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.


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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Tulsa Home Show — Mar 12 thru 15 2009

Shutters of Tulsa, the Kirtz representation in the Tulsa area for many years, will have a booth during the Greater Tulsa Home and Garden Show Mar 12-15  in the Quicktrip Center at Expo Square.  Come by, say hello to Don and see the quality that Kirtz has to offer!

Company Lunch at Kirtz

Last Thursday, Feb 12th, we had a company lunch at Kirtz.    It was a special lunch because everyone was treated to steak by Click’s Steakhouse in Pawnee.   If you live in the area and you haven’t been to Click’s, you are missing out.  Between the homemade rolls, steaks marinated to perfection and awesome desserts (I recommend the tollhouse pie) you will be amazed.    However, I digress.

The reason for this meal is workplace safety.  Every month The Shutter Mill is accident free, all employees are treated to a lunch.    That’s always great, but when we go 3 or more months with out an accident everyone is treated to steak for lunch.  Not bad, huh?

After the lunch we have a safety meeting, and also an update on what’s going on with the company.  This month we recognized two employees for five years of service at Kirtz.   We have an every increasing maturity in our work force.  More employees have been with us 5+ years than we can ever remember.    This seasoned group of employees greatly helps contribute to maintaining, and continually increasing, our quality standards and efficiency.    You can see it in every shutter that leaves here.

I guess that’s why we get the opportunity to install our shutters all over.  Last year we went to St. Lucia,  and the Bahamas for shutter jobs.  Right now I have jobs in process for Frisco TX, and Kansas City, MO — all because these people want the quality that Kirtz has to offer.

If you have a project, give us a call.  Have car (or plane ticket) —will travel.

Guys from stain, specialty shapes and shipping

Guys from stain, specialty shapes and shippingour assembly team leader enjoying his dinner

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!!

Shutters in Recreational Vehicles

We recently branched out into a new area in our plantation shutter sales, recreational vehicles.    An RV dealer in our area bought shutters for his home, and discussed the possibility of adding them to one of his units that was going to be in a local RV show.  Well, we thought it sounded like a great idea and started working on it right away.  It took a lot of planning and design to ensure the finished product was just right!

2 1/2″ louvers were the best choice due to the scale of the units (they have all been about 37′ long), and rather than a standard tilt bar that would rattle, we used a hidden tilt bar.  This also contributes to a nice clean look.  Since each unit is unique they all present individual challenges.  Making sure there is enough clearance for levers to open window, light fixtures and plug ins means that each unit typically has custom made framing around the shutter panels.

These have been a great success, the RV dealer typically sells each one at the show!  I’m uploading some pictures so you can see how great these look.  The dark stain picture is red oak, custom stained and the other unit is custom painted maple shutters with maple stained frames.  The trailer had a paint/stain mix on all the woodwork and the shutters looked right at home.

Custom Framing

Custom Framing

Room View

Room View