will weather the seasons better than vinyl. One of the major selling points for vinyl shutters is that wood will peel or rot, but that is simply a fallacy. Vinyl shutters will warp in direct sunlight over time and any paint added to them generally peels within a few years. Wood shutters are durable and built to last.

Your home is your castle and as such, it deserves the best that you can provide. The best when it comes to shutters is wood. There is no substitute for a natural look and feel when it comes to your home. Easy to clean, easy to maintain, and easy to care for, wood shutters are far superior to cheap vinyl anytime of the year.

How To Measures For Shutters

If you are interested in interior shutters, Canada Custom Shutters is more than available to come to your home and take measurements for you. However, it’s a relatively simple measurement that you can do yourself as well. The following instructions should provide the necessary information for you to make an accurate measurement for your shutters.

Inside Mounted Shutters

Most shutters are mounted on the inside of the window frame and are therefore referred to as inside mounts. For this, measure between the side window jambs (or casing) for the width of the shutters. Next, measure from the top jamb (or casing) to the window sill or floor, depending on what type of window you have.

Measuring the Available Depth

To determine if your windows are deep enough for the style of shutters you want, measure the depth from the outside edge of the window jambs, not including any moldings, to the window frame itself. You may need a depth of up to 3-1/2” for California shutters, for example, or as little as 1-1/2” for smaller shutters.

What if Your Chosen Shutters Won’t Fit on an Inside Mount?

If your shutters will need to be attached with an outside mount, there will need to be a separate piece of wood that will need to be affixed directly to wall studs. For this, an in-home consultation will be needed to determine the proper shutter size for your windows.

For any windows that are not square, special mounting will be needed which will require more in-depth measurements. Allow Canada Custom Shutters to provide those measurements for you to ensure that your new shutters will fit perfectly.