TRADE – FAQ
Do I need a middle rail with a half height design?
No, you do not need a horizontal rail with half height shutters unless you have a feature on the window for the rail to line up with or you have high windows and you’re over the height limit.
Do you supply tracked shutters for a doorway?
Yes, you can fit track mounted shutters on a doorway.
Tracked shutters can be fitted windows, patio doors or used as room dividers.
This video shows how track mounted shutters are operated.
Can shutters be opened on bay windows?
Generally, customers keep their shutters closed and just open and close the louvres to let the light in so you don’t need to worry about where the shutters fold back too.
Shutters are fitted in frames, there is normally one frame per angle or window section on your bay, shutters will hinge open within each frame section so they can’t all fold back to one side like curtains.
When you open the centre shutters on a bay window they would fold open in front of the side windows when folded back.
He is a video showing some shutters fitted in a round bay window.
Can you supply shutter samples
Yes, we can provide standard shutter samples via the order form or you can order your own custom size samples.
Please contact us if you would like advice on what samples are best.
How much depth do u need to fit shutters?
With 76mm or 89mm louvres, you need a 60mm deep L frame, your shutters will look best if your recess is deeper than 60mm.
If you have a shallow recess, you might need to fit low profile handles or align diving rails with handles to help minimise protrusion.
Another option is to use a Deco frame and fix this on the face of the wall rather than within the recess.
Shutter panels are 25.4mm thick, they can be mounted on a 30mm deep hang strip, so if there is room for the louvres to tilt within any glass area, the minimum recess could be 30mm.
Do shutters block out much light?
Shutters block out enough light to be used in bedrooms.
If you work nights and sleep during the day, we offer a blackout shutter option combining a blackout blind within the shutter frame.
This has a bespoke frame that the blind fits in, the blind is controlled by cords in the normal way, to access the cord controls just open the shutter, realise the cords and the blind will slide down a channel blocking out most of the light.
Are shutters suitable for the bathroom?
Yes, the Standard ABS shutters are a waterproof shutter ideal for the bathroom, kitchen or wet rooms.
They look very similar to the wooden plantation shutters and have an extremely high-quality matt finish.
The ABS shutters have wider 50mm side stiles rather than the usual 40mm, they have stainless steel hinges and ball catches rather than magnets.
Tiles halfway up my recess?
If you have tiles that go halfway up your window recess, there are a few options you can choose from.
- Measure the smallest width between the tiles and fit the shutters with two shadow gaps, a smaller gap between the tiles and a larger gap above the tiles.
- Customise your shutter frame by ordering a frame with a cut-out so the frame fits around the tiles. This will add to the cost of the shutter, but the shutters will look more fitted. Cutouts are only available with wooden shutters.
Can you fit shutters to patio doors?
Yes, you can easily fit shutters onto patio doors or French doors, simply treat them as you would a window.
You may need to:
- Remove the skirting board from the inside of the reveal.
- Cut out the frame around the skirting board.
- Use battens to create a sub frame if you have a large handles.
- Order 3 sided frames if there is not bottom threshold
- Use bi-folding shutters if the door is wide
What is the Shadow Gap?
The shadow gap is the secret to fitting shutters!
12mm clearance is deducted from your width and height measurements to ensure the frame fits within the recess, this provides a 6mm clearance gap or ‘shadow gap’ around the shutter frame.
The shadow acts like an infill and creates a neat finish between the wall frame:
This is important as normally recesses are not square or straight.
It is neater to leave a natural shadow than it is to fill the gap, generally filler will shrink and will not match the frame colour or wall colour, hence the natural shadow looks and provides a professional finish.
Sound proof shutters?
Our shutters are not designed as a soundproof solution, but they will naturally help reduce the noise in your room.
The best solution would be to use the Blackout Shutters as they will come with a honeycomb internal blind that will also provide some extra noise reduction.
Shutters that concertina are referred to as bi-folding shutters.
You can find more information on Folding within the info hub, search ‘folding’.
Generally, concertina shutters come in pairs, so can also be referred to as LL (left/left) or RR (right/right) on the website.
Shutters only, no frame?
It is possible to order shutters without a frame.
There is a ‘no frame’ option on the order.
Remember the louvres protrude from the back of the shutter panel, so make sure they will not hit anything.
Off set folding
The offset folding option allows you to customise the width of each shutter to suit your window layout without using Tposts.
This can affect how the shutters fold back to the sides and in some cases might prevent the shutters folding right back to the side of the recess.
If you require offset folding, please request it via the notes box on the order form.
Why do you supply s:craft shutters?
We choose to supply S:CRAFT shutters because in our opinion they are currently the best shutters on the market for quality, choice of frames and options.
What are LDF shutters?
LDF stands for Light Density Fibreboard and is a man-made shutter, also known as Craftwood or MDF.
Named on our website as Standard MDF (Antigua).
FSC certified white teak shutters
Elite Plus (Sumatra) wooden shutters are now FSC® certified and made from White Teak.
We have a trademark licence that allows us to promote the Elite Plus shutters as a FSC® certified product.
Our licence number is FSC® N001950
What is a sill plate?
A sill plate is used on Deco frames or Z frames when the shutter frame needs to fit down flat onto a window sill.
The decorative part of the frame is removed providing a flat surface.
Sill plates make fitting frames easier and allow the use of Tposts.