Installing plantation shutters is a major investment in your home. When done correctly, these classic window treatments can last a lifetime. And if you’re thinking about selling your home soon, quality shutters can make it more attractive to potential buyers.
There are some things to keep in mind when you’re looking for the best place to buy plantation shutters. Here are eight questions we recommend asking the company you’re thinking about working with.
1. Do You Offer Custom Plantation Shutters?
No two homes or windows are the same, and your window treatments should reflect that. Ready-made plantation shutters might be lower-priced, but they also might not fit your windows as well. This can compromise your amount of light control and may even decrease energy efficiency.
At Louver Shop, we do professional measurements at no extra charge to ensure your custom shutters will be a great fit. Plus, you’ll get to create the right shutters for your home by choosing the louver size, frame style, color and more.
2. Where Are Your Plantation Shutters Manufactured?
Plantation shutters that are made overseas are often cheaper, but there are some drawbacks. First, you never know exactly what level of quality you’ll get. And second, they can take several months to arrive. Louver Shop manufactures all our shutters at our plant in Gainesville, Georgia. Not only can you be confident you’re receiving quality shutters, you’ll also get them much more quickly. In some cases, this can be within 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 health. Lower-quality shutters, especially vinyl ones, are often hollow. This can cause them to lose their shape over time. And these shutters may be made with high amounts of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which can be released into the air over time. Some people are sensitive to these chemicals and may experience headaches, along with eye, nose and throat irritation.
Whether you choose wood or polymer plantation shutters from Louver Shop, you can feel good knowing they’re made from top-quality materials that are safe for your family. We use furniture-grade wood and an exclusive polymer that’s extremely energy efficient. And we finish 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 shutters are designed to perform for years, with very little maintenance required other than light cleaning. Cheaper shutters may have staples that pull out or have louvers that constantly need the tension adjusted to perform correctly.
5. Is There a Warranty?
The best plantation shutters are backed by an iron-clad warranty. You’re making a big investment in your home, so you should have peace of mind that the company you order them through will stand behind its work. Our Louver Shop limited lifetime warranty includes lifetime coverage on moving parts, workmanship and the painted finish. You can feel confident your plantation shutters will perform for years without yellowing, cracking or sagging.
6. What’s Your Company’s Reputation?
Do research on the company you’re thinking about ordering plantation shutters from. How long have they been in business? What do their customers say about them online?
Louver Shop began specializing in plantation shutters and providing an outstanding 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 Offer?
Designing custom plantation shutters can be a time-intensive process. Our Louver Shop designers live in your community, so they’re just a text message away. When you work with us, we’re with you every step of the way, beginning with a free, in-home consultation where you can see shutter samples up close from the comfort of your living room. There’s no obligation to buy, just access to free expert advice. We’ll also take care of custom measurements and professional installation.
8. Are There Any Hidden Fees?
When you order new shutters, you should know exactly how much you’ll be paying. There shouldn’t be any hidden costs or last-minute charges. Louver Shop gives you a Complete Comfort Pricing™ quote so you’ll know just how much your plantation shutters cost. Your consultation, measurements and professional installation are all included in your quote.
Start Designing Your Plantation Shutters with Louver Shop Today
At Louver Shop, we think the best plantation shutters brand is one that’s made in the United States from quality materials, is backed by an outstanding warranty and is accompanied by even better customer service. These are the values we began our company on and continue to follow today. With your vision and our expertise, we’re sure to create plantation shutters that you’ll love for years. Call us at 888-249-5655 to schedule your free consultation today!