Typically there isn't a charge for your initial consultation as long as you have at least 5 openings to cover and you are within our coverage area. We may charge when multiple trips are required to accommodate changes in direction, and will of course, depend on the time commitment and job size. Our experienced designers are very knowledgeable and will bring the samples to you. We allow 1-1/2 hours for each initial consultation.
ShutterCrafters offers a full line of
BLINDS, SHADES & DRAPERY
products to compliment your plantation shutters.
There are many choices with regard to plantation shutters since they have gained in popularity over the past 10 years. Here are a few key points to consider when comparing:
1-Choose a plantation shutter made with a quality hardwood (Bass or Poplar woods) that are kiln dried.
2-Stiles (frames of panels) should be at least 1" thick and 2" in width. The top and bottom rails of the shutter panel should be a minimum of 3" wide to make the shutter panel sturdy enough to stand the test of time.
3-Tension screws should be available on the stiles to ensure the tightening and/or loosening of the louvers over time. As well, stainless steel staples should be used to attach the tilt rod to the louvers.
4-Premium plantation shutters are manufactured using a mortise and tennon or dowel pin joinery. this is what "crafters" of fine furniture use, and plantation shutters are, in fact, furniture for your windows!
5-Be sure you see a working sample of the plantation shutter estimated.
Be sure the design consultant is experienced (at least 5 years) in the craft of designing the correct configuration (panel width/height, number of panels per opening & louver size that best fits your situation) for your window(s). Also be sure that they guarantee their measuring to be accurate. And, last but not least, be sure the installer is an experienced master installer, and preferably is not a sub-contractor but either works directly for the company or has ownership of the company. This step will ensure that all elements - from start to finish - are done correctly. ONE missing element could lead to disaster!
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