Thursday, August 14, 2014

Shutters? Blinds? Shades?

Why should you buy shutters rather than other treatments?

Shutters are not just another purchase but are an investment in your home.


It used to be that shutters were the most expensive window treatment that you could buy. Not any more.  It's a fact that wood shutters last longer and are more versatile than any other window treatment.   The price increases on fabrics over the last few years have made them a better purchase value.  Shutters are simply the finest in window treatments.  Realtors say they increase the selling value of the home and ease of resale.  but - if you take the time to educate yourself, you will find that all shutters are not of the same quality of either materials or workmanship.  Quality and attention detail varies a great deal between manufacturers.

Visit our Showroom Factory.  Visit Arizona Shutters and Blinds, here in the North Phoenix and Scottsdale area because we will educate you on what to look for when you shop for shutters and why ours is the best!  An investment in a showroom is assurance that a company has made a serious commitment to their business.  A showroom is the only way to see what your shutters will look like.  No one pays more attention to all the details than Arizona Shutters and Blinds!

Then, visit the showroom of any competition you are considering.  If you compare our product going out the door, you will find a better finish and higher quality wood and craftsmanship.  We also sell other window treatments and fashions.

Why should you buy WOOD shutters?

There is a look and feel to wood that the faux or polywood shutters simply can't compare to.  The fit and finish where the joints meet are put together before they are painted so the corners are finished much nicer.

Some facts about faux shutters:

  • Sell for as much or more than our custom wood shutter.
  • Since plastics and poly wood have a static charge, they attract more dust.
  • Claims made by faux shutter sellers about not warping or yellowing over time are suspect as well.

You wouldn't go into a nice furniture store and ask to see their best faux wood dining room set!  Leave the plastic on the patio and use the wood in the home.  Shutters are furniture for your window.  We can get the faux products as easily as other people but we have found that the better grades of the synthetic shutters cost more than the cheaper grade ones.  Our wood shutters can be a better value than even the better built synthetic wood shutters.

Let's talk about Grade of Wood...

Back to comparing wood shutters!  The grade of wood is important.  We use the best grade because it is straighter and has fewer knots, blemishes and truly makes a nicer, more "problem free" shutter.  Arizona Blinds and Shutters doesn't use a building method that most others use called "finger jointing".  It is not obvious at first but shows up later in life.

find out where and how they are built.  Arizona Shutters and Blinds is a manufacturer of custom wood shutters.  Our trade name clearly states that we are the Premier Shutter Factory for Arizona.  We build them right here in Phoenix with the finest materials available.

The building process....

First we use "Select and better" grade kiln dried wood (to resist warping and shrinking).  We use Basswood for our painted shutters and your choice of Basswood or Alder for stain shuttters.  We use those woods because they are resistant to warping and shrinking in our climate.  We use "one piece" thicker and wider stiles for strength, as opposed to the finger joint method used by many of our competitors.  We use wood dowel construction for panel strength.  We then "desert texture" the wood to increase longevity and reduce glare and crazing.  Next we utilize hand built construction by people who are trained in woodworking skills.

Our people here at Arizona Shutters and Blinds own a piece of the comapny using old fashioned quality methods, then they finish them using multi-coats of primer and two top coats of paint, which is specifically formulated for our climate.  Between each layer of undercoats and top coats, the wood is sanded repeatedly.    The paint has UV inhibitors in the paint so your shutters won't fade or yellow over time.

All shutters are not made equal!  Come and closely inspect our products that we are building for our clients.  take the time to do your research or risk being disappointed in your final product.  Our technique will give you less warping problems.

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