Plantation shutters are louvred panels fixed either inside or outside windows and doors. They originated in America and the West Indies and date back to before the American Civil War. The term Ante Bellum means pre-war and is used to describe a style of plantation shutters and are the one that we supply.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Solid Shutters are panels that have no louvers. They were originally installed in reveal boxes in pre-Edwardian houses and were used a couple of times a year, almost always when the owners decamped for the season. They were not designed to be opened and shut daily, like our present designs, and that is why so few remain today.
Solid shutters come in a raised style which can be featured on the front and back of the panel. They are available in our Parasol wood range.
All our shutters are manufactured and hand finished by master craftsmen to fit individual openings. We estimate 10 weeks from the date of the order and receipt of the deposit.
We believe we know the shutters market really well and always offer you a really great deal, so we hope we’ll already have given you the most competitive price.
However, we also know that other businesses make special offers and discounts so, if you’ve been offered a better price for equivalent shutters, we’ll be happy to match your written quote and ensure that you enjoy Purely Shutters Limited’s quality products, service, support and advice.
On rare occasions there are companies whose quotes we won’t match. This is because we know that the quality of their shutters, fitting service and aftercare is simply not of the same standard as Purely Shutters Limited. We appreciate that everyone would like to stretch their budget a little further but we hope you understand that we cannot match the prices of inferior products and services.
We always recommend that you have your shutters fitted by one of our experienced fitters.
You can fit yourself and we will supply you with shutters to your exact measurements. There are many ways to fit shutters and there is no one way that is better than another. You may fit them inside the reveal, the most common way in the UK, or on the edge of the reveal or outside the reveal.
Frames are used extensively these days and they do certainly offer a number of benefits. However, UK housing stock, old or new, is generally brick, block and plastered. The plastering is never straight and batten fitting may be more suitable for out of shape openings. Frames were devised for the US market where the houses are made of timber frames which normally are a lot straighter.
The main difference between frames and battens used to be the hiding of the magnetic catches that hold your shutters straight, however now most companies fit with hidden magnets anyway, even in the header strip battens, it’s just a different look.
We do offer an inside mount L frame now that can be planed to take out some curve in the walls but it may still better to use battens if the curving is severe. Battens can hide a certain amount of out of squareness but they will never straighten out your walls entirely. Talk through the options with our surveyor when they come to see you.
Our shutters are very competitively priced and our range of wooden shutters give options for all budgets.
A shutter panel may look like a door or kitchen unit panel but it has to live in a totally different environment. Normally, a shutter panel fixed inside a window will have to endure some quite extreme variations in heat and humidity. Very often, it may have a radiator underneath it too.
All our shutters are laminated in some way in construction and this is actually more expensive to make than solid timbers. We do this to make a better product. All our finishes are carefully developed to be UV resistant and long-lasting. We don’t use regular domestic paint. If we did, you would have to repaint/varnish your shutters every couple of years.
Shutters can be installed on virtually any window, French door or patio sliding doors. They can also be used effectively as room dividers fitted on tracks. If the window/door opens inwards they can always be mounted outside of the reveal. Bi Pass tracking allows for shutter to slid past each other and is used where there are overhangs preventing the panels from swinging out.
For a quick quote, just measure the width and height of the opening in inches, centimeters or millimeters. For more detailed instructions, see our guide to measuring shutters.
When making your louvre choice, consider the size of the window and the desired effect. Generally, larger windows command a larger louvre size.
The larger the louvre, the more light but the less privacy.
In the USA, most shutters are made with 3.5 (89mm) louvres or larger but, here in Europe, we tend to choose smaller louvres such as 47mm or 64mm.
At your Home Surveyor, your design consultant will show you the range of louvres sizes available and place samples in your windows to help you make your choice.
Our shutters come in a wide range of painted finishes – whites, creams, beiges, greys and pastels. We can also paint your shutters in any bespoke colour of your choice. We also off an extensive range of wood stain and grained finishes. Our Surveyors have a wide range of swatches to help you make your choice.
All of the wood we source for our shutters is FSC certified and we take our responsibility to sustainability very seriously. The FSC is an independent non-profit organisation promoting responsible forest management. It’s their job to see that timber products worldwide come from wood grown, harvested and replanted in a way that doesn’t negatively impact the environment. We work with the FSC to help you do your bit for the planet.
We custom make all of our shutters in the Shandong Province of China, our suppliers are fully compliant with Sedex’s SMETA (Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit) Audit. Our Audits are undertaken by Sedex’s approved auditors Verisio.
Purely Shutters undertakes due diligence when considering taking on new suppliers, and regularly reviews its existing suppliers. We frequently (Covid restrictions allowing) travel to China to meet with our manufacturing partners as do the Verisio auditors. We recognise our responsibility to take a committed approach to slavery and human trafficking pursuant to the Modern Slavery Act of 2015.
Our smallest panel width is 200mm and widest is 750mm, although with larger louver panels we do sometimes go wider but void warp warranty with your permission. Generally a window looks best with 4 panels, two opening as pairs either way. A 3 window bay, however, will usually have 2 panels on the smaller side windows and 4 in the center. All panels will open away from the middle.
There are as many exceptions as there are norms. For instance, a long window with 3 panes of glass, i.e.; 1800mm wide and 1000mm high, would have 6 panels; three folding either way or if you are only going to open them to clean the windows you could easily have just 3 panels.
A lot of the time you will have to consider where the panels are going to fold back to and if there is enough room for this to happen. This is also true where you are fitting inside the reveal next to the window and you will not want the shutters, when open, to protrude into the room too much.
Openings over 2800 generally need a top track, even if not using a top track at this width try to use a light panel such as Stratford or Worcester and fit within a 4 sided frame.
For partitioning or for large windows where tracking is needed at the top to suspend the panels you will really need an even number of panels or they will look odd and not hang from the track properly. Ideally 8 panels or 12 panels for very large openings is best although quite often it is wise to hang even 6 panels from tracking if they are quite large. With the heavier Warwick shutter this is clearly an option to be considered. We do not charge for tracking, it comes in the square metre price for the opening.
In summary, the window will normally dictate the number of panels. If the window is split into two halves you would either have 2 or 4 panels and it follows that if it is three panes then three or six panels will suffice. The vertical dividers of the windows are where the vertical stiles of the shutters should ideally be.
Shutters are a long-term investment for your home and of course a big concern is whether they will warp, expand or fade over time. Wood is a natural material, and its beauty is found in its organic characteristics so you may experience a small amount of movement. You will notice some variation in the stained ranges which accentuate the wood grain.
Our Hardwood shutters and Basswood shutters are solid wood throughout rather than a composite, increasing their durability and rigidity. Several layers of UV protectant paint are then built up to create a durable finish. This paint protects from any fading or yellowing.
Shutters will be fine in a sunny window but we advise that if they are adjacent to a radiator that you avoid it getting too hot as this can lead to warping or damage to the paint surface. Open the windows regularly to keep the shutters ventilated and wipe them down with a dry cloth to keep them looking fantastic.
For humid rooms opt for our Salcombe range of window shutters which are fully waterproof throughout.
We offer a 5-year guarantee on all of our shutters to cover any manufacturing defects or installation issues that occur over time. Should you experience any accidental damage we’re more than happy to help resolve things for you and can offer replacements at a reduced cost.
Shutters are easily cleaned using a feather duster or a damp sponge/soft cloth. Alternatively, you can run a vacuum cleaner over them. The finish shouldn’t need repainting for many years, indeed the ‘Warwick’ shutters are totally maintenance-free and cannot be re-painted anyway.
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