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There are cheaper wooden plantation shutters in the market, which are made of composite wood or waste wood timber that is glued together. MDF wood is similar to what is used in bathroom drawers, 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 lower cost brands will often warn you not to leave your window open or you will void your warranty. The better quality plantation shutters, like the ones at Silver Blinds, use timber like basswood and are painted with two pack polypropylene paint.
The quality brand PVC are often the same price as wooden plantation Shutters. They have an aluminium rod through the center, are solid throughout and are correctly treated with the correct UV stabilizers.
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.
Western Red Cedar :
Western Red Cedar Plantation Shutters are the lightest weight Plantation Shutters on the market.
It is excellent thermal & acoustic properties and is highly moisture-resistant.
Western Red Cedar is used in blinds and shutters because it is a very stable timber. Warping or bowing problems are rare.
Blade size : Basswood : 63mm - 89mm - 114mm
PVC : 89mm
Western Red Cedar : 70mm - 90mm - 115mm
Aluminium : 89mm
Color : Basswood : Plain & Stain
PVC : Plain
Western Red Cedar : Available in wide variety of tones and a range of paint colours
Aluminium : Silver , Black , White , Pearl
Plantation cleaning Instructions
The Plantation Shutters must be cleaned periodically with water and MILD soap ONLY.
After cleaning immediately dry off any water or moisture with a soft cloth.
DO NOT use any hard chemicals or abrasives as this will damage the finish of the shutters.
DO NOT use any ammonia based cleaners as this will damage the finish of the plantation shutters.
When dusting, you may use a soft cloth or feather duster.
Opening & Closing blades :
When opening & closing blades apply two hands to separate blades.
Place one hand on an upper blade and place the other hand on a lower blade and then gently turn the blades open or shut. DO NOT force the blades.
Opening Shutters Panels :
DO NOT slam shutter panel open or shut.
Care must be taken when opening shutter panels.
Hinged Shutters panels :
Place one hand on the bottom rail close to the edge of the shutter, the other hand in a similar position as high up the shutter panel as possible and gently open the shutter panel. Ensure that the outer shutter panel is opened first.
Opening Sliding Shutters Panels :
Ensure that the shutter louvre blades are closed before attempting to open the sliding shutter.
Gently slide the shutter panel open or shut. Ensure the sliding shutter panel is sitting securely on the bottom guide.
Bi Folding Shutters :
Panels should be closed from the pivoting outer panel. Bi-fold shutters have many different configurations including the number of panels and the direction in which they fold. In all cases it is necessary to start with pivoting panel (s) first. Once the shutters are in the fully closed position it is possible to open the blades. For opening (or stacking) the shutters it is necessary to close the blades first. Then the reverse applies.
DO NOT leave windows open during periods of windy or wet weather conditions as winds may blow the shutter panels open, which may cause damage to the shutter panel.
If the shutters are fitted outdoors then shutters should be secured so that they do not get slammed open or closed during windy periods.
Children should be supervised during the operation of shutters.