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Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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, with our ‘Warwick’ Range, for example, you can get a lot of shutter for your money.

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.

The ‘Worcester’ range is made from a timber which is sometimes called Parasol wood. It is a very light hardwood and has a laminated core similar to the ‘Warwick’ Range. The timber goes through many processes before it becomes a shutter. Our engineered ‘Warwick’ Range is made from a composite of many materials and is totally maintenance free.

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.

View the Shutter Colour section of this site for a full list of colours and stains that are available for each shutter range.

Our factory is a member of the FSC – The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international non-profit, multi-stakeholder organisation established in 1993 to promote responsible management of the world’s forests. The FSC does this by setting standards on forest products, along with certifying and labeling them as eco-friendly.

Our Parasol wood is made from a laminated constructed wood. It grows in sub tropical areas of the southern states of the USA, China and Japan. It is a very fast growing tree reaching full height in about 15 years; ideal for farming.

It is a hardwood but very light. We treat it with a special secret process to make it that light but it still has a very hard skin.

MDF is our most eco-friendly product because no trees at all have been cut down to make this product.

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.

Yes, it does all of those things because it’s natural.

Cedar can warp in very rare occurrences like any wood but is less prone to do so than virtually any other timber we know of. We do give you a guarantee though against significant warping. See our terms and conditions. Similarly Cedar can shrink and does but also very little and we always advise fitting tight in the first instance. Shutters can quite easily be adjusted should this occur as it is never that much but it is probably better to leave them as they can just as easily swell again should the humidity increase.

Wood is a natural material and with its inconsistencies delivers pleasure. We do make perfect shutters because the market today expects perfect manufacture. Rustic looks are so because they are products made in rustic environments with basic tools and little technology, or badly/cheaply made or specifically finished to look that way. If you want an aged look then you can add it later, order it specially or just wait until it happens naturally. In fact within a week or two they develop a more lived in look and your decor adds character by proxy too.

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.

Our Shutter Ranges

MDF

Basswood

Parasol wood

Waterproof

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Plantation shutters are louvred panels fixed either inside or outside windows and doors.
Solid Shutters are panels that have no louvers. They were originally installed in reveal boxes.
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.
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