Make no mistake. Plantation Shutters can add value to your home. They are often mentioned in advertising by real estate agents as a feature of homes. They are a premium product that can add value to your home as well as be fantastic insulation in both Summer and Winter.
There are some companies that advertise a square metre price on shutters to hook you in. Apart from obvious quality and brand variables there are other costs involved including installation, certain framing, tracking and access. A decent quality plantation shutter can cost between $400 and $500 a square metre including everything.
Make no mistake. There are plantation shutters advertised for $250 a square metre on the Central Coast. Be careful. There are huge quality variances in Shutters on the Central Coast. Particularly PVC. These are the ones we replace a year or two later. Some of the really cheap ones are not treated with UV protection (which you think would be obvious for something that is going to be sitting in a window). Some are hollow and made of inferior quality. A karate chop from a playful child and the shutter lourve is ruined. Some are brought in from overseas and then glued together. The first sign of a hot Summers day or a window that faces the hot western afternoon sun and the shutters may yellow, or warp. Some plantation shutters are not coated properly and use inferior paint that has harmful VOCs emitting from them.
If you are serious about planation shutters adding value to your Central Coast home it is best to get an on site inspection and quote. They are one of the more expensive window furnishing and you want to get it right.
Yes. But you have a few choices to make for your plantation shutters. Sliding Shutters move along on a track. The track can carry the weight on the bottom or the top. (we prefer it to hold it on the bottom, but its your choice). The type of track will depend on your floor covering. Will it be going on carpet or a hard floor? There are different options for both.
The next choice you need to make is how many panels you would like sliding across. Most of our Central Coast customers choose two tracks and slide the Shutter panels along. However if your sliding door opening is extra wide, the panels may not be wide enough as many panels having a maximum width of 900mm. We have options around this and can discuss it with you on site.
The last choice is how you would like the shutter blades to be when you open and close the shutter. Would you like the shutter lourve blades to be in the open position or the closed position when you sllide the shutters open and closed.
If the blades are in the close position then the Plantation Shutters will protrude less into the room. However, you need to remember to close the shutter lourves every time you want to open and close the shutter. This can be a little tricky with young children around. We have a sliding shutter configuration on display in the showroom on the Central Coast and can show you how that works.
Most PVC or Synthetic Shutters are imported these days. Shutters are a labour intensive product and the Australian made ones can often add up to double the cost.
However, there are definately better quality versions and brands of imported Plantation Shutters. At Premier Shades we have access to a competitively priced Australian made Aluminium Shutters as well as various brands of imported Basswood, Painted Basswood, PVC, Synthetic, and Cedar Plantation Shutters. We have most of them on display in in our showroom at Wyoming.
We have access to a great range of Australian made sythetic and Aluminium Plantation Shutters. for our Central Coast customers. Some are sourced from Queensland and others from Newcastle.
As an independant Central Coast business ( we are not part of any Blind franchise, carpet chain, rug chain, etc) we can buy whatever brand or qualty we want. We have access to many brands and qualities and have found really realiable imported Shutter products and companies to deal with. Our staff are constantly getting trained in the latest trends in Shutters and our customers often remark to us that we were the only ones who seemed to know what was going on.
Some of the cheaper PVC Shutters are not coated in the correct UV stabiliser to withstand hot windows. They may warp or yellow in the hot sun.
Some franchisee suppliers in carpet companies and rug companies are locked into just 1 brand, beware if they tell you all PVC Shutters are the same - they are not.
Beware, Plantation Shutters sold by out of area and out of mobile vans. We have heard terrible stories of bad quality and no back up services, even if they have a glossy brochure.
At Premier Shades we mainly supply a premium PVC Synthetic Plantation Shutter - Thermopoly 25 as we have had very few issues with quality
At Premier Shades we can also get access to cheaper PVC Plantation Shutters.
If price is your main consideration, we will advice you the fors and against of each product so you can decide.
Often the cheaper PVC has limited width capacity. You may need to do more panels of shutters to fit your window. Just check first.
We have many of the PVC Plantation Shutters on display in our showroom,
They are displayed in either panels or actually fitted to windows. Come take a look and compare the difference.
"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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