frequently asked questions . . .
Of course, there are many others and so, if your question isn't here, please feel free to contact us on 01525 620 211
or send us a message with your enquiries.
Why choose Buzzard Shutters?
Buying Plantation Shutters is a big decision and one you need to get right without any sales pressure.
Where is Buzzard Shutters based?
Our offices and showrooms as well as our warehouse, are all in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire. Many of our customers prefer to deal locally and we are excatly that, a local company staffed by local people, with vast experience.
Does Buzzard Shutters offer a full measure and install service?
How much do shutters cost?
Shutters are a high end window dressing product and the price reflects this.
What area does Buzzard Shutters cover?
Our shutters are installed in homes in . . .
Quality matters, can you tell me about Buzzard Shutters range?
Our shutters are have an estimated forty year life span and have a five year guarantee!
We use mortice and tenon joints as these are much stronger than pencil dowels.
The side stiles are made from engineered hardwood which almost totally prevents any warping, twisting or bending
They have six coats of paint for a perfect finish
UV protection is applied to prevent any yellowing or fading for years to come.
What colours are available?
We offer a wide range of whites, neutrals and deeper colours including a number of grey tones as standard across all shutter types. In addition, we have wood stains available including bang on trend, open grains for our hardwood shutters.
How do I measure my windows?
While we stroongly recommend using our in house design, measure and fit service, we respect the fact that some people like to do it themself. If that is you, we have a free measuring guide and a free fitting guide available to guide and help you. Please contact us if you'd like a copy of either.
What about payment?
We have to pay for your shutters in full when we order them and so, we ask for a deposit of about 80% followed by the balance on fitting day itself. You have a choice of paying by:-
You can pay by electonic banking
We accept all major credit and debit cards
But Now, Pay Later interest free over four months with PayPal
How long will my shutters take to arrive?
Our standard delivery time, which is free of charge, is ten weeks from survey or payment - whichever is the latest.
What sort of guarantee do you provide me with?
You'llo have peace of mind for a full FIVE years with our hardwood or uPVC shutters while our composite shutters are guaranteed for TEN years!! Our warranty against all manufacturing faults is provided by the importer and starts on the day your shutters are delivered to us.
Do you fit the shutters direct to my window frames?
Wherever and whenever possible, we avoid fixing to your window frames. We prefer to fix to solid or plasterboard walls using tried and tested fixings, In this way, we preserve any window wartranty you have.
Do you have a showroom I can visit?
Yes, we have an extensive plantation shutter showroom in Leighton Buzzard, where real windows are fitted with our products in a range styles, sizes and with a variety of control options. You are welcome to look, touch, open, close and generally get to know our full size, working shutters in our showroom.
Do you offer DIY shutters?
Yes, if you have reasonable DIY skills and want to save some money, we offer a DIY options. We don't recommend trying to measure or fit a bay window or special shape yourself as these are extremely complicated.
How much does delivery cost?
Standard delivery of your shutters to our warehouse is included in the price you pay us, this takes about ten to twelve weeks from survey or payment, whichever is the later.
Will my room be really dark?
There are two parts to this answer really:
Why should I choose plantation shutters instead of curtains or blinds?
Here are ten good reasons to choose shutters for your window dressings
Stylish with a tradiitional contemporary touch
Plantation shutters are a stylish, contemporary and timeless window dressing solution.
Perfect solution for unusual shaped windows
Our shutters are made to measure perfectly whatever the shape of the window. Whether your window is square, rectangular or something more unusual like a triangle or porthole, shutters can be tailored to exactly fit the size and shape of your window.
Extremely durable and long lasting
Plantation shutters are extremely durable and long lasting, they are made of high quality hardwood or uPVC and are fixed in place like doors. They are very resilient and unlikely to break or to suffer from wear and tear. They last longer than blinds and are easier to clean.
Provide privacy and light control
Shutter blinds are incredibly versatile and provide privacy and light control that curtains and blinds simply cannot match. Depending on the louvre size you choose, you can have full privacy while allowing a generous amount of light to come in, particularly if you choose our split close option.
Improve your homes energy efficiency
Because shutters are custom made to fit the window, there are less gaps for cold air to get into the room or for heat to get out. They can help improve energy performance and reduce heating bills.
Reduce external noise levels
Shutters can help reduce the amount of external noise in the room.
Help prevent damage to furniture and carpets
Your shutters can be set to be partially open which deflects incoming sunlight, this helps to reduce the impact of the sun on fabrics, furniture and carpets.
Act as a deterrent to burglars
Standard hardwood interior shutters can help with security as they make it difficult to see into your home from outside and help to deter burglars.
We have a range of aluminium security plantation shutters available which are lockable and offer very high security levels with panache and style.
Add extra value and kerb appeal
Window shutters may add to the value of a home and make it more desireable to buyers, they also improve the look of your house from both the inside and out.
Shutters are perfect for children’s rooms, there are no cords on shutters which makes them very safe.
I'm worried about the colour changing
Our shutters are finished using a water based paint that is kinder to the environmentt that other paints. It is enhanced with a UV protector and this protects your shutters from any noticeable yellowing, fading or colour change over the life of your shutters.