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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!

Plantation Shutters

Double Plantation Shutters? Yes, Please!

Plantation Shutters- Bedroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If your looking for some new plantation shutters this fall, you may want to consider some double, or split, plantation shutters for your kitchen or bathroom. These versatile shutters can add some real character to your kitchen or bathroom. For your bathroom, you can open up just the top shutters to let in natural light from the sun and keep the bottom shutters closed for privacy. The same can be done in the kitchen to let in natural light without the glare from the sun. Plantation shutters are known for their ability to let you control how much light comes into your room and making them double plantation shutters can give you even more control. Adding to an already versatile addition to your home. Because you can open these plantation shutters independently, cleaning is also easier with these kinds of shutters. 

Double plantation shutters can also help reduce your energy bill by allowing you to control how much air comes in. Normally you would have to open the whole shutter to get any kind of light in, or open the blinds letting in drafts and heat. But with double shutters you can open one part of the shutter to let in just a little bit of light while keeping the amount of air coming in to a minimum. Lowering your energy bill and saving you money. 

Double plantation shutters helped to add a nice, cafe style appeal to you kitchen, get one made from sturdy wood and it will last for decades. And remember, every shutter you order from Kirtz are guaranteed for the life of the shutter. 

Whether you’re looking for double or single shutters. Shutters for arched windows, square windows, even round windows, Kirtz shutters will deliver you quality shutters that you can depend on. Give us a call today at 800-416-6455!

Updating your home with KIRTZ SHUTTERS

I had the foresight on this recent project to take some photos before, so you can truly see how stunning the after can be with the right window treatments.

Initially the windows had been treated with faux wood blinds by the previous homeowner.  The new homeowner loved the look of shutters and, like many parents, had safety concerns with the lift and tilt strings on the wood blinds.

Take a look at the transformation!

before plantation shutters

before plantation shutters

plantation shutter in breakfast nook by Kirtz Shutters

plantation shutter in breakfast nook by Kirtz Shutters

after adding 4 1/2" maple wood plantation shutters by Kirtz Shutters

after adding 4 1/2" maple wood plantation shutters by Kirtz Shutters

The only thing I hate about these photos is that they don’t show the awesome view you get with a 4 1/2″ louver on a plantation shutter.  To get them open enough to show that detail, the sunlight is so bright you can’t see anything at all!  But, a 4 1/2″ louver is on 4″ spacing, meaning you only have a louver every four inches.  Clients are AMAZED at how different that can make a room look.
These next photos show how a Kirtz Shutter (especially a large louver)  really does make a space feel more grand!
Home Office with Wood Blinds

Home Office with Wood Blinds

Home Office with Plantation Shutter by Kirtz Shutters

Home Office with Plantation Shutter by Kirtz Shutters

Another question I am often asked… “Should I leave those second story windows open?  I love the natural light!”   Personally I sway back and forth on my answer to this question, but here is a look a a room where we did leave the windows open.

Kirtz Shutters in lower windows, transoms open

Kirtz Shutters in lower windows, transoms open

Call or email Kirtz Shutters today-  We can help you with quality wood plantation shutters in your home!

800-416-6455

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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.

Kirtz Shutter Craftmanship; Making the parts makes the difference for your custom shutters

Hardwood shutters by Kirtz start at our factory as raw lumber.  We typically buy direct from the best lumber mills across the country, with a great deal of our lumber coming from the Northern US.

A load of lumber for Kirtz Shutter, before sorting

A load of lumber for Kirtz Shutter, before sorting

Lumber goes through the following process to become parts for your plantation shutters.

All lumber is tested upon arrival for proper dryness.  Using lumber that has been wet, or is not properly kiln dried could result in warping.  Obviously, this would be bad news for a shutter, so each load is tested immediately upon arrival to be sure that it meets the criteria for furniture quality use.

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