Re: shutter kits2
May 14, 2007 10:32 am
We looked into these as our windows were difficult to fit and because Hubby is a cabinet maker we thought he would be able to fit them himself quite easily.
He liked the idea at first, but he had never heard of the timber they use, Paulownia, from Native Asia? He just wasn't sure about it although their website says it's getting rave reviews.
It just made us wonder why they used it.
It's a much cheaper option though if you are on a budget, just not sure about the quality and durability.
Re: shutter kits3
May 30, 2007 8:45 pm
We've decided to give them a go, initially for two 'lesser' windows to see whether it is worth our while, quality and time wise. I'll be sure to post in about 8 weeks.
I've seen the real deal and to be honest wasn't overly enamoured with a product that costs two thirds more for the priviledge of 'ready made'.
I've heard of Pawlonia, it's a quick growing plantation timber, better known as an agricultural investment sceheme aka save lotsa tax
Re: shutter kits4
May 30, 2007 10:21 pm
This doesn't sound too promising:
"Testing by CSIRO in Australia has shown that Paulownia wood is very attractive for wood-boring insects. "
Although, better they go for the shutters instead of the frame
Re: shutter kits5
May 30, 2007 10:46 pm
This does sound promising
"Paulownia Timber is easy to plane, saw or carve and is extremely stable with a low expansion and contraction factor. It is also termite resistant and has a very high ignition temperature 425C compared to the hardwood average of 235C. Very high thermal, audio and electrical insulation factors as well as a high strength to weight ratio makes it a great choice for internal wall cladding, ceilings, doors, window frames as well as joinery and mouldings. Paulownia Timber won't split when nailed, even at the ends of the boards.
Re: shutter kits8
May 31, 2007 9:06 am
Paulownia was being pushed in OZ about 15 to 20 years ago and was trialed in Darwin and the southern states for it's incredibly rapid growth rates in our climate. As to the other "bad" things I was not aware of them when i was considering growing it as a sideline income.
Re: shutter kits9
May 31, 2007 1:36 pm
I went to their showroom last week in Mordialloc. They quoted me around $2.2K for 2.4x2 and 1.8x2m windows. One of my concern is I dont have confidence in painting this myself after spending 2K on it. I havent got any quotes for the finished product so I dont know how much the difference.
Anyway, the lady that I talked to was nice and explained to me in details about the paulownia wood. She gave the sample which is a ~10cm piece of blade and also the research reports that explained abt how good this wood is (termite resistant, etc).
Re: shutter kits11
May 31, 2007 2:28 pm
I am interested in shutter kits offered by http://www.portphillip.com.au
Anyone has used it before? good and bad?
I came across them while doing my researh on plantation shutters. Personally not sold on the type of timber they use because nobody else seems to use that type of wood.
Anyway, I came across http://shutterkits.com.au/. They're based in QLD so I won't be using them. But price wise they seem to be the cheapest so far that I've found. Of websites that provide prices online, anyway. And they also use cedar wood. Someone said they were quoted 2k for a 2.4 x 2m and 1.8 x 2m shutters. According to the aforementioned website theirs would cost around the 1600 mark.
Also came across http://shuttersrus.com.au/. But they seem to cost an arm and a leg!
Re: shutter kits14
Jun 03, 2007 10:58 am
How's that quote going, dazcla?
He quoted me for basswood installed. So they aren't shutter kits that I would have to paint myself or anything.
He also goes by the name of Shutter Style.
His quote $2851. For following dimensions.
Dining 2945 x 613
Rumpus 3426 x 614
rumpus 3424 x 613
His quote was more expensive than Victory and he has a 2 yr warranty while they have a 5 yr warranty. He said he would like to re-assess the quote so we'll see. He is a carpenter so I like the sound of that where as I've been told that Victory's installers have a 2 day training and that's it.
Victory was $2730.
Dollar C&B $2377. (but only a 1yr warranty.
Still waiting on 2 more quotes from American International Drapes and MCB Interiors.
Re: shutter kits17
Jun 03, 2007 8:23 pm
Ah but grass hopper, I have a strange window.
Its 3m wide by .5 m high, so I need to get 2 shutters in there.
Also the rumpus, excuse me Cinema room (( ) has 4 windows that are small then the stated sizes.
Will chase them up tomorrow.
Re: shutter kits19
Jul 16, 2007 9:11 am
How is the quote going, dazcla and Adrian?
I am still trying to get as many quotes as I can. Last night I came across this:
Anyone heard of this type before? This is as cheap as the shutter kit but I'm not sure the quality of it. Will email them soon.
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