Plantation Shutter with Insect Screens

Yet another unusual custom shaped shutter shipped from our facility this week.  These shutters, were headed to a home in NY and had an insect screen built into them!

How did we do it?

  1. The shutter was made at 2 1/4″ thickness, this is 1″ thicker than our standard plantation shutter.  As with all painted Kirtz Shutters, they were made of solid maple.
  2. The stiles (side pieces)  were made 3 1/8″ wide (an 1″ wider than standard)  and the rails were made flush with the stile.
  3. 2 1/2″ louvers were used and rather than center them in the middle of the stiles,  as is our standard process, they were moved forward.  This allowed the shutter louvers to fully pivot open and closed without protruding from the backside of the shutter.
  4. A groove was cut in the backside of the shutter all the way around it.  The insect screen was stretched tight, and vinyl cording pushed into the groove was used to secured the screen in place.  This is very similar to how screens are inserted into aluminum frameworks for windows.
  5. Finally, a custom piece of trimwork was made and placed so that it covered the grooved area for a clean finished look on the backside.
Arched Plantation Shutter with insect screen inserted into custom groove

Arched Plantation Shutter with insect screen inserted into custom groove

Trim covers insect screen in this custom shutter

Trim covers insect screen in this custom shutter

Plantation Shutter (backside) complete with insect screen

Plantation Shutter (backside) complete with insect screen

plantation shutter, frontside, with insect screen

plantation shutter, frontside, with insect screen

The Kirtz Shutter factory has amazing flexibility for two reasons.  First, the right tools.  We  do it all in house,  from making parts to specialty finishes.  Second (and most important), the people.   Kirtz Shutters  is composed of many skilled  men and women in each department who are not afraid  to tackle the most unique of challenges when building a custom shutter.