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There are many advantages to choosing a quality Synthetic Plantation Shutters. The main advantage is a quality Synthetic Shutters is ideal for wet areas as well as many areas of your home. Many Synthetic Shutters have extended warranties up to 25 years, whereas wooden plantation shutters often have a 5 year warranty. The other advantage is some Synthetic Shutters are cheaper than wooden Shutters. I have personally used Thermopoly Shutters in my own home with a combination of Timber shutters and have recommended them to friends. and YES, THEY LOOK THE SAME.
Myths about TIMBER Plantation Shutters: Timber Plantation shutters do not warp or bend. They are ideal for shaped windows and can be painted with quality paint or stained to nice woodgrain finishes. This gives the customer lots more options and choices.
The quality brand - Thermopoly Shutters are a premium brand of Synthetic plantation shutters and are often the same price as wooden plantation Shutters. They have an aluminium rod through the centre, are solid throughout and are correctly treated with the correct UV stabilisers. They are quite suitable for all windows, including hot western windows that get the hot afternoon sun. They offer great insulation in both winter and summer and seem to make your air conditioning a lot more efficient.
Thermopoly Shutters look practically the same as wooden shutters. You can often only tell the different by the weight. The cheaper synthetic plantation shutters may look similar from the front, but you can tell they are plastic by the way they are finished off on the end of the louvers blades. The cheaper synthetic shutters sound different when they are tapped and feel different to touch.
The only other limitation with Synthetic Shutters is they have limited framing options. Timber shutters offer over 10 framing options including the really ornate frames, whereas Synthetic plantation shutters might only offer 3-4. However they are often the most popular framing options anyway and I have not seen it limit our customers choices. Synthetic/PVC Plantation Shutters are often limited by their width per panel. This means you may need to go to 3-4 panels per window, rather than 2. It may not be the look you want for that window or that room and can sometimes be too many shutter panels in the window. That is where a mix of timber and sythetic plantation shutters can work well in a house. Especailly if its a quality sythentic plantation shutter.
Synthetic shutters usually have a limited width span, some of the cheaper ones as low as 550mm (less than 2 foot). A wooden plantation shutter can have a maximum width of 950mm. What this means is if you have big windows you will need more shutter panels to cover the expanse. This may or may not be the look you like, as the most popular look is one shutter panel per window pane. Often clients choose timber shutters for this reason. Synthetic Shutter are also heavier than Wooden Plantation Shutters which means if they are big windows (in height as well), the hinges may not handle the weight of the shutter as well as the lighter wooden plantation shutter.
Wooden Shutters are able to be made into many different types of shapes. If you have a shaped window, wooden shutters would be your best option. Certain premium wooden shutters with polyurethane paint can be put in wet areas like bathrooms as long as there is no direct water near them. They are ok with the moisture of the room. However, a quality synthetic shutter and a quality wooden shutter look very similar, so there is no reason to not put wooden shutters through your house and synthetic shutters in a bathroom.
Quality Issues: Just like all products there are different qualities and brands when it comes to Wooden Shutters. The cheaper Wooden Shutters are made of composite wood that is glued together. MDF wood is similar to what is used in bathroom draws, or commonly referred to as biscuit wood. If there is one small hole in the paint and the shutters get wet, the composite wood will swell up and burst. These cheaper brands will often warn you to not leave your window open or you will void your warranty. The better quality shutters use timber like Basswood and are painted with 2 pac polypropylene paint.
"We would like to pass on our appreciation to you for the efficient and friendly service provided by your staff in fulfilling our order for plantation shutters for the whole house. the guys who installed the plantation shutters were courteous and professional and completed the work within 4 hours. Would happily recommend your business to anyone considering such a purchase"
Dave and Rachel. Woongarrah.
"Thank you for the card and yes I am very pleased indeed with my plantation shutters, they have transformed the look of our house and rooms seem larger and lighter. We have had a lot of favourable comments too from the neighbours.
I would also like to thank the team at Premier for their excellent service from the quoting, measuring and fitting, we look forward to doing business again if we decide to get something else done"
Tina and Colin. Bateau Bay.
"Professional, knowledgeable, reasonably priced. A pleasure to do business with."
Lucinda. Avoca Beach
"Would just like to thank all at Premier Shades for the professional service and quality Plantation shutters which you recently installed. The shop staff were especially helpful and knowledgeable, even taking the time to provide us with an on the spot estimate.The installer, Brian, was courteous, professional and very competent and we are so pleased with the finished product......excellent all round.
Phil and Katy (Green Point)
"A belated 'thank you' Premier Shades for the great job you did with our shutters & blinds. You have given our home a whole new look with which we are extremely happy. The customer service you provided throughout the whole process was great and your after service is excellent. Have already recommended you to others and will continue to do so".
Leah Turner | Bateau Bay
"I had pretty big windows and that had odd corners. We had just moved into a new house and they had old verticals in there. The shutters have really made a difference. I'm noticing the have given us a lot more privacy and insulation and all my friends and new neighbours have noticed how much better the house looks. Premier Shades was easy to deal with and let me do finance to pay it off"
Jessica H. | Woy Woy
"Good price; not the cheapest but you get what you pay for and I got a lot. The fit up is excellent; courteous staff/ spot on tradesman and very well mannered. Installed on time not one ounce of trouble ... well done Premier Shades !! I would definitely recommend them"
R. Cook. (Ourimbah)
"Thank you Premier Shades, we just love our beautiful Plantation Shutters.
From the measure/quote, to the installation, everything was done brilliantly. Jim and Sharon provided the quote and measure and gave us very helpful advice on products along the way. Brian installed the shutters - he was very professional and respectful of our new house and did a fantastic job. It's great to see a local Aussie company being a leading industry specialist. Premier Shades are very much client focused - ensuring a positive outcome and great customer service.
Thank you for making the whole experience so easy from start to finish. I would not hesitate to recommend your company to family and friends"
M & L OBrien. (Wamberal)
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