In the world of business, competition always helps keep pricing competitive and quality at the desired level. Unfortunately, there are cases where quality is compromised to offer lower rates which leaves a bad taste in the mouth. All too often the bitterness of poor quality lingers long after the sweetness of a low price is forgotten, and this is where French Brothers Shutters Inc. has consistently stood out.
Having been in the industry for close to three decades, we have seen a lot of competition come and go, trends rise and disappear, and cheaper alternatives emerge and vanish equally fast. One of the most recent trends we have seen and have had a lot of clients complain about has been the shift in outsourcing shutters to overseas manufacturers.
With shutter manufacturing being outsourced, the market is presently flooded with products that all look similar and come at a lower price but have questionable quality. Clients tend to ignore the quality aspect as they believe that they are getting the same level of product as the more expensive options. This incorrect logic leads customers to think that they should choose the lowest cost because all shutters are the same.
As a result, clients are now getting cheaper quality products, built with unknown materials and there is no waiting period. To keep up with the competitive nature of window treatments, some local companies have also gone down this route and have begun buying overseas products. While it may seem like a great option on the surface, this trend usually ends up backfiring because of the poor quality, leaving customers disappointed, frustrated, and maybe even needing to redo the entire project.
At French Brothers Shutters Inc., we believe we can use this trend to our advantage. We build our shutters from the ground up in San Diego, CA, with wood from here in the USA. We build our shutters with parts that are manufactured in the USA and can ensure that the level of quality is unmatched. Our ability to consistently deliver top quality shutters has endeared us to our clients which is why we have been able to function for over twenty-eight years successfully.
Over the years, shutters have become popular additions to many homes because it not only adds aesthetic value to the room, but it also increases the privacy in the home. Another bonus is that the low maintenance of plantation shutters and their adaptability to any type of design makes it a more viable option as opposed to having curtains.
However, several people, including homeowners, have fallen prey to various misconstrued opinions concerning shutters. These misapprehensions have led them to opt out of purchasing window shutters for their homes.
If you're looking for window treatments, knowing the difference between fact and fiction will help you make a smart purchase. At French Brothers Shutters., we pride ourselves on educating our clients, and with that in mind, we have debunked three of the most widely believed myths about shutters.
Myth 1: Wood shutters warp and twist.
While cheap and low-quality shutters may, a well-made shutter won't warp or twist due to the quality of the material and the building process involved. This myth exists primarily because some people have only had experience with cheap flimsy shutters and don't know what a shutter can and should be.
Myth 2: Poly is better than wood.
At French Brothers Shutters, we build both shutters with poly material and wood. We build and warranty them in the same way. The only difference between poly shutters and wood shutters is customization. While poly usually has limited customization options, we can do just about anything with wood.
Myth 3: All shutters are the same.
This is one of the most widely believed myths in the industry and is the reason people opt for cheaper options. The truth is that no two shutters are the same as all shutters are neither made equal nor identical. While they may look the same, significant differences are hiding behind those low prices. People usually end up paying more than the initial savings they thought they were getting when the quality of low priced options reveals itself.
Plantation shutters are a gorgeous addition to any San Diego home, but they aren't something you should do yourself. Like all the best San Diego window treatments, you need help from a professional to customize your shutters and complete installation. Working with a team of experienced experts like those at French Brothers Shutters, gives you the most for your money. We listen to the vision you have for your home and give our best professional suggestions concerning the shutter shape, style, material, and color. When you choose a professional for plantation shutters, the customization options are endless.
Plantation Shutter Material
One of the most important decisions you'll make while purchasing plantation shutters is the material. Choose a company that offers a variety of materials – what you select may depend on your décor, maintenance desires, and personal preferences. French Brothers Shutters has a versatile selection of plantation shutters made from high-quality wood, hybrid materials, and polywood compounds. We offer real wood plantation shutters with dovetail construction for maximum strength, available in a variety of stains and paint finishes. Our polywood shutters will never warp, crack, chip, fade, peel, or lose their color.
San Diego Shutter Color
We will custom stain wooden shutters or custom paint polywood shutters per your specifications. Match your shutters to your home's carefully selected décor with assistance from our color experts. Browse our wide selection of paint colors and wood stains to select a choice that speaks to you. When you schedule an appointment, we will discuss your premium paint and stain options. All our finishes are long lasting for the best cost versus value in town. We have six different artisan staining techniques to enhance the natural beauty and wood grain of genuine hardwood shutters:
Glazed. We apply a glaze of ebony, cocoa, or arctic by hand to accentuate the shutter's grooves and profile.
Glazed and burnished. Sanding the shutters and applying glaze achieves a gorgeous old-fashioned worn-wood look.
Classic distressed. Achieve an antique look and feel with the classic distressed technique, with randomly placed cracks, dents, and wormholes.
Heirloom distressed. Add an extra touch of tradition with old-world darkened dents, cracks, and wormholes. We add burnishing, rasping, and flyspecking for this technique.
Rustic. This stain brings out the texture and beautiful imperfections naturally occurring in the wooden shutters, such as knots, pinholes, growth rings, and mineral streaks.
Textured. We use a special brush to achieve a rich textured look that adds depth and contrast to the natural wood. We can do this with paints and stains.
We will show you photographs and samples of each technique so you can make an informed decision. If you prefer hybrid or polywood plantation shutters, we offer a variety of colors for any type of home décor.
San Diego Plantation Shutter Shape
We have the ability to customize the shape of your San Diego plantation shutters, playing with the tier type and louver size until you get the combination you desire. We can provide single-tier shutters, with one panel from top to bottom, or double-tier shutters, with panels at the top and bottom halves of the window. We can make them to fit almost any size and shape window, including arched and circular.
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