High Quality vs. Low Quality Aluminum Window Shutters: What Differentiates Them?

Written by AnonymousApril 13, 2011

Discussing the Differences Between Low and High Quality Aluminum Window Shutters

Aluminum is a durable material commonly used for windows and shutters. It insulates, protects, and blocks sunlight, and it’s rust-resistant. It’s easy to tell the difference between a low quality and high quality aluminum window shutter. All you have to do is look at construction, thickness, and design.

Construction

High quality aluminum window shutters use a number of materials and techniques to increase durability and life, while low quality shutters use certain materials and techniques to save money. High quality shutters have two or more coats of paint and the louvers (slats) are thicker. They also have butt hinges, which offer a stronger hold than other types of hinges used to attach the shutters to the home. The panels are also joined by rabbeting rather than glue, which is a more effective method of joining two pieces of material.

Low quality shutters have only one coat of paint, which can peel and chip quickly. They also have thin louvers, which bend easily. The panels are usually joined by glue instead of rabbeting, and they have weaker hinges than high quality shutters, So they break easily.

Design

High quality aluminum windows have five louvers or more. Low quality shutters are cut to fit, so they have four louvers or less. Cut-to-fit designs are less expensive to make because they’re made to predetermined sizes, then cut to fit your window. Because they have fewer louvers, cut-to-fit designs have restricted views, they allow less light in, and they look shoddy.

High quality aluminum shutters are designed to fit the dimensions of a specific window, so they’re custom. The finished product is a high quality one that allows more air and light to enter.

Thickness

The vertical pieces on the sides of each shutter panel are called stiles. The stile thickness on a high quality aluminum window shutter is from 1 to 1 1/16 inches thick. Stiles on a low quality shutter are around 15/16 inches thick. Thicker stiles are sag-proof, more stable, and less likely to warp over time.

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