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Why Use Maple For A Plantation Shutter?

The Finest Maple Plantation Shutters 

At Kirtz we like doing things differently because we want to being something new and above average to the table. That’s why our Plantation shutters use maple

Kirtz’s founder was a woodworker until events in his life took him into a new direction. When he set this business up, he let his experience with woodworking dictate the wood he would use to make his plantation shutter – Maple. He chose maple for one simple reason, STRENGTH. 

Compared to other woods used to make plantation shutters, such as poplar or basswood, maple is twice as dense. Why does this matter? Plantation shutters are held together with fasteners and staples that attach the louvers to the tilt rod. Over time, these fasteners get stressed with use. In softer woods, this means they can loosen over time. Resulting in a weak, or even busted, shutter. Kirtz’s shutters are guaranteed to never have this problem. And if it does, it’s covered in the warranty. 

Maple’s density also means it’s much harder to dent than softer woods. Ever bumped into a piece of pine furniture and noticed how easily it dented? It’s the same with poplar and basswood. But it’s much harder to do with maple. In addition, maple is an incredibly flexible material for design. 

Because we use maple, Kirtz plantation shutters don’t need a midrail (also called a divider rail) until after 96″ in height, much higher than the industry standard 72″. Giving you much more flexibility when designing with maple over other, softer woods. Kirtz’s plantation shutters are also warrantied up to 38″ in width giving you flexibility in design for the best window fit. 

Often customer’s are confused by the range of options when it comes to ordering plantation shutters. Our advice is this: 

Plantation Shutters are NOT all created equal. Done right, they will provide beauty and protection for many, many years. We all want to make sure we spend our money wisely, especially with an investment as large as plantation shutters. 

Choose the shutters that will provide the best lifetime experience. And choose a company that you can trust to provide great customer service, both before and after you’ve got your plantation shutters. 

Give us a call today at 800-416-6455!

 

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Double Plantation Shutters? Yes, Please!

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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!

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Tips For Taking Care Of Your Plantation Shutters

How To Keep Plantation Shutters In Top Shape

Plantation shutters can add a real sense of style to your home and with proper maintenance, they can last a lifetime! Kirtz Shutters is here to give you a few tips on how you can keep your shutters looking great and functioning perfectly. 

Weekly Cleanings: Everyone knows that keeping dust off your plantation shutters is key to keeping them looking chic. Firstly, a weekly cleaning is sufficient to keep dust at bay, with a more in-depth dusting once a month. Of course, they’re are a few habits that can actually damage the shutters you’re trying to keep clean. That’s why we say never use soapy water to clean your plantation shutters. Soapy water can damage the shutter material and reduce the lifespan of the exotic wood. Instead, use a duster or slightly damp cloth to clean your plantation shutters. 

Repairing Paint Chips: It’s inevitable; keep anything long enough and it will start to show wear and tear. Eventually, no matter how good the paint job on your plantation shutter, it will eventually begin to crack and tear away. For small repairs, you can use a foam or touch up brush to smooth over any kind of scratch, further prolonging the life of your plantation shutters. 

Keeping The Louvers Tight: If the screws holding your louvers in place start to loosen, making it hard to keep the louvers up, you can adjust how tight, or loose, they are. To do this, open the shutter panel and adjust the tension screw found on both sides of the shutter panel using a phillips head screwdriver. 

Using these tips can help you get the most out of your shutters. Of course, accidents happen. That’s why all Kirtz Shutters come with a lifetime guarantee! If you’re looking for plantation shutters, call now to get started, at 1-800-416-6455!

silhouette window shadings

Silhouette Window Shadings Rather Than Plantation Shutters

Plantation Shutters Too Bold? Try Casual Silhouette Window Shadings

Kirtz® Shutters most obviously focuses on plantation shutters, but we also offer a wide variety of high-quality window treatments in the event that shutters just aren’t the right fit for a customer. Not everyone has the same design tastes or budget which is perfectly acceptable. If you’re still looking for a way to protect your home and furnishings from the sunlight, consider Silhouette Window Shadings instead.

You may love the natural light, but you probably don’t love the streaks that form on your floors, furniture and more. That’s where the beauty of the Silhouette Window Shadings come in. They are unique in that they have an “S” shaped vane which is vital to the structure as it provides amazing UV protection for your home while also enhancing natural day lighting. Like our plantation shutters, Silhouette Window Shadings are extremely versatile. They are available in a wide array of fabrics and colors to compliment every décor.

Depending on your choice of color your shades could add warmth to a room or add a subtle look. Nantucket is part of the Silhouette family and the line offers even more casual fabrics, and similar design options. The signature “S” curve of Silhouette and Nantucket shadings prevents moiré (those ugly, little lines we mentioned) while also allowing for light control. The great part about them is that not only are they stylish, but they’re more budget friendly than plantation shutters for those that still desire a sensible window treatment.

We would be more than happy to help you decide which color and fabric will be best for your home project based on your décor. Clicking here will take you to a page where you can view our choices of Silhouette Window Shadings or give Kirtz® a call at 1-800-416-6455 if you’re ready to get started.

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Kirtz Shutters Is Attending The Tulsa Home & Garden Show!

Kirtz Shutters To Share Plantation Shutters With Tulsa!

Right before springtime is a perfect time to start thinking about your home improvement projects. One of Oklahoma’s largest home and garden trade shows is opening up at the River Spirit Expo at Expo Square which is at the Tulsa County Fairgrounds. Every year the trade show exhibits everything home and garden related that you would need to knock out your home improvement list. The 2017 show will bring more than five hundred exhibitors out and among them will be Kirtz® Shutters ready to share our love of plantation shutters!

We look forward to telling inquisitive minds about our custom plantation shutters and the many hardwood choices there are to choose from. Our plantation shutters are handcrafted from only the finest domestic and exotic hardwoods. In fact, the Kirtz® shutter embodies the rich warmth and character of heirloom quality furniture. Our woodcrafters have honed in on their skill and have a passion for creating each shutter with precision. It is their work that gives us confidence to get out in the public and talk about our plantation shutters.

Aesthetically speaking, we’ve seen our woodwork compliment many different interior designs; thus, providing an elegant window treatment for just about any home. No matter how unique the window shape is, we can make shutters to fit perfectly! Whether it’s your first home or your forever home, we’d love to help you dress it up.

If you will be in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area between the dates of March 9th and March 12th, 2017 consider stopping by the Tulsa Home & Garden Show. If you would like to know more about custom shutters or any of our other window treatment options you can come see us at booth number 726.

If you are unable to come to the home show, but you would like to talk to someone from Kirtz® about getting started with your own custom shutters project, feel free to give us a call at 1-800-416-6455.