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California Shutters Knowledge Base2018-09-12T14:44:04+00:00

Frequently Asked Questions – Our California Shutters Knowledgebase

Homeowners in Toronto, Ontario and all over Canada have lots of questions regarding California Shutters, Plantation Shutters and Window Shutters in general – we have built a growing knowledge base to answer all of these questions! Select your category below, or browse all questions and answers.

If you have questions that aren’t covered here or need more urgent help with your enquiry, feel free to contact us – we’re always available to help.

What areas do you serve?2018-09-09T22:53:13+00:00

We make and install custom California shutters throughout Southern Ontario, Toronto and the GTA (Greater Toronto Area), roughly about a 60km radius from downtown Toronto. Here’s a list of some of the major cities we serve. Note that this is just a major city ‘guideline’. If your city isn’t listed, please contact us as we may still be able to help you 🙂

We can also service areas further out from Toronto, by arrangement for whole-home installations. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

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What are California shutters made of?2018-09-06T03:45:19+00:00

California shutters are traditionally made from materials such as vinyl and wood. Vinyl tends to be quite a cheap material, and doesn’t tend to last as well as other alternatives. Wood is, like any wooden product, more susceptible to moisture, temperature and humidity changes in your home and can warp over time. Wood shutters also tend to be quite expensive – they look nice, but don’t offer great value for your money.

We use a material called PolyTek, which although man made is 100% recyclable (vinyl is not) and eco-friendly. Our PolyTek shutters are built over extruded aluminum so they are very strong and never warp or sag like wood and vinyl can. The price of our shutters is not much more than cheap vinyl, and less expensive than wood or ‘premium’ vinyl – for better quality and longer life.

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Where to buy California shutters in Brampton2018-09-06T03:23:51+00:00

There are lots of shutter suppliers and dealers in Brampton that sell California shutters – there are a few who actually make their own custom shutters right here in the Toronto area. GTA Shutters is one of those few – choosing our shutters means you are buying factory direct.

Most shutter suppliers sell vinyl or wood California shutters – these tend to be lower quality materials that do not last as long as our PolyTek shutters. Our shutters will also never warp, crack, chip or fade like other materials such as vinyl or wood. If you’re trying to find the best place to buy California Shutters in Brampton – you should talk to us first. 🙂

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Where to buy California shutters in Mississauga2018-09-06T03:19:42+00:00

There are lots of shutter suppliers and dealers in Mississauga that sell California shutters – there are a few who actually make their own custom shutters right here in the Toronto area. GTA Shutters is one of those few – choosing our shutters means you are buying factory direct.

Most shutter suppliers sell vinyl or wood California shutters – these tend to be lower quality materials that do not last as long as our PolyTek shutters. Our shutters will also never warp, crack, chip or fade like other materials such as vinyl or wood. If you’re trying to find the best place to buy California Shutters in Mississauga – you should talk to us first. 🙂

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Where to buy California shutters in Toronto?2018-09-06T03:16:07+00:00

There are lots of shutter suppliers and dealers in Toronto that sell California shutters – there are a few who actually make their own custom shutters in Toronto. GTA Shutters is one of those few – choosing our shutters means you are buying factory direct.

Most shutter suppliers sell vinyl or wooden shutters – these tend to be lower quality materials that do not last as long as our PolyTek shutters. Our shutters will also never warp, crack, chip or fade like other materials such as vinyl or wood. If you’re trying to find the best place to buy California Shutters in Toronto – you should talk to us first. 🙂

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How to clean California shutters?2018-09-06T03:08:48+00:00

California shutters are very easy to clean – much easier and quicker than drapes, blinds or shades. With any shutters you can just use a normal surface cleaner for any stubborn marks or stains. For normal periodic dusting, just use a dry or damp cleaning cloth or wipe.

With wooden shutters, you should stick to using a dry cloth, or if you do use a damp cloth try not to leave any excess moisture on the wood that could cause the wood to swell or warp.

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How much are California shutters in Canada?2018-09-06T02:58:01+00:00

There are a lot of variables involved, not least the material used in making the shutters, but here’s a good rule-of-thumb guide to pricing:

Budget vinyl shutters – $14-$18 per square foot

Wooden shutters – $30-$40+ per square foot

‘Premium’ vinyl shutters – $30-$40 per square foot

PolyTek (the material we use for our shutters, which is actually better quality and much more durable than premium vinyl or wood) – $22-$30 per square foot.

Note there is sometimes extra cost involved depending on the type and size of existing window frames and trim. Get in touch with us and we can give you a more precise free quote with no obligation.

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How much are California shutters?2018-09-03T21:58:01+00:00

There are a lot of variables involved, not least the material used in making the shutters, but here’s a good rule-of-thumb guide to pricing:

Budget vinyl shutters – $14-$18 per square foot

Wooden shutters – $30-$40+ per square foot

‘Premium’ vinyl shutters – $30-$40 per square foot

PolyTek (the material we use for our shutters, which is actually better quality and much more durable than premium vinyl or wood) – $22-$30 per square foot.

Note there is sometimes extra cost involved depending on the type and size of existing window frames and trim. Get in touch with us and we can give you a more precise free quote with no obligation.

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Are California shutters still in style?2018-09-03T21:49:46+00:00

Yes, for sure – they never really go ‘out’ of style as their design is rather timeless and clean. Our are especially clean looking as they don’t have an exposed tilt bar on them. Good quality shutters are basically a once in a lifetime purchase that are neutral in colour and style – there’s really nothing to go out of style compared to things like patterned or coloured blinds, drapes or shades.

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What types of windows can you fit shutters to?2018-09-03T21:28:19+00:00

We can fit shutters to almost any common style of house, condo or office window, including Bay windows, French doors, Patio doors, Sliding doors and custom arches. Note that framing is required for windows with less than 2 inch trim depth – this will be included in the quote given at the time of measuring your windows if needed.

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Are California shutters easy to clean?2018-09-03T21:32:26+00:00

Our shutters are super easy to clean – unlike blinds or curtains, you can simply wipe your shutters blades with a damp cloth or napkin occasionally to keep them clean. No other maintenance is required. Shutters = easy life!

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What’s the light control of shutters like?2018-09-03T21:34:36+00:00

California shutters offer you ultimate control over the light that comes into your room, compared to curtains, shades or blinds. Your bedroom will be properly dark at night so you sleep well, and during the day you can keep almost all sunlight out meaning your house is cooler and you spend less on air conditioning!

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Are your California shutters the cheapest?2018-09-03T21:35:26+00:00

Honestly – no, our shutters won’t be the cheapest, but equally neither are we the most expensive! With our shutters you get a premium quality product, at a more mid-range price tag as we sell factory direct.

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Do you offer a warranty on your shutters?2018-09-03T21:36:21+00:00

Yes – we’re so confident in the quality of our shutters, we offer a 25 year/lifetime warranty. If something goes wrong or breaks, you call us and we fix it. Simple!

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I want shutters, but not sure where to start. Can you help?2018-09-03T21:37:13+00:00

Sure! We’re super friendly and here to help you get the best shutters on the market at the right price. The process is easy, just give us a call or request a quote, we can come and measure up. If everything is agreed we take a small deposit, make your shutters and come back to install them soon after.

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Do your shutters have that ugly tilt bar on the outside to open and close them?2018-09-03T21:37:51+00:00

No – our shutters don’t have an ugly tilt bar on the outside to open them with. You can open and close our shutters easily just by rotating one blade. The others are linked using a concealed linkage, out of sight for a super clean, neat look.

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How long does it take to get shutters?2018-09-03T21:38:24+00:00

It varies according to the size, shape and number of windows but typically we make and install your shutters within 1-3 weeks of your order being placed. If you need super-emergency-fast shutters, contact us – we will always try to help.

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Can I fit California shutters to a bay window?2018-09-03T21:39:43+00:00

Yes, for sure! We fit California shutters to bay windows all the time, they fit perfectly and look amazing!

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