There are many stores out there that will claim to sell you the best when it comes to window shutters. It is no problem when you are buying branded products like Hunter Douglas shutters. The issue starts when you buy the usual window shutter.
One problem that can occur is that you are paying more that what you should be. This means that you are buying something expensive but with a low quality. Some shops do this by claiming that their window shutters are customised when the reality is that it was merely prefabricated products but cut down to your window size. There are also shops that will claim you will get a very unique window shutter but are in fact part of something mass produced. One of a kind indeed.
Another problem that you need to avoid in buying them is to watch out for certain product names. In particular materials that end in “wood.” They are actually another term for a different type of material. For example Artwood sounds expensive but it is a name for something that is made from styrene, a derivative of plastic. How about Craftwood? The shop may argue that it is technically made of wood. Well wood shavings and glue to be exact. So be careful when they start to give fancy names for materials. There are materials that may actually be made of real wood but the wood itself is not of high quality but the cheap kind itself.
When it comes to window coverings, Hunter Douglas shutters is at the top not just for the quality but also because of the lifetime guarantee. Some shops will thus offer what may seem like a long warranty but may not be able to deliver when actually needed. This is because some shops will just offer extra to have more than others.
All of these problems mentioned relate to the actual product. That is the shutters themselves. Another problem when it comes to buying them is not on the product but on the installation. For instance you may actually be getting a window shutter that is of high quality but when it is installed the hardware used was not at par with the window covering. Before you know it part of the frame is damaged because the screws used for instance are cheap. Speaking of installation, many shops offer such services. What you may not know however is that the employee doing the work may not know that much about shutters and is instead a blinds specialist.
These are just a few of the problems that you are likely to face when you buy a window shutter. Thus before buying you must to be sure to do proper research on the shop where you will be buying from. Look for shops that are affiliated with professional groups or have state certification. Buying window coverings is difficult enough. That said what you buy should always be what you paid for. When buying shutters never be afraid to ask questions.