Cheap California Shutters is an oxymoronic phrase. It simply doesn’t make sense. California Shutters are high-quality designer grade window coverings that ought to be upheld at that level. Sure, there can be companies who profess that they make California Shutters. But if you’re looking for cheap excellent quality California shutters, you’re not going to find it. The window covering industry is just like every other industry. You get what you pay for. If you buy cheap temporary blinds at home depot, they will only last temporarily. Similarly, if you purchase the lowest quality shutter you can get your hands on, then you will have problems in the future. It’s just a fact. Sure, Staples pens cost two to four times more than Dollarama’s pens. However, in the end, Dollarama makes more because you buy the cheap pens 3-4 times more often than the high-quality staples’ pens. You will get the short end of the preverbal stick because of your ‘cheapy lets save money honey mindset’.
You Will Always Lose If You Have a Cheap Mindset When It Comes to Buying Your California Shutters.
I knew of a family who decided to go with low-quality vinyl shutters, rather than the premium quality California Shutters we were selling.
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As an interior designer, I don’t like cheap products. Frankly cheap isn’t in my vocabulary anymore. I hate cheap. I dislike the concept. People could gain so much more in life if they choose to save for that right product, car or service. As humans, we go the cheap route just to gratify our desire to have that pressing need met. I find this to be true even in my own life. When I end up taking the cheap route for services or products, I usually will pay a lot more than if I first choose the high-quality route.
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And even though this family above got a full home of vinyl shutters for less than $3500, the quality of the product that they were receiving was compromised because they were paying such a low price. After four years, their vinyl shutters yellowed, warped and many of them were unfunctional. So, they called us back two years ago and we did honour the first price we quoted them years before. To this day, they haven’t called us back, but to refer us to more of their friends who were interested in our excellent priced high-quality California shutters.
Three Characteristics of a good California Shutter Company
Now when it comes to many home improvement companies, most will provide two of three necessary components you are looking for.
Most companies that excel in two out of the three categories usually compromise in the other area. In the case of California shutter manufacturers, most companies provide a cheap product and a good service. Most often than not, these same companies are compromising on the quality of the shutter that they will give you. It is very rare that a California shutter company will provide all three – quality, service and price – although this is exactly what we at A Divine Design have set to do. So, what will you lose if you buy cheap California Shutters?
Here’s A list of 8 Headaches from Buying Cheap California Shutters
1. Shutter Discoloration & Yellowing.
Now, this is an unfortunate one. If you buy cheap california shutters, you buy a compromised product. A cheap California shutter, like those provided and made by some of our competitors, will discolor and yellow over time. In high heat environments with a lot of exposure to the sun, the yellowing time will speed up. Cheap vinyl shutters sold for $14/sq.ft will yellow in 3-5 years. Cheap wood shutters with low-quality paint will usually yellow in the 4-7-year range.
2. Shutter Peeling
This is a common cheap California shutter defect that may occur to cheaply painted wood shutters. Is it that wood shutters may not be structurally superior to their vinyl shutter counterparts? That Is correct. The peeling on many wood shutter products is due to the penetration of moisture into the shutter coating that seals the wood from the outside environment. This occurs for numerous reasons.
- Poor Workmanship: Cheap California shutters may not be sanded or filled to perfection. This may cause the formation of air bubbles under the paint that covers the uneven or gapping surface. Eventually, this air expands because of the moisture and heat to break through the paint, and this is when peeling begins.
- Cheap paint-primer shutter mixes: Most wood shutter manufacturers don’t bother to paint or prime their shutters at separate times. So, what do they do? They cut corners in their painting process by combining two or even three required coatings in one. One coating is not enough to protect any wood from moisture. Result – wood shutter peeling
- Insufficient Paint Coatings: This is another reason why the paint that covers cheaply made wood shutters often peels in high moisture environments.
3. Shutter Warpage
Cheap California Shutter Companies sell products that are structurally incompetent in high heat, high moisture environments. For example, any moisture that seeps into a composite or MDF wood shutter will cause it to warp. If the shutter manufacturer compromises the composition of their Shutters, they will eventually warp. We recommend that you think twice before installing a product with a warpage expectancy over 25%.
4. Mold Accumulation
Moisture Rich Environments propel mold growth. These environments have little to no air circulation. There will be little to no air circulation if the installers left no room between the panel and window sill. Therefore, we recommend against installing a cheap California shutter in a high moisture environment like a bathroom. Not only will this cause health hazards, but some molds may also promote shutter degeneration if not caught early.
5.Loss of Window Space
Shutters should not decrease your window space. Manufacturers originally made California shutters to provide an elegant light covering option, which when opened, will add to the ambiance of any professionally designed room. Manufacturers started making squaring frames to make the installers job easier. The negative downfall is that shutter squaring frames are ugly. It irks me when I see a window whose largeness has been dwarfed by unnecessary shutter frames. Here’s a tip to consider. Choose the shutter product that will complement your window’s size, not subtract from it.
6.Cheap Magnets, Screws & Shutter Accessories
This is another problem with cheap California shutters. Cheap shutter components hold them together. Cheap pins, screws and magnetic catches used to hold a shutter in the window will compromise its functionality and usability in the future.
7.Limited Lifetime Warranties
Not all cheap California shutter retailers and manufacturers have the same lifetime warranty. There are so many conditions that you are only protected for three to five years. Even before this, there is no guarantee that companies who install cheap products will come and replace your shutters for you. These companies aren’t service oriented. They’re in business to make a quick buck on you and get out. Don’t say we didn’t warn ya.
8.Disappointment & Frustration.
This is a primary headache that you want to avoid when buying shutters. Companies that compromise on one area of the three mentioned above usually are not effective at dissipating the frustration you feel when they fail you. Bottom line, buying cheap California Shutters is not a good option for your health or your home’s health.
Always remember. Service, Price & Quality : you can only pick two at any given time. Make sure to keep this in mind when choosing the right California or plantation shutter company for you. Our team at Shutter Boys recently broke down the cost of California shutters. Read that article if you want to make a more informed decision!