Half Circle Windows?

I have awesome floor to ceiling windows, but whats with the half circle at the top? What options do I have?

Half Circle Windows?

Half Circle Windows, or Round Top Windows were very popular in the US 20-25 years ago. They are a great touch to any room with tall ceilings and in entry halls. Many times a person will move into a home with round top windows, and find that there are no blinds! These are cool windows, but the sunlight is too much. 

If the previous homeowner took the blinds with them, there are options. There are some different blind options for these type of windows. A basic design is a type of blind that resembles an old hand fan. These are great for minimizing sunlight, are a more cost effective option and come in a variety of materials and colors. 

Another option are the Sunburst Shutters, custom from Kirtz Shutters. This amazing design is perfect for Half Circle Windows. Not only will it be a custom fit for your particular window, but it is also fully functional as well. The curved rod on the Kirtz Sunburst Shutter allows all of the louvers to move together in unison. As with all of Kirtz Shutters, they are completely custom from the design to the color!

If you are wondering about this, and other custom shutters, reach out to the folks at Kirtz Shutters, the best in Oklahoma!

 

Problems with mini blinds

What is a typical make ready step maintenance staff performs when turning an apartment? Replacing the blinds! In this article we will discuss some of the problems with mini blinds, and alternative options.

Problems with mini blinds

Mini blinds were designed with the DIY in mind. They are relatively easy to install, and are a cost effective solution. However, you do get what you pay for in the end, and mini blinds aren’t without their drawbacks.

  • Durability – If you have children, or have seen children with mini blinds, you can imagine! Mini blind slats are quite flimsy, and can be pulled out of place easily. If a slat is bent, it will likely have a permanent crease. Another issue is that the cord can become easily tangled.  Also, if you have pets that like to chew on things, mini blinds make a great chew toy!
  • Cleaning – Constant cleaning is another one of the problems. If dusting is your dream, it will come true if you have mini blinds. They are notorious for collecting dust. Depending on the types of foods you cook, or if someone is a smoker, this could cause discoloration, staining and grease build up.
  • Options – Among these other problems, when it comes to selection, your options are limited. If you have a room with a custom color, it may be difficult to find mini blinds in the color that you need. It’s almost as if you need to pick blinds first, the design the room around that!

However, custom wooden shutters built specifically for your windows, is the best way to go. They do everything mini blinds can do and more. Plus, they’re way more durable. Cleaning is a breeze and the list of options increases dramatically!  Reach out to  the folks a Kirtz Shutters, they are pros at what they do!

Defining Plantation Shutters

Defining Plantation Shutters

We’ve discussed this in our blog before but it has to be talked about every few years as new people come to the conversation. So what is a Plantation Shutter? In every industry you can describe something a number of different ways, and there’s rarely a standard way to do it. It may be easy for someone with a passing familiarity of shutters to mix up what we would call a Traditional Shutter and a Plantation Shutter. A Traditional Shutter refers to a shutter that has smaller panels and a small louver to move them, you’ll find them mostly in the North Eastern and upper Mid-Western parts of the United States. In many cases the shutters will be built in what’s called cafe style, only covering the bottom half or so of the window and are quite narrow.

The shutters we’ve come to call Plantation Shutters are most common in the South and Western parts of the United States. States like California where you have amazing mountain and ocean views are excellent for Plantation Shutters as they allow you to preserve the view. Plantation Shutters will typically have larger panels than it’s traditional cousin, having a single shutter panel covering a window up to five feet tall is not uncommon.

It takes all Kinds

At Kirtz we sell more Plantation Shutters than any other kind and we’ve made a name for ourselves doing it. But just because Plantation Shutters are more popular doesn’t mean we exclude a style of shutter. We will sometimes make a Traditional Shutter if a customer has a need. Because of our equipment setup we do ask that if a customer would like a Traditional Shutter we ask they they have a larger project or a project that require very specific shutter dimensions. We pride ourselves on our ability to accommodate the needs of all our clients.

 

Plantation Shutters

Plantation Shutters and your home

Plantation shutters are a great option for your home.

Plantation shutters are one of the most popular choices for window treatments in the United States. They can be versatile and less expensive than custom draperies. These shutters will also increase the value of your home with Kirtz lifetime guarantee, making them a window treatment that can be financed into the purchase of your home. Plantation shutters are classic and highly desirable because they stay with the home when it’s sold.

Which rooms are great for plantation shutters?

Plantation shutters are excellent for letting light in when you want to illuminate a room but also great for privacy. When you close a plantation shutter your completely blocking the window, something that conventional blinds and draperies do poorly. For these reasons kitchen, bathrooms, bedrooms, dens and studies all make ideal places to put your custom kirtz shutters. When your shopping for custom interior shutters it’s important to know if they’re truly custom built, like Kirtz, or if they come from a stock panel and cut them to fit. The prices can be similar so make sure that your getting the best from Kirtz.

Plantation shutters

Should you stain or paint plantation shutter?

What kind of finish should your plantation shutters have?

Plantation shutters are a fantastic investment, especially if you get them custom made. They have a timeless look and will last for years, decades even. But there are quite a few decisions that need to be made to make sure your plantation shutters won’t go out of style. Kirtz can help and will walk you through step by step with the many decisions to make sure your plantation shutters look the best they can. One of those decisions is whether to paint or stain your shutters. Here are some tips to consider: 

Overall look: Ultimately you want your shutters to match the look of your home. Usually this means matching the shutters to the trim of the home creating a clean, unified look. The trim to most homes is some shade of white so it’s reasonable to expect something like that. However, using a stain can add a certain, refined look to your home so it’s always worth considering both options. 

The Process: Depending on the wood used, it might look better to stain or to paint. In addition, if you choose to paint but decide a stain would look better it’s not as simple as just removing the paint. Often times the wood itself must be swapped out. If you’re not sure, maybe start with a stain and go from there. 

Options: When it comes down to it, if what you want are options, paint will give you far more options than staining. Staining has a very defined look and isn’t able to change colors very easily. Paint can come in almost every color under the sun. If you’re looking to find the perfect color match, paint is probably your best bet. 

If you’re ready to start creating your very own custom plantation shutters, give Kirtz a call today at 800-416-6455!