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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!

 

Kirtz Shutter Craftsmanship; what a quality finish adds to your custom shutter

Without a quality finish on  a custom shutter, the value created by using a high quality wood, and rigorous construction standards would be minimized.   Let’s take a look at how Kirtz Shutters achieves a  quality finish on our custom shutters. 

Linear Priming (painted shutters only)

Components of our painted maple shutter are primed in lineal form.  By priming in lineal form we can ensure an even coating of primer, up to two mill thickness on each part of the shutter.  A high quality prime helps the shutter take finish coats well.

Wood Grading (painted and stained shutters)

Not all components make the final cut for a Kirtz Shutter.  All of our components are inspected before they reach the production line and undesirable sections of wood with flaws are marked as not suitable for a Kirtz Shutter.

Prep Work~ Where the Magic Happens

Even the best quality wood has some imperfections.   To get a smooth finish involves a high level of attention to detail during prep work.   Imperfections are fixed during 2 different stages of manufacturing.  

The Production Line — Filler is applied to the any noticeable flaws in the wood and sanded out smooth.  

Brown and Sand — Shutters enter this area after they are built, and before they enter the finish room.  High intensity spotlights shine down upon the shutters, highlighting any slight flaw that might show up in the final product.  These minor flaws are fixed with putty and sanding, and then the finish sanding begins. 

Finish sanding is done by hand, with very fine sandpaper.  Every inch of the Kirtz Shutter is finish sanded, including the top of the tilt rod, an area that few manufactures take the time to address.  After final inspection, they are ready for finish.

shutters are inspected for flaws under high intensity lights

shutters are inspected for flaws under hign intensity lights

 

any small flaws are fixed before finish is applied

any small flaws are fixed before finish is applied

During finish Kirtz Shutters are hung from a track system on cars that allow the shutter to rotate completely.  This makes sure, whether painted or stained, each shutter receives an even amount of paint/stain on all parts of the shutters resulting in a smooth, even finish from any angle.

plantation shutters in the paint finish room

plantation shutters in the paint finish room

Painted Shutters receive  two coats of  lacquer paint finish on top of the primer.  In between coats, shutters are quality inspected.  All our paint has UV inhibitors in it to help keep your custom shutters looking great, even in the most intense sun.

Stained Shutters are sprayed with your stain color, typically a custom mix done just for you.  Each shutter receives two coats of stain.  In between coats, the shutters are taken down off the track, hand wiped and lightly sanded    This step is the differential between standard finish and a truly furniture quality finish.    Without it the shutter color would appear a bit opaque, what some people call “muddy” .  To finish up, we put two coats of clear finish on the shutters to protect the wood and bring up the beauty of the grain.   We use a 20 sheen, which gives a nice luster to the wood and provides the finish with depth.  

After finishing is complete, Kirtz Shutters sit overnight to let the finish have time to cure.  Depending on the time of the year, painted finishes are given extra curing time in a cool room.

While each area of our factory plays a key role in making the Kirtz Shutter a bench quality product,  the finish department plays a critical role in making the work of all the other departments really shine.

Hidden Tilt ~ The Best Way to Maximize Your View

Hidden tilt, one of the newer custom options available with Kirtz Shutters, has become increasing popular since its introduction.

How it works

On a traditional plantation shutter louvers are fastened to the tilt rod with staples and you use the tilt rod to contol the position of the louvers.   With a hidden tilt rod, a narrow metal rod is attached to the backside of the panel at the end of the louver on the hinge side.   We then finish the hidden rod a similar color to the panels.

hiddentilt2

Although we can build shutter panels to our standard height of 120″ with hidden tilt, the rod must be broken at a certain point so that the weight of the louvers does not prohibit the mechanism from working appropriately.

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Feb 12-15 Home Show in Wichita, KS

February 12th-15th Kirtz Shutters will be displaying at the Wichita Area Builders Association Home Show.   I work a lot of home shows in our regional area and this is one of the best.    So many of the suppliers of the home construction industry operate on-site at homes and work without store fronts, these shows are a great opportunity to meet business owners and representatives in person and take a look at their work and product.

So, come meet us!   Kevin (our wichita rep), Chris (our owner) and I (Heather) will all be out at Century II in booth space 504/506 in the Expo Hall.  Come see our quality, talk to us about your projects and see why Kirtz has been the choice for discerning Kansans for 15+ years.

Show Hours are:     Thurs Feb. 12   1pm-9pm, Friday Feb 13. 10am-9pm, Saturday 10am-9pm, and Sunday 10am to 5pm

Hope to see you there!!

How Do We Define “Plantation Shutter”?

Kind of like a lot of design terms, there can be multiple ways to describe the same thing and it really isn’t consistent throughout the industry, much less the country.  Plantation Shutters can refer to shutters in general, and depending on the person is usually indicative of a louver (slat) size.

What is commonly referred to as traditional shutters are small louvered, small paneled.  These are most common in the NE and upper midwestern United States.  The louver sizes are usually anywhere from 1 1/4″ up to 1 7/8″, sometimes 2 1/2″ louvers (which we carry) are included in that description.  These shutters often are built “cafe” style, meaning they cover only the bottom 1/2 to 2/3 of a window, and are very narrow (think 8-20″ wide per shutter panel)

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