If you need easy to clean, durable, light controlling window coverings, curtains simply aren’t going to cut it. That’s why so many homeowners in Brisbane are turning to long-lasting, louvred plantation shutters.
The problem is that there are so many types, materials, colours, and options that it can quickly become overwhelming to sort through it all. But it doesn’t have to be that complicated.
That’s where FKR Group shines.
We’re experts in creating custom shutters that meet aesthetic needs as well as your budget. Our family-owned business has been crafting and installing indoor and outdoor shutters for over 30 years.
Indoor, outdoor and everything in between: FKR Group has what you need to create custom covers for your home or business in Brisbane. Our services include:
To help you get started, we offer a free measure and quote to every potential customer with zero pressure. FKR Group aims to educate and advise so you can pick the right window treatment for every space. Call us on 0412 872 822 today to get started.
What are your options?
Generally, this type falls into two types: indoor and outdoor. While the aesthetic for both are similar, outdoor ones are made of aluminium (more on materials below) since they stand up to the elements. They also tend to be larger for them to add privacy to outdoor patios or decking rather than just a dedicated window opening.
If you need outdoor plantation shutters, you’ll be given options to customise extruded aluminium since it won’t corrode in the rain or dampness outside. Indoor shutters have more options available depending on the look you are hoping to achieve:
- PVC: Great for affordability and durability, these usually have aluminium inserts to make them more rigid.
- Wood: Made of real timber, these offer the most flexibility for sizing and finishes, but they also require the greatest care and the greatest cost.
The horizontal slats are the real magic, allowing you to control the amount of light or airflow that enters your space. These can be ordered in a range of widths and with different ways to adjust them.
From faux wood grains to genuine stains, you can choose the exact look to match the design in your space. Vinyl covers also come in a wide range of paint colours and either matte or gloss finishes. Many manufacturers offer a catalogue of standard colours with options to upgrade to a custom order if that works better for your space. Even outdoor products can be ordered in a variety of powder coat finishes.
All products are custom measured and designed to fit your exact window size. But there are options for how they’re hung, too. Choose from hinged, bifold, sliding track, fixed channel, and L-frame. In some cases, the layout of your windows (single hung vs. bay) may dictate the best install option for you.
Benefits of Installing Plantation Shutters
✔️ Low maintenance
✔️ Enhance privacy
✔️ Long lasting
✔️ Greater light control
✔️ Extra insulation
✔️ Add property value
✔️ Reduce noise
✔️ And much, much more!
Are plantation shutters difficult to install?
Taking the DIY approach when it comes to this type of product is possible, but not recommended. The process can take a lot of time and requires a bit of patience to get the job done right. These shutters need to be hung snuggly and level so that they will open and close properly. There’s a lot of nuance that goes into securing them correctly to the framing. It’s often best to leave installation to the professionals, who will have the experience and the equipment on hand. On average, it can take about an hour per plantation shutter for installation.
Does this type of product come with warranties?
Most of the time, yes. A manufacturer should back their materials and guarantee them against defects. That said, it’s possible to void that warranty with a DIY install gone wrong. This is another reason to go with a professional installer. Be sure to choose one that also offers a workmanship warranty so that you know the products and the install are backed by the company.
How much does it cost?
The pricing will vary depending on the size, quantity, and options you choose. Generally, PVC covers cost between $180 to $220 per m2. Composite covers range between $200 to $400 per m2 compared to genuine hardwood that starts at $400/m2. This does not include the installation costs, which are usually charged at an hourly rate between $60 to $100 in Brisbane.
Read our complete pricing article: How Much Do Plantation Shutters Cost in Brisbane?
Request a quote from FKR Group today
Shutters are not something to order from Bunnings and leave to chance whether they’ll be right for your home. The simplest and quickest solution is to turn to the experts at FKR Group instead. We offer free measure and quote services at no obligation with a goal of guiding you through the process and helping you choose the perfect custom product.
We back all of our products with a 30-year warranty, so you can be sure your covers are made to last. FKR Group is a family-owned business focused foremost on the customer experience. We’ll make sure that your covers meet your design goals as well as your budget.
Call us on 0412 872 822 to learn more.
Can I hang them on oddly shaped windows?
Absolutely. This is actually a key benefit to this window treatment. A professional installer can measure and design shutters that exactly fit a window no matter how many curves, angles, or corners are involved.
Can I take them with me when I move?
Not really. For one, they’re hung directly on the window frame itself, making it a permanent fixture in the home. The benefit here is that they can add to the resale value of your home. Also, consider that the covers are custom designed to fit the exact windows in the space. It’s unlikely that they’ll fit the windows of your new home.
Are they energy efficient?
This type of product makes it easy to control the amount of light that comes into a space and can certainly add to the overall energy efficiency of your home by preventing the heat of the sun from warming the room. Limiting this can limit how much you need to run your air con. The same is true in colder months since the covers help insulate against any cold that seeps in through the window panes.