Getting plantation shutters is a sizeable investment in your home. When done properly, these ageless window treatments will be beautiful for a lifetime. And if you’re considering putting your house on the market soon, premier shutters can make it more attractive to potential buyers.
There are a couple things to keep in mind when you’re looking for the best place to buy plantation shutters. Here are eight questions we recommend asking the contractor you’re thinking about working with.
1. Do You Offer Custom Plantation Shutters?
No two homes or windows are exactly the same, and your window treatments should show that. Ready-made plantation shutters might be less expensive, but they also might not fit your windows as well. This can affect your degree of light control and may even decrease energy efficiency.
At Louver Shop of San Antonio, we do professional measurements at zero cost to ensure your custom shutters will be a good fit. Also, you’ll get to design the right shutters for your home by selecting the louver size, frame style, color and more.
2. Where Are Your Plantation Shutters Manufactured?
Plantation shutters that are built overseas are typically less expensive, but there are some disadvantages. First, you never know precisely what level of quality you’ll receive. And second, they might need several months to reach your doorstep. Louver Shop of San Antonio makes all our shutters at our plant in Gainesville, Georgia. Not only can you be sure you’re receiving quality shutters, you’ll also have them much more quickly. In some situations, this can be as soon as just a few weeks.
3. What About Material and Paint Quality?
The materials and paint used in your shutters can affect how long they last and even your well-being. Poor quality shutters, mainly vinyl models, are usually hollow. This can cause them to sag over time. And these shutters could be manufactured with high amounts of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which can infiltrate the air as time passes. Certain people are affected by these substances and could experience headaches, in addition to eye, nose and throat irritation.
Whether you select wood or polymer plantation shutters from Louver Shop of San Antonio, you can feel good knowing they’re made from American-sourced materials that are safe for your loved ones. We use furniture-grade wood and a proprietary polymer that’s highly energy efficient. And we finish our shutters with water-based paints and stains that are non-toxic and low in VOCs.
4. Is a Lot of Maintenance Necessary?
Louver Shop of San Antonio shutters are made to perform for years, with little to no service needed other than light cleaning. Bargain shutters might have staples that fall out or have louvers that constantly need the tension adjusted to operate properly.
5. Does It Include a Warranty?
The best plantation shutters come with an iron-clad warranty. You’re making a big investment in your house, so you should have peace of mind the company you get them through will back its work. Our Louver Shop of San Antonio limited lifetime warranty includes lifetime coverage on moving parts, workmanship and the painted finish. You can be sure your plantation shutters will perform for a lifetime without yellowing, cracking or sagging.
6. What Do Past Customers Say?
Do your research on the company you’re thinking about ordering plantation shutters from. How long have they been in business? What do their customers say about them online?
Louver Shop of San Antonio got started long ago specializing in plantation shutters and offering an excellent customer service experience. We keep talking about what sets us apart, but we like to let our actions speak for themselves through our customer reviews.
7. What Kind of Customer Service Do You Provide?
Creating custom plantation shutters can take a lot of time. Our Louver Shop of San Antonio designers live in your community, so they’re merely a text message away. When you partner with us, we’re with you every step of the way, kicking off with a free, in-home consultation where you can see shutter samples up close from the comfort of your couch. There’s no obligation to order, just access to free expert advice. We’ll also do custom measurements and professional installation.
8. Are There Any Last-Minute Expenses?
When you purchase new shutters, you should know exactly how much you’ll be paying. There shouldn’t be any undisclosed costs or surprise charges. Louver Shop of San Antonio gives you a Complete Comfort Pricing™ quote so you’ll know precisely how much your plantation shutters cost. Your consultation, measurements and professional installation are all included with your quote.
Start Making Your Plantation Shutters with Louver Shop of San Antonio Today
At Louver Shop of San Antonio, we think the best plantation shutters brand is one that’s produced in the U.S. from top materials, is backed by an exceptional warranty and is accompanied by even more superior customer service. These are the values we founded our company on and continue to stick to today. With your vision and our expertise, we’re sure to make plantation shutters that will be beautiful for years. Contact us at 888-428-1415 to book your free consultation today!