With the soon-to-come launching of our new online ordering system, Strictly Shutters is ready to share what has been going on with our factory. So many exciting changes are coming along and our staff has been working diligently since late 2013 to make sure that our dealers get the top notch products, customer service and ordering processes in the industry. Strictly Shutters likes to stay ahead of the competition in innovation, pricing, distribution and professionalism. Our staff is always friendly and knowledgeable when questions arise or issues occur.
Among some of these exciting changes is the new Strictly Shutters website. As most of you know, we have a purple bar along the top of our website indicating a change in ordering for our new and existing dealers, part of this is the ability to download forms, order components online and make address changes and information updates right online. Our dealers can take advantage of ordering on a desktop, laptop, tablet or even a smart phone. This site will open up a lot of extra options for our dealers because our only goal is to make sure our dealers are able to complete a task without any hassle.
Aside from our new website, Strictly Shutters has also become the Royal Poly Shutter Components dealer. What does this mean for our dealers? Well simply put, Strictly Shutters is offering non-painted, UV Controlled, White Shutter Components to only Strictly Shutters Dealers. You will have access to incredible prices and the industry’s largest cellular PVC shutter profile collection available. As quoted from the Royal Shutter Components catalog, “Royal Shutter Components get all of their traits from Royal Exteriors. Those traits include woodlike beauty and very unwoodlike durability, energy efficiency and cost effectiveness…”
As most professionals in the plantation shutter manufacturing or retail industries know, about 30% of the plantation shutter market is controlled by poly plantation shutters. The higher the quality the more satisfied customers will be retained. Strictly Shutters is always available to our dealers and prospective dealers to answer questions or help solve a problem. If you are interested in becoming a dealer, click here. If you are looking to register for an account with our new online ordering dealer login area, call today at 772-220-2399.
At Strictly Shutter, we manufacture three types of plantation shutters, Polybilt™, Weswood Express and Weswood Designer. Polybilt™ plantation shutters are composed of poly-vinyl chloride and are a great alternative for a plantation shutter that is not wood. The Weswood series (Express and Designer) are wood plantation shutters, that are of excellent quality for any project.
Wood Interior plantation shutters are usually made using various types of wood, with stained or painted finishes and more customizable options than any other type of imitation (or faux) plantation shutter. At Strictly Shutter, it came to our attention that more home owners and business projects were interested in wood interior plantation shutters, because they are sturdier for longer periods of time than their counterparts. The one drawback to this was that wood interior plantation shutters can take more time in production than most projects wish to wait because they are customized throughout production to cater to the qualities specified by a given customer’s desires. For this reason Strictly Shutters started a much quicker version of wood interior plantation shutters that we named Weswood Express Series. Many times, there is speculation as to what are the differences between the Weswood Designer Series and the Weswood Express Series of Strictly Shutters.
The Weswood Express Series of wood plantation shutters are no less the quality of the Weswood Designer Series, but are simply the fastest way to include wood plantation shutters on a given project. Generally, the production of the Weswood Express plantation shutter takes anywhere between 2 to 4 weeks for our factory to finish and ship the shutters. Chinese plantation shutters of similar materials take 8 weeks or more which is why we fast track our Weswood express plantation shutters to make sure our dealers are able to supply a wood interior plantation shutter in a timely manner.
Some of the qualities with the Weswood Express Series of wood interior plantation shutters include:
- 2 inch Stile and drop 3/4″ thick rail which makes this shutter look like the industry standard
- Louver Sizes available are 2 1/2″, 3 1/2″ and 4 1/2″
- Made from real Basswood
- Sherman Williams Finishes
- Engineered to handle the most demanding required performance without warping or fading.
This brand of wood interior plantation shutters is a new standard of excellence and is perfect for high pressure, fast track projects. The Weswood Express Series is Strictly Shutters answer to the demand for a faster wood interior plantation shutter and when we answered the masses, we bought our excellent reputation and customer service with us. To become a dealer is easy and you will have access to all the specific details of the Weswood Express Series of wood plantation shutters.
The Luxury Choice: Weswood Designer Series
While Strictly Shutters Weswood Express Series of plantation shutters is all around excellence for a fast track product, some home and business owners prefer a more customized option of wood interior plantation shutters, such as the Weswood Designer Series. The Weswood Designer wood plantation shutters are in a class of their own, boasting superior craftsmanship and design freedom. Although the Weswood Designer Series of wood interior plantation shutters takes more time in production than the express series, this premier line of shutters allows for home owners, business owners, architects, and interior designers the freedom to enjoy a one of a kind plantation shutter that is unique to the given project. The extra mile of creative freedom that comes with the Weswood Designer series is not the only unique quality of these superior plantation shutters. Some extra benefits include:
- Streamline styles with flush rails
- Six louver sizes 1-1/4″, 1-7/8″, 2-1/2″, 3-1/2″, 4-1/2″ & 5-1/2″ are available
- Custom Lumber choices in Teak, Mahogany, Oak, Cypress, Etc.
- Custom colors or stains with our Sherman Williams mixing department for full fledged creative design
- specialty hinges, such as solid oil rubbed bronze, solid brass, and stainless steel
The Weswood Designer Series is of the highest quality standard for any project and the added bonus of being able to customize down to the most minuet detail makes this series one of our top selling products. The other most important fact about this particular plantation shutter type at Strictly Shutters is that if there are issues with the production or fitting, our manufactoring facility is located right here in America, making adjustments and repairs much faster than having to ship back the products to China for repair.
Check out the rest of our website for Warranty information, dealer information and to locate a local dealer. When you purchase your wood interior plantation shutters, there is no better satisfaction than knowing who you are buying from and what standard of quality the manufacturer strives for. Strictly Shutters is in a class of it’s own and provides option that meet any criteria, so feel free to call us for any project and we will be ready to provide top notch quality and sophistication to your project.
How many window treatments out there actually absorb and block direct heat from the sun? Before answering, how many of those window treatments also result in lower electric bills? Wood or Poly Plantation shutters are a great solution and in addition to the lower energy costs, they provide more control for your living environment. Plantation Shutters are quickly becoming the most popular window treatment because of the energy savings they offer but also because plantation shutters are a long term solution. When you take the time to measure the qualities of plantation shutters and blinds, plantation shutters have more to offer your home than blinds. Here is a quick comparison for plantation shutters versus other window treatments:
- Energy Efficient
- Aesthetically pleasing
- Safe for Children
- Preserves the life of Furniture and carpets
- 100% privacy if desired
- Easy to maintain
- Adds to the value of the home
- Versatile (has more than one use)
- Affordable initial purchase
- Break Easily
- Privacy (if the blinds are fully intact)
- Standard (not aesthetically pleasing)
- Difficult to clean and Maintain
- No Energy savings
- Not safe for children (hence we pull the cord up to where the children can’t reach it)
The main objective in today’s market is to save money, and up the value of a home. Plantation Shutters, poly or wood, can do both by offering lower cost energy bills and adding a more valuable product to the home. As mentioned above, blinds are affordable the first time you purchase them, but as time goes by, you can spend more in replacing them then just making an investment in poly or wood plantation shutters.
As a plantation shutter company, when your customers are purchasing plantation shutters from your company, it is so important to have the facts. Take the time to explain the benefits of plantation shutters because there are so many benefits, and help them make the transition. Strictly Shutters can provide the plantation shutters in a timely manner so you don’t loose the customer for not being ready as quickly as possible. We offer Just In Time manufacturing meaning we have met and continue to meet every timeline asked of us. If Strictly Shutters says 2 to 4 weeks, we mean 2 to 4 weeks and that puts us in a league of our own. Many plantation shutter manufacturers are not located in America, don’t pay Americans, and don’t have the quality workers of America. We push hard to be on top and we stay ahead of every market change in order to constantly provide the best plantation shutters possible. To become a dealer is easy and it will be the best decision you will ever make for your business, plus your customers will have access to a quality brand of plantation shutters that can be made to order much faster than imported shutters. Have the freedom of an American and sell American made quality without compromise, your customers will appreciate it.
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There are many companies that advertise quality plantation shutters, but as the consumer searches, it is plain to see that not all plantation shutters are created equal. Strictly Shutter is a wholesale plantation shutter company that produces plantation shutters in America to any order specifications and continuously innovates newer technologies to help our dealers make easier sales. Having quality shutters delivered to our customers is a priority and we take this responsibility very seriously. In light of our promise of excellence, we wish to share some buying tips from the Shutter Pros at Strictly Shutter. Please contribute your personal experiences with plantation shutters and help us make your experience in wholesale buying more promising.
Choosing Quality Plantation Shutters
There are many factors that make plantation shutters higher quality from the design to the installation. Many people can see the difference between a wooden plantation shutter made in America and one made in China, because the fundamental features are much different. Some big differences are that Chinese plantation shutters are made from a cheap basswood (usually imported from Russia), the paint used on the shutters seems to show signs of assembly line work rather than handcrafted work with very little attention to detail, and the thin, flat shape of the louvers both looks cheap and compromises the energy efficiency of the shutter. The one key thing to remember is that whether you purchase American Made or China Made, the shutters are pretty equal in price, but the one separating factor is the genuine appearance of the shutter that can make or break a sale.
Yet another example of a great difference in plantation shutters is the thickness of the plantation shutter. To save money, and resources, Chinese shutters tend to be much thinner than American made plantation shutters and, though it is not always the case, many manufacturers make maintenance of the tension adjustments on plantation shutters nearly impossible. The reason for this is that tension is adjusted using a screw that can be tightened or loosened to adjust the tension of the louvers as an easy remedy after years of use, but some manufacturers will place a plastic pin in the shutters that is not adjustable and once installed cannot be removed, replaced or remedied in anyway. This issue occurs quite often in the plantation shutter industry and causes consumers to loose faith in purchasing plantation shutters. This one issue can cause perfectly good plantation shutters, that would otherwise last for many years, to be worthless and, unfortunately, not fixable.
Comparing Chinese & American Plantation Shutters
American Made Plantation Shutter
Chinese Made Plantation Shutter
The two images above are both wooden plantation shutters, the first image is American Made and the second is Chinese Made. Though both look decent, the tight fit of the American Made is much more appealing and visually pleasing, versus the very loose fit look of the Chinese shutters. The slight openings at the top of the Chinese shutters allows for air seepage that causes them to be less energy efficient and much less visually appealing. Also note that the American made plantation shutter louvers are much thicker and more air tight, while the Chinese plantation shutters are very lazily crafted and allow too much sun to escape through the closed shutter position.
Being prepared and educated on the most important factors of purchasing plantation shutters to sell to your customers, comes from understanding the most important points of buying Chinese versus American. Strictly Shutter is a great solution to purchasing the most professionally crafted plantation shutters. Our work is our pride and joy, and our staff is taught to build custom made plantation shutters that are not just quality, but also show a standard of skill that is both unmatched and elegant. Not all Plantation Shutters are created equally, because not everyone invests time, technology, experience, rigorous training, and skilled craftsman in the creation of their products, but at Strictly Shutter it is both our mission and our commitment.
Call: (888)-354-2342 for further information about becoming a dealer or locating a local dealer in your area.
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