Purchasing plantation shutters is a big investment in your home. When done correctly, these classic window treatments will work for a lifetime. And if you’re considering putting your house on the market soon, premier shutters can make it more attractive to possible buyers.
There are some details to think over when you’re looking for the best place to buy plantation shutters. Here are eight questions we recommend asking the manufacturer you’re thinking about working with.
1. Do You Make Custom Plantation Shutters?
No two residences or windows are exactly the same, and your window treatments should reflect that. Premade plantation shutters might be cheaper, but they also might not fit your windows properly. This can compromise your level of light control and might even reduce energy efficiency.
At Louver Shop of Austin, we provide professional measurements at zero cost to ensure your custom shutters will be a fantastic fit. In addition, you’ll get to design the right shutters for your home by choosing the louver thickness, frame style, color and more.
2. Where Are Your Plantation Shutters Manufactured?
Plantation shutters that are built overseas are often less expensive, but there are some negatives. First, you never know exactly what level of quality you’ll get. And second, they might need several months to show up. Louver Shop of Austin makes all our shutters at our plant in Gainesville, Georgia. Not only can you be positive you’re getting quality shutters, you’ll also receive them much faster. In some situations, this can be as soon as just a few weeks.
3. What About Material and Paint Quality?
The materials and paint used in your shutters can affect how long they last and even your well-being. Poor quality shutters, mainly vinyl ones, are often hollow. This can cause them to lose their shape as the years pass. And these shutters might be made with high levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which can leak into the air as time passes. Some people are susceptible to these gases and may get headaches, in addition to eye, nose and throat irritation.
Whether you select wood or polymer plantation shutters from Louver Shop of Austin, you can feel good knowing they’re crafted from premium materials that are safe for your family. We use furniture-grade wood and a proprietary polymer that’s very energy efficient. And we complete our shutters with water-based paints and stains that are non-toxic and low in VOCs.
4. Is a Lot of Maintenance Required?
Louver Shop of Austin shutters are made to perform for many years, with very little upkeep required except for regular cleaning. Cheaper shutters may have staples that pull out or have louvers that constantly need the tension adjusted to perform right.
5. Does It Come with a Warranty?
The best plantation shutters come with an iron-clad warranty. You’re making a large investment in your home, so you should get peace of mind the company you purchase them through will back its work. Our Louver Shop of Austin limited lifetime warranty comes with lifetime coverage on moving parts, workmanship and the painted finish. You can feel confident your plantation shutters will perform for a long time without yellowing, cracking or sagging.
6. What Do Past Customers Say?
Do your research on the company you’re considering purchasing plantation shutters from. How long have they been making shutters? What do their customers say about them on review sites?
Louver Shop of Austin started long ago specializing in plantation shutters and offering an excellent customer service experience. We could go on about what sets us apart, but we like to let our actions speak for themselves through our customer reviews.
7. What Kind of Customer Service Do You Provide?
Creating custom plantation shutters can take a lot of time. Our Louver Shop of Austin designers are part of your community, so they’re only a text message away. When you work with us, we’re here to support you from beginning to end, starting with a free, in-home consultation where you can see shutter samples up close from the comfort of your couch. There’s no obligation to order, just access to free expert recommendations. We’ll also handle custom measurements and professional installation.
8. Are There Any Undisclosed Costs?
When you buy new shutters, you should know just how much you’ll be paying. There shouldn’t be any hidden costs or eleventh-hour charges. Louver Shop of Austin gives you a Complete Comfort Pricing™ quote so you’ll know exactly how much your plantation shutters cost. Your consultation, measurements and professional installation are all included with your quote.
Start Creating Your Plantation Shutters with Louver Shop of Austin Today
At Louver Shop of Austin, we think the best plantation shutters brand is one that’s produced in the United States from premium materials, comes with an outstanding warranty and is accompanied by even better customer service. These are the values we started our company on and continue to follow today. With your vision and our expertise, we’re positive to make plantation shutters that will perform for years. Call us at 888-428-1415 to schedule your free consultation now!