Shutters come pre-fitted in a 4 sided frame as standard. 4 sided means, there is a top, bottom, left and right side, the frame supports shutters all around. They help reduce light and ensure magnets can be fitted at the top and bottom to keep the shutters closed within the frame.
Depending on your window style you can choose how many frame sides you require. For example, with a half-height design, you may not want the top section of the frame across your window. With a doorway with no threshold, you may not want the bottom section of the frame. It’s also possible not to order a frame and just order the panels only.
The number of frame sides will not affect the cost, you can choose from:
4 Sided (Standard)
4 Sided (With Tposts)
4 Sided (Partial)
3 Sided (No bottom)
3 Sided (No top)
2 Sided (No top or bottom)
1 Sided (No top or bottom)
4 Sided – Standard clearance between the shutters and frame is all allowed for with a 4 sided frame. Where possible, order a 4 sided frame, they are easier to fit and support the shutters all round.
3 Sided (no bottom) – As standard, there will be a 2.5mm gap between the bottom of the shutters and frame. For unsupported shutters, larger clearance gaps can be ordered between the floor and shutters which will void the guarantee. The guaranteed unsupported folding options are: L,R,LR. Order 3 sided frame if you are planning on keeping your shutters open most of the time and you don’t want a bottom frame across the window sill. 3 sided frames are great on patio doors where there is no bottom threshold to step over.
3 sided (no top) – When ordering half height, the shutters and frames will be flush at the top. When ordering ‘Full Height’ there will be a 2.5mm clearance gap between the top of the shutters and top of the frame. This design is used on half height or cafe style shutter designs. On large windows, it will be harder to line up the shutters at the top where they meet as there will be no magnets.
2 Sided (No top or bottom) – As standard, there will be 2.5mm clearance between the top frame and top of the shutter and bottom frame and bottom of the shutter. The frame and shutters can be ordered flush with each other if required. You may want this option when fitting directly onto a window or door.