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Good

  • The shutter is 100% of the same timber species, measuring at least 540 on the Janka hardness scale.
  • A high quality paint finish like a 2-pack polyurethane paint which gives a flawless appearance. Similar to high-end cabinetry paint.
  • Painted shutters should have minimum of 5 years warranty
  • The timber for stained shutters is hand selected to choose the best and most even grains.
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Inferior

  • The shutter uses a laminated timber veneer over laminated strips of other timbers. Confirm the shutter is 100% of the one timber species.
  • Inferior Nitro Cellulosic paint that gives an uneven finish and doesn't last.
  • Painted shutters with warranties less than 5 years
  • Timber for stained shutters is not hand selected and gives uneven grains

Designer Insights

  • Vicmar Buyser 

    Vicmar Buyser

    Landscape Architect

    What's Hot in Aluminium Shutters: Wood Grain

    Tuesday, June 17, 2014

    The hottest trend I have seen emerge in aluminium shutters is the wood grain look, and I am right on board.  Similar to the design movement we are seeing in the interior of houses in which colour is the hero instead of whites, the outdoor aluminium shutter is also being seen in forms other than the traditional white plantation iteration. Architects and designers are using the softer appearance of organic materials like wood and stone in their outdoor rooms, on the floors, walls, and in furniture.  

    Walnut is still the most popular colour, probably due to its warmth and ability to complement many other palettes. However the lighter and honey coloured timbers that are making an appearance on the inside of the home, a hot trend in 2014, are also spilling into our outdoor rooms.  The lighter appearance of knotty pine aluminium shutters are a stylish and striking finish for asian inspired rooms, coastal styles, and retro designs. I personally like the interesting texture the knots make to larger panels, which allows me to make the aluminium shutter more of a feature in the room, rather that an element that blends into insignificance.

    Weatherwell Elite have the best wood grain colours I have seen on the market. Firstly, unlike other aluminium shutters, their timber coloured powder coats have an actual texture and feel like real timber. Secondly their timber grain colours are true powder coats and not liquid bakes, which most other aluminium shutters use. A liquid bake doesn't have the longevity that a true powder coat has, and when I am putting any material into my clients outdoor area it is crucial that it lasts. Weatherwell Elite has a 10 year warranty which is the most generous I have seen.



  • Gloria Parker 

    Gloria Parker

    INTERIOR DESIGNER AND STYLIST

    Prepare for Spring with Aluminium Shutters

    Monday, September 01, 2014

    Goodbye Winter and Hello Spring!


    As the cooler months subside, the jumpers start to come off and those brave enough, (like me) who can not wait to jump into a pair of shorts and sandals again, start to bare our legs to the warmer climate.


    If you're beginning to think about the warmer Spring months ahead; dinner parties, BBQ's with friends, outdoor birthdays, why not do it in style and in comfort and bring the outside and inside closer together with sturdy, customisable Aluminium shutters.


    Aluminium shutters are more durable than timber, sleek in design and completely practical to your outdoor needs. Close them for complete privacy or open them right up for more light, air and space. There are many options to choose from - hinged, bi-fold, , multi-fold, fixed, or sliding, not to mention the custom colours and wraps that are available. There is generally not a space or window that shutters cannot address.


    Look at how this beautiful beach house in Cairns, Queensland transformed with Aluminium shutters. The entire front of the home was completely exposed to the typical elements of living with beachfront views, not to mention the lack of privacy. With the addition of shutters, privacy is now an option and when those offshore winds start blowing, the lucky owner's of this home can now enjoy their outdoor living areas in more comfort.

    Before: This home's outdoor living areas including furniture, were completely exposed to the elements, rain, wind and damaging UV rays.

    Before: They have amazing views but no privacy!

    After: By installing Aluminium shutters, the owner's can enjoy their living area in private.

    After: Living in comfort and style, with obvious added value to the home.


    So, if you're thinking of addressing that exposed patio, windy deck area, or simply want to renovate that outdoor space into something highly practical and beautiful, be sure to investigate Aluminium shutters. They offer a wealth of possibilities:


    • They bring the outside in

    • Provide privacy

    • Provide security

    • Hard wearing in high-use and wet areas

    • Adds value to your home

  • Mirabella Jones 

    Mirabella Jones

    Resident Design Expert

    Why I love shutters for privacy

    Monday, May 05, 2014

    Plantation shutters can be divided in to two halves by a mid rail, which not only looks lovely, but allows you to operate the louvres independently. This gives me the ultimate window covering for privacy. I can close the bottom louvres to keep out prying eyes, but keep the top louvres open to allow in the glorious light. And if you want a more contemporary feel and want a plantation shutter without a mid rail you can opt for split rotation where the louvers are operated by two different control bars. It’s a perfect solution for the front rooms in the home that have a street view.

    Timber Plantation Shutters with a mid rail offer flexible privacy


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