Looking for Extrior Shutters? How about Decrotive Shutters? Many common spelling mistakes happen when searching for exterior shutters and this guide was created to assist the absolute beginner who may have less than perfect spelling habits start looking for window coverings for their home.
Here are some of the ways exterior shutters are commonly misspelled:
Shutters – Shutters are often misspelled as shudders, shutters gateshead, shuuters, shetters, shuttes, sutters, or hutters. Often people use combinations of keywords when searching, such as exterior shudders, window shudders, wood shudders, or house shudders.
Exterior Shutters – Common misspellings for the term exterior are extrior, exterial, exterier, and exterior shuttes. Exterior shutters are sometimes referred to as outside shutters, outdoor shutters, or external shutters. Rest assured, all of these phrases mean shutters for the outside of houses.
Decorative Shutters – Decorative is also commonly misspelled. Often you will see it misspelled as decrative or decrotive. Sometimes this term is shortened to deco and they are alternatively referred to as ornamental shutters, imitation shuters, synthetic hutters, or faux shuters.
Vinyl Shutters – Vinyl is one of the most commonly misspelled words in the shutter industry. It is frequenly misspelled as vinal, vinyle, viynel, vinly, vynil, viny, vinaly, vynal, viynal, or vynal. Vinyl shutters are commonly made of a weatherproof polypropelene (poly), polystyrene, or a copolymer, and are often referred to as plastic shutters. Decorative plastic shutters is another common term in use since it is not possible to make them operable. This is because they have a hollow back and the structural integrity of vinyl is not strong enough to mount on operable hinges. Sometimes vinyl shutters are mistakenly referred to as nylon shutters.
Custom Shutters – Custom is sometimes misspelled as custume, custome, or costum. Custom shutters are sometimes referred to as tailored shutters or perfect shutters because they are typically made to the exact size of your window opening.
Window Shutters – Window is sometimes spelled as wndow, wundow, or wandow, but the term is not misspelled very frequently.
Louver Shutters – Louver or louvered is sometimes spelled as luver or loover. The French spelling for louver is louvre or louvred. They are sometimes referred to as slat shutters because they are made as a frame with horizontal slats that sometimes open and close.
Panel Shutters – Panel or paneled shutters come in many different flavors such as raised panel shutters, flat panel shutters (sometimes called classic panel shutters), and solid panel shutters. Panel is sometimes mistakenly spelled panle or panal.
Board and Batten Shutters – Board and batten is very commonly misspelled. Usually it is misspelled board and batton, bat and batten, or board and baton. Mid-America building products popularized the common misspelling Board-N-Batten by making it a brand name.
Shutter-Loks – Shutter-Loks are one-way plastic fasteners that are used to mount vinyl exterior shutters. While they are not frequently misspelled, people in general don’t know what to call them. There are many terms in common use such as “plastic shutter pins”, “push pins for shutters”, “window shutter plastic clips”, “plastic anchors”, “press lok for shutters”, “shutter plugs”, “one way reverse anchor locks”, and “shutter locks”.
Choosing a Company
Buying window coverings locally is very common, however there are also many online companies to choose from. Shopping online is getting more and more popular because your selection is typically better and prices are typically lower than what you can find locally. Some online companies are only marketing companies that resell shutters while others are factories that build and ship them directly to you. Here are a few tips to help you choose a company:
- Make sure you know what type of company you are buying from. Take a careful look at the website. Does it say manufacturer or fabricator? If not, you are probably looking at a middle man’s website and not the manufacturer. Logic dictates that you can get lower prices from a manufacturer or fabricator than you can from a middle man. If the prices are lower on a middle man’s site, you are probably looking at an inferior product.
- How are they packaged? Shipping damage is very common when buying from companies online. If it doesn’t say on the website how the shutters are shipped you might want to call and check. Also, find out what the company policy is for damaged merchandise as custom shutters typically can’t be returned.
- Are they a member of the Better Business Bureau? Companies that are members of the BBB tend to have better reputations than companies with no membership.
- Take a look at their credentials. There should be an About Us or Contact Us page on the site. You can quickly tell whether the company has just appeared out of nowhere or if they have been in business for a while. Another good (and more reliable) way to check the length of time the company has been online is by using the internet archive. You should also be able to tell how much knowledge they have about exterior shutters by how the site is structured. Do they have a glossary of terms? Do they have installation instructions? Do they have measuring instructions? Do they have a toll free number? Don’t be left in the cold with a company that isn’t willing to help.
- Check for reviews. A quick search for “[insert company name] reviews” on Google should turn up lots of information about the reputation of the company and you can quickly determine how the company handles customer issues. If the company has no reviews, maybe they have something to hide.