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Our Window Plantation Shutters are manufactured by the world leader in plantation shutter production utilising a combination of state of the art manufacturing with hand crafted finishing touches.
The wood utilised in our hardwood plantation shutters is stored for 6 months before kiln drying to allow the wood to settle before being treated.
Unlike the majority of shutter manufacturers our wood is in a controlled drying facility. The wood is specifically dried to take into account the climate of the country to which the shutters will be exported. This is very important as these shutters are manufactured for installation in climates as varied as Alaska and Australia. By utilising these methods frame warping is greatly reduced.
The stiles are the side bars of the shutter panels. Rather than producing these as solid pieces we cut the wood into strips which are then bonded back together in opposing layers for greater strength. This has the effect of breaking the capillaries that run through wood through which moisture travels. This and the strength of the bonding agent ensures that our panels are unlikely to warp and will give you years of enjoyment.
We use mortise and tenon joints between the rail and the stile. These are far stronger than dowel joints and will minimise movement between these elements. Movement means cracking in the paint or stain finish and this will spoil the aesthetic look of the shutters. Again just in case there is some movement we engineer the Shutter panels with an additional grooved overlap that ensures any movement is handled by this expansion joint.
The high quality, proprietary paint system is developed specifically for Cheshire Window Shutters. Cheaper plantation shutters use cheaper paints and stains and utilise less coats. We use 6 coats of paint or stain. The final layer is a clear lacquer with UV additive to ensure that the shutters we supply are less susceptible to fading and yellowing.
We also use quality marine grade stainless steel staples to attach our tilt rods to our shutters. In addition the tips of the staples are coated in a bonding agent to make sure they remain secure for years to come.
Not only does this give you the choice of framing your window and utilising the style of frame to match your décor/style but it also gives a much stronger and appropriate fit for ease of installation.