grade Linden (Bass) for all component parts except Control Rods which
are Select and Better grade Tulip tree (poplar). Tulip is stiffer
which is important to minimize flex in the control rod and holds the
staples better which is mainly a concern on the control rod due to
the shorter length of the staple in the control rod. Linden is lighter
than Tulip which is also a benefit in a carefully designed installation.
FAS grade Linden. Very important is the milling
process. We mill ours from a solid piece of 4-quarter stock (meaning
a 1" thick piece of wood yields one length of louver). Most
companies save money by using split 5-quarter (Meaning a 1 1/4"
thick piece of wood cut into two 9/16" thin pieces yielding
two louvers for almost the price of one.) Our method provides much
thicker and straighter louvers. The split 5-quarter method generates
many thin warped and twisted louvers which can only be utilized
by blending them together with other louvers of similar shape in
a single panel rendering the defect less noticeable. Also many very
warped louvers are discarded using the split 5-quarter method which
& STILES Full 1 1/8"
stock thickness (15/16" is industry standard). Stiles are 1
1/8"x2 1/4" (15/16" x 1 15/16" is industry standard).
Rails are custom sized for each opening as they relate to each other
and/or size and proportion of panel dimensions.
Each rail/stile joint is created using the latest double biscuit
joining method, lots of water proof glue and reinforced with two
3" long zinc plated wood deck screws. Obvious paint crack concerns
completely eliminated. (Production tenon joint with staples or dowel
construction without reinforcement screws is industry standard,
risking joint cracks over time.)
Heavy gage 3" tall hanging hinges, 2 1/2"
tall heavy gage inner panel hinges with 1" screws. (Light gage
2 1/2" hanging and inner panel hinges with 5/8" screws
is industry standard, risking install sag over time.) We also have
aselection of our different shutter catches to suit any type of
100% Environmentally safer Acrylic Polymer water base finish with
80% fewer VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) content then lacquer paint.
(Industry standard is lacquer which is a known carcinogen, depletes
the ozone and AQMD has been trying to outlaw for over 10 years.) Lacquer
is not only 40% cheaper to buy but cheaper to apply. However lacquer
yellows within 6 months and has a tendency to crack. Very stinky too.
Our finish has 1 sealer coat, 6 prime coats, 6 top coats with 3 sanding
stages between. Our finish is twice as heavy as the industry standard
which is why all the grain is filled to create a furniture quality
installation carried out by English speaking staff installers, bonded
and insured. (Industry standard, unlicensed, uninsured contract
KIT Includes lambs wool duster, screw driver for louver tension
device. Can of environmentally safer touch up paint, paint brush,
cloth for cleaning. Comes in handy storage case. (Industry standard
is simply a small can of toxic lacquer touch up paint.
warranty on construction, installation and finish. (Lifetime defined
as: "As long as you own your home and live there.") Non
transferrable and void on rental, commercial properties or if product
has been removed from original mount temporarily or otherwise. Also
void if exposed to moisture. Covers warping, cracking, splitting,
sagging and staples. Warranty does not imply your shutters will
look new for a lifetime only that they will age gracefully under
normal wear and tear. Shutters must appear to have been regularly
cleaned. We recommended "Murphy's Oil Soap - Spray Solution"
applied with a soft cloth to preserve the finish.
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