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What To Watch For When Buying Custom Shutters For Your Home

Aug 17, 2007
When considering the purchase of shutters for their homes, many consumers are attracted to companies who claim to sell ones that are custom made. This may seem like a good idea, but the truth may actually surprise you. While many firms are able to offer their customers custom-made shutters, what they are actually offering are custom-made interior shutters. This type of shutter is manufactured by taking a prefabricated shutter panel, resizing it by cutting it down to the required dimensions and attaching hinges to complete the shutter panel.

As a general rule, if this method is used, a customer will likely find that the blind will not fit the window properly. The shutters may well be out of proportion in relation to the size of the window and depending on the amount that was cut off in the resizing process, the shutter panels themselves may be compromised.

Shutters manufactured with man made materials are normally constructed with certain standard components. These components, the stiles, rails, and louvers, would then be trimmed to the desired dimensions. The goal here is to get them to the consumer in a timely manner. In this case, the product may not fit the window properly and the shutter may not be in proper proportion to the window.

One can also deal with a company that offers custom shutters, in which case the shutters are manufactured to the dimensions of each particular window. While you would think that this option would ensure a more visually-pleasing product, in reality, this may not be the case. The curb appeal of one's home is very important and there is absolutely no room for inferior workmanship.

Even in the case of custom-made shutters, some components, namely the stiles and rails, are designed so the specifications are identical throughout the customer's home or office. The result is that even though the customer is under the impression that the shutters are being manufactured specifically to fit their windows, this is not entirely accurate.

When you get to the point that you are ready to purchase shutters for your home, be sure to steer clear of so-called custom-made shutters. The best course of action in this case is to measure your windows to determine what size you require, and then go to the store and get your new shutters in the appropriate dimensions.

By following this course of action, you will ensure that you purchase the blinds best suited to your needs. With the choices now available to consumers, it is possible to match a specific element of the decor of your home; you are not limited to either an exterior or interior element of style. With very little effort, you can own the shutters that you have pictured in your mind, and you can rest assured that you will have them on your own terms.
About the Author
Gregg Hall is an author living in Navarre Beach, Florida. Find more about this as well as window shutters at http://www.shutters-plus.com
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