How can you offer a lifetime guarantee? When crafting shutters, it is important to pick the very best materials. David Hayes of Hayes Shutters personally looks for the very best materials and components to go into his shutters. Price is never the number one priority but quality always is. Fortunately, David has built excellent relationships with his suppliers and this allows him to obtain excellent pricing that he can pass on to his customers without sacrificing quality.
The first thing that David does is to look at the strength of the materials and he gives special attention to the wood itself. The wood needs to have little or no grain rise so that it will take whatever finish is eventually chosen. Grain rise is the term for the smoothness of the wood. If there are fibers and other forms of roughness on the surface of the wood, this will lead to a dull and uneven appearance once the final finish is put on the wood. When the wood is of poor quality with a noticeable grain rise, it absorbs moisture both from the finish and from the atmosphere more easily. This in turn leads to corrosion and warping which of course, will shorten the life of the shutters.
Next, David holds the wood up to the light to make sure that it is defect free. Any defect could make the wood less resistant to corrosion. He painstakingly looks at how the wood has been cut and at the type of wood itself. If the wood has not been cut carefully, unnecessary fibers are broken, especially at the ends. Once these fibers are broken, the wood’s natural resistance to moisture, insects, heat, and other sources of decay and corrosion are weakened. Since shutters should last a lifetime, David looks for whole wood that can resist the elements for decades.
This also means that the type of wood that is used to make the shutters is important. David never uses imported wood as there is no guarantee that it has been reliably sourced or that it is of great quality. Instead, he chooses wood from right here in the United States. One of the most popular woods is basswood. Basswood grows faster than it is harvested and comes from farms that have been certified as sustainable. Basswood will not split, crack, swell, warp, or sag. Because of its strength, it can stand up to heat, moisture, and daily use. Other popular woods include alder, maple, cherry, pine, oak, and polar. David’s years of experience in the building industry allow him to know what kind of wood will work best for each type of shutter. He knows that the right kind of wood used in the right way will produce a quality product that will last for years.
The quality of the finish on the shutters is also crucial. It is important that finish will also last for years without chipping, fading, or peeling. In order to make sure that the finish matches the quality of the shutters, David always uses Sherwin Williams’ high quality latex, water borne lacquer. The lacquer is commercial grade, UV resistant, and non-toxic.
Finally, the components also need to be the best quality. Cheap hinges, handles, levers, or other components will cheapen the shutters too, so David again selects components that are made in America of durable and beautiful material. By looking at every part of the shutters, down to the smallest detail, David ensures that Hayes Shutters will add value to any home for decades. As David always says, “Quality materials equal quality shutters!”