Information Page - Shutters

Shutters are constructed from several components, each performing a specific function in the panel.

Louvres

Louvres are the blades or slats that make up the main body of the shutter panel. They are available in a variety of profile sizes and shapes, depending on material type and program. They are offered as an elliptical shape for Woodlore (our Living Room shutters) and Artwood (our Bathroom shutters) 

The elliptical shape provides superior closure and light refraction capabilities compared with the flat louvre shape which gives a more traditional look.

Louvres will only close fully in one direction, and will close to the top of the panel as standard (‘dressed up’). 

 

Louvre Sizes & Louvre Depth Clearances

Our shutters come with 88.9mm louvres that extend 32mm from frame.

 

2 Panel Closing (Astragal)

An Astragal stile is also available for out of square openings where no framing is required, to cover an uneven gap between panels.

The standard when using Rabbet or Astragal stiles is for the right hand panel to open first.

 

Easy Tilt 

With this option there is no visible tiltrod at all & no mousehole is required.  A special gearing system is manufactured into the stiles of the panel, using a rack & pinion arrangement to allow all of the louvres to operate when one louvre is adjusted by hand.

If an easytilt mechanism is split into 2 pieces and the number of louvres is uneven, more louvres will be attached to the top section than the bottom. If the panel has a divider rail, and the louvre quantity on the top section or bottom section exceeds the maximum louvre quantity, split tilt rods are also required for that section.

Caring For and Cleaning Your Shutters

Care must be taken when cleaning your shutters. Generally dust may be easily brushed off at regular intervals. Tilt the louvres almost all the way in one direction. Using a feather duster, soft cloth, dust mitt, or vacuum cleaner with a soft furniture attachment, clean each louvre individually. Then flip the louvres in the other direction and repeat. This can prevent the dirt from accumulating and damaging the finish if done regularly.

To remove more significant dirt build-up, wipe louvres with a damp cloth. Add mild liquid soap if necessary. Any cleaning product that contains abrasives or caustic components should not be used, as it can adversely affect the finish. We recommend that you NEVER immerse your shutters in water, as this can wear away the paint and cause the wood to warp. Do not apply any furniture polish or wax, as this may also affect the lacquered finish.

The shutters are finished with an Interior paint finish and as such the paint surface will not stand up to getting wet.  Care must be taken not to leave windows open behind the shutters thus allowing them to get wet when it rains.  If this does occur unexpectedly please wipe the shutters down immediately with a soft dry cloth.  If there is water on the window sill then leave the shutter in an open position until both your window sill and the shutter have fully dried out.

Over time any paint surface will break down in the harsh UV rays that your shutter is subjected to in a window.  Your shutters can be repainted as long as the degradation of the paint surface is not too severe.  As soon as you notice the surface starting to break, arrange for the shutters to be removed and resprayed.  There are several paint shops that offer this service. If the paint has cracked and peeled however then moisture will have worked its way into the wood and will repel any new paint applied.

With regular maintenance, your shutters should last and look like new for many years to come.