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Know what you are buying

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.
VS

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

    Shutters… So versatile!

    Tuesday, June 03, 2014

    Out of the numerous window treatment solutions I could choose from, including curtains, blinds, awnings and venetians – Shutters is by far the only choice for me.

    Why? Quite simply for the versatility in design and function.

    Right now, the current trend in shutters is to go bright and bold. Traditionally shutters have been neutral whites and natural wood finishes but more and more homeowners are embracing their adventurous side and choosing bright and bold colours to enhance the style and mood of any room.

    The beautiful thing about shutters is that not only can you customise to the colour you choose; they also provide that functional aspect that we all want – privacy, light management and insulation. Choose from fixed, hinged, multi-fold, bi-fold and sliding shutters. There is a shutter for almost every size and type of window.

    Regardless of what colour or type of shutter you choose, shutters can quite literally transform your living space into one you will absolutely love.

  • 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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