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3 Differences between Quality and Cheap Window Shutters

save-money-home-insurance2There are many different types of window treatments that you can use for your Toronto home. The most popular are blinds or shades. That’s because of the relatively inexpensive cost of these window treatments. Drapery is also popular, but is usually used in conjunction with one of these other types of window coverings.

Interior shutters are not nearly as common, not because they don’t look great, but because of the overall initial investment. People who see interior shutters in a home immediately begin to think about how they would look in their own house.

Shopping for shutters will expose you to a variety of options.

The moment that you begin shopping around for interior shutters, you will notice that there are relatively inexpensive ones and much more expensive shutters. If you are on a limited budget, this might seem like a simple solution: choose the cheap shutters.

The problem with that mentality is that when you choose cheap shutters, they might look great for a short time when they are installed, but before long you’re going to notice the problems that they have.

There are three key differences between quality and cheap shutters.

Price

Quality shutters are going to be more expensive. That’s because with most things in life, you get what you pay for. You could choose a cheap, plastic shutter, but it will never look nearly as good as wood.

Durability

Quality wood shutters are going to last much longer than inexpensive plastic or vinyl shutters. It may seem that vinyl would outlast wood, but when it comes to interior shutters, wood is much more durable.

Value

If you’re looking for shutters that are going to help you increase and improve the value of your home, wood shutters are going to help you achieve that. Vinyl shutters could actually become a liability.

When you’re shopping for interior shutters, make sure that you see all of the available options. When you do, you’ll realize why wood shutters tend to be more expensive than plastic ones and why it really matters when it comes to your home.

How to Spot a High Quality Shutter

exterior-mainFirst, shutters need to have the correct louver tension. They should be smooth and hold the position you set them in. Some shutters require tension screws at the side of each panel. The problem with tension screws is noticed over time, when tightening the screws becomes necessary on a regular basis. Eventually, the louvers within a single shutter unit will not have uniform tension because the louver sections adapt to each tension screw differently. It is then difficult to put the louvers exactly in the desired location, and the rotation of the louvers will become difficult.

Your shutters should be made from quality materials. Wood is the best material for constructing shutters but not all wood is created equal. Basswood is a superior wood because it is among the straightest of hardwoods with a uniform texture and indistinct grain. It can be sanded and stained to a smooth finish, and is lightweight yet very strong.

Be sure you get your shutters from a reliable, reputable company. You should research the company where you plan to purchase your shutters. They should be a reputable, knowledgeable, support oriented, and accessible company. We recommend you test their knowledge by asking questions. The company should be prepared to communicate all of the necessary information to you about purchasing interior shutters. They should also have staff that is experienced and available for technical questions. Call us anytime, we’ll answer any questions and are always available.

You want your shutters to have the right finish. Not just any old paint or stain finish is good enough; quality is essential to the overall satisfaction with your shutter purchase. A paint finish should be smooth, thick, and complete. You should be unable to feel the wood grain and it should show through the paint. A stain finish should be even with a proper top protective coat.

Work with a real shutter manufacturer and have each shutter custom built for each individual window. While there are standard window sizes, construction and installation changes everything. A proper custom shutter unit needs to be built for each individual window opening down to 1/16 of an inch. Any more space and there may be unnecessary gaps in the shutter unit. Do not assume that because two or more windows look the same, that they are the same. Many times proper measuring will show that each window is unique.