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No Regrets…

A 5-Part series on Selecting the Best Shutter (Part 5 of 5)

With Warranties it’s important to remember that their purpose is to limit the liability of the company while making you feel warm and safe.

Nearly all of the warranties out there will say something along the lines of “Limited Lifetime Warranty” and have a long list of exclusions. These warranties are for the original purchaser of the shutters so when you sell the house the new owner gets no warranty. I suggest you ask for a shutter with a transferable warranty so when you sell your home you are passing value on to the new owner. This is also a sign that the manufacturer is confident in their product as they’ll have to cover it for a longer time.

How much do quality shutters cost?

A lot, but you get what you pay for. I’d rather pay for quality one time than regret purchasing an inferior product forever. A common 3 by 5 foot window might be $300-450 for the lower end materials but cost $600-800 for a high quality shutter and $600-1,200+ for a premium wood shutter.

How long will this take?

Quality shutters take a lot longer than poor quality shutters because the shortcuts aren’t being taken. Each step adds days or weeks to the process. Poor quality shutters are typically available in 3-6 weeks, while quality shutters take 2-3 months. If you’ve ordered quality furniture before you already understand the difference as it’s common for furniture to take many months to deliver. But what a joy you have when it arrives, and the wait is soon forgotten as you enjoy the quality and beauty every day for a much longer time.

By Shem Isaac, Home Living Windows