The Nitty Gritty Details on Woodlore Shutters
Shopping for shutters should be a fun experience. You get to imagine your home with the added fashion, privacy, selective lighting, and comfort that come from professionally-crafted and installed interior shutters. Most of our clients take the first step by looking at the photos on this site and imagining their own homes with the same ambiance and style that our shutters have added.
When you started your research, did your eyes say, “I want all-wood shutters,” but your wallet said, “Eyes, you can’t have all-wood shutters?”
Norman Woodlore Plantation shutters might just be the answer, as they are easy on the eyes and the wallet.
We are extremely impressed with Woodlore shutters, and so are our customers. Because over the past three decades, Norman has tackled – and eliminated – many problems that we used to see in composite shutters. That’s probably why Woodlore Plantation Shutters are currently the most popular shutters that we carry.
These Woodlore shutters have several desirable qualities. They are:
- Fully Custom
- Zero Maintenance
- Extremely Durable
- And finally, they come with a Lifetime Warranty to back it all up!
If you’re thinking about adding Plantation shutters inside your home, I hope you’ll invest another 5 minutes to keep reading and learn why we’re so enthusiastic about Woodlore Plantation shutters.
Let’s face it. The first thing most people notice about shutters is how great they look. And then, they want to touch them. Well, Woodlore shutters look, and feel, GREAT!
Here’s why. Every surface of a Woodlore shutter is covered with Norman’s patented polypropylene coating. This coating directly mimics the surface of a painted wood shutter in such a way that we challenge people in our showroom to choose which is which. Aside from being attractive, The polypropylene coating resists scratches, dents, chips, cracks, stains, and moisture, so the finish stays flawless for a lifetime. It also doesn’t have the shiny plastic look that some inferior vinyl shutters can have.
As far as the structure of the shutter, it’s what’s inside the coating that makes these shutters feel so … substantial. Woodlore shutters are constructed with a Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) body over an engineered wood skeleton. The MDF body is made from recycled wood fibers, wax, and resins which are compressed together under extreme pressure and heat. The result is a sturdy, and extremely dense wood composite (In fact, the MDF’s surface hardness is actually harder than most hardwoods). When you squeeze a louver, you can tell immediately that it’s not a cheap material. It’s strong. These shutters feel like … well, they feel exactly like wood.
When Norman wraps the strong MDF core in the polypropylene coating, you get a shutter that won’t bend, crack, or break if someone leans on it, or mistakenly bounces a football off of it. After all, accidents do happen.
But there’s more to the polypropylene surface than meets the eye. It includes a UV inhibitor that resists fading and yellowing that the suns rays can otherwise cause. This is more crucial than ever here in Florida. This means the front of your shutters will be the same color as the back, and you will never have to explain why one side looks a shade different than the other.
Bottom line: the special coating protects your shutters from all sorts of enemies. The surface looks new when the shutters are installed, and it will still look brand new, even years from now.
- Frame Choices
- Norman’s Patented InvisibleTilt System
- Window Sill Plates and Designer Sill Cap Options
- Louver Sizes (2.5″, 3.5″, and 4.5″)
- Bi-Fold and Bypass Systems for Sliding Glass Doors
- And Many Other Unique Options
Custom Divider Rails – If you wish, we also give you the option to add a divider rail to your shutters. A divider rail allows you to split the louvers into two sections. For example, maybe you want to keep the bottom three feet closed for privacy, but the top three feet open for light. It’s a nice touch that adds to both the elegance and useful functionality of your Woodlore shutters.
The MDF Construction and polypropylene coating have several more benefits beyond their appearance. This carefully-engineered construction means that your shutters will hold their shape forever. We’ve seen several brands of inferior quality wood and vinyl shutters that succumb to warping, cupping, swelling, or twisting over time. But not Woodlore. In fact, because of the curing process, the composite materials used in Woodlore Shutters can endure temperatures of 140 Fahrenheit with little to no changes in size or shape. Rest assured that they can more than handle Florida’s hottest, most humid days!
And since Woodlore shutters resist deformities like warping and cupping, you’ll get years of smooth operation because you won’t be fighting with warped or swollen louvers.
A standard component of shutters is the tilt bar. The tilt bar is the connecting bar on the front of the louvers, and is attached to the louvers by staples. But here, again, Norman solved a common problem.
Staples can corrode. They can pull out or break over time. Norman solves this common problem by using longer, stainless steel staples that improve the durability and function of the tilt bar. The part of the staple that gets buried in the MDF core also has a glue that digs into the material when it’s pulled. All of this ensures that these staples are staying put for a long time.
Norman also offers a very cool alternative to the visible front-and-center tilt bar. They call it InvisibleTilt, and we love it. With this option, the mechanism to swivel the louvers is completely hidden within the stiles (the sides of the shutters). And we’re not just talking about a bar attached to the back side of the shutter. There is NO BAR. No staples. No tilt bar obstructing a portion of your view. Just tilt one louver, and the rest will follow. And, because every louver moves at exactly the same rate and angle, you get perfect uniformity with each motion and a solid, no-gaps closure. A VERY nice touch!
They have Zero Maintenance
Since the polypropylene coating resists scratches and chips and cracks, you won’t spend any time touching up minor flaws.
Since the coating resists fading and yellowing, you won’t spend any time restoring their original luster.
Since the frames are solid, you won’t be hammering corners back together (read more about the frames in a minute).
Since the tilt bar uses long stainless steel staples with glue that’s activated by friction, you won’t be dealing with rusty or lost staples.
Since the MDF core is so strong, you won’t spend any time or money replacing broken louvers. In fact, our warranty repair rate is extremely low!
And, since the surface of each louver is smooth, they’re easy to clean. There are no tiny pores for dust to hide in. Smudges and splatters wipe off without much of a struggle.
These shutters are built solidly, and they’re ready to stand up to much more abuse than they’re ever likely have to.
They’re Extremely Durable!
So far, I’ve talked to you about the ability of Woodlore shutters to:
- resist scratches, dents, chips, cracks, stains, and moisture
- resist fading and yellowing
- survive leaning humans and bouncing balls
- resist warping, cupping, an twisting
- defeat tilt bar failure
Those are the types of problems composite shutters used to have (And some brands that still do), until Norman solved them. But there’s one more durability problem we don’t worry about any more, thanks to Norman.
Have you seen tables and chairs fall apart in the corners after months or years of being lifted, dropped, and pushed around? There’s a twisting, or “racking” motion, that puts a lot of stress on the corners. Furniture makers combat that stress by using a manufacturing technique called Mortise and Tenon for corners. These corners are much more rugged than corners that use a couple small wooden dowels.
Well, shutters get some of that same racking stress in their corners. So Norman uses the same Mortise and Tenon construction in their shutters. It’s a more expensive and time consuming technique for Norman, but it ensures that your shutters will last a lifetime. Again, ensuring that you are getting on of the most durable shutters on the market!
So, What’s Your Next Step?
By now, if you’ve made it all the way down here on the page, you’ve probably decided that Woodlore Shutters are going to be a great choice for your home, but if you’re like most people, you’re concerned about the price. Just how much does it cost to buy and install Woodlore shutters here in Orlando? Well, there are too many variables for us to give you a 100% accurate estimate here, but there are 3 easy ways you can get that estimate.
- Schedule a Free In-Home Estimate Today and set up a time to meet with one of our experts in your home to go over all of your options, measure your windows, and give you our lowest price up-front while we are there!
- Measure your windows and/or doors yourself and call us at 407.847.5777. Give us the measurements, and we’ll give you an estimate right there on the phone. It’s that easy.
- Come to our showroom in Kissimmee. See the different colors. Feel the sturdy frames and louvers for yourself. Run your fingers across the polypropylene surface. Watch InvisibleTilt in action so you see how smoothly one louver controls all the others and closes them all with a tight fit. Picture the 2½” louvers in your kitchen, or the 3½” inch louvers in your dining room. Consider it your Plantation Shutter test-drive 🙂 You can even compare Woodlore Shutters to the other major brands that we sell!