WOODSTOCK Shutter Company Limited
102 South Street, Dorking, England, RH4 2EW
Company Registration No 10153519
Our wood is stored for 6 months to allow it to settle before being kiln dried twice in a computer controlled drying facility. The wood is specifically dried to take into account the climate of the country to which the shutters will be exported. This is very important as these plantation shutters are manufactured for installation in climates as varied as Alaska and Australia. By utilising these methods frame warping and twisting is greatly reduced.
Our shutters are supplied with a large choice of frames rather than attaching them to battens. Not only does this give you the choice of how you frame your window and match it with your décor/style but it also gives a much stronger and appropriate fit for ease of installation.
A high quality, proprietary paint system has been developed specifically for our window shutters. Cheaper plantation shutters use cheaper paints and stains and utilise less coats. The factory uses 6 coats of either paint or stain and to ensure that the shutters we supply are less susceptible to fading and yellowing the final layer is UV protected.
The best quality marine grade stainless steel staples are used to attach the tilt rods to our shutters. In addition, the tips of the staples are coated in a bonding agent to make sure they remain secure for years to come.
The factory engineers transverse multi-ply stiles, which are the side bars of the shutter panels. Rather than producing these as solid pieces the wood is cut into strips which are then bonded back together in opposing layers for greater strength. This has the effect of breaking the capillaries in the wood through which moisture travels. This and the strength of the bonding agent ensures that our panels are unlikely to warp in fluctuating indoor temperatures and will give you years of enjoyment.
Our shutters are assembled prior to shipping to ensure that all the components fit together perfectly. Once photographed these are then disassembled and packed into custom made packaging to ensure your plantation shutters arrive in perfect condition. When shipping by airfreight we double pack the shutters to avoid damage in transit.
Mortise and tenon joints are used between the rail and the stile. These are far stronger than dowel joints and will minimise movement between these elements. Movement means cracking in the paint or stain finish and this will spoil the aesthetic look of the plantation shutters. Not only do you get a more robust product built to last, you won’t see ugly drips of glue on the frames and panels. Just in case there is some movement our panels are engineered with an additional grooved overlap that ensures any movement is handled by this expansion joint.
Our Shutters carry a 3 year manufacturer’s warranty against structural defects, hardware, colour fastness and stainless steel hardware.
The factory does not compromise on the thickness of our louvres (or shutter slats) as we believe thinner louvres, although less costly to produce, are much more susceptible to warping.
Looking after your Shutters
In order to keep your shutters looking their best, regular cleaning is recommended. The good news is that shutters, whether functional or decorative, are relatively easy to maintain and cleaning them should be a breeze if you follow these simple steps:
We recommend using a Lambs’ wool or Ostrich feather duster for all types of shutter materials from wood, to faux wood. These types of duster can flick off dust quickly, can go through the slats easily, and are so soft that you do not have to worry about scratching the finish. Simply tilt down all the slats of the plantation shutters and dust away in a downward stroke. Do one side first before dusting the reverse side. Always do this before using a damp cloth to wipe the slat surfaces. This is to prevent grimy particles from clumping together in the hard-to-reach corners once liquids are introduced. A static cling duster could also be used as an alternative.
Vacuum or sweep away whatever debris that may have fallen to the floor after dusting. This will lessen the risk of dust floating back to the shutters while you are cleaning.
Give the entire window structure a gentle rubdown with a dry but clean cloth on both sides. Dampen a cloth with warm water and wipe on all visible surfaces. Never spray directly on the shutters themselves. It is important not to use cleaning solutions that can potentially damage the shutter surfaces wipe away the liquid with another dry cleaning cloth. Never allow the liquid to dry on the surface, as this may leave water marks or stains.
We warrant that our shutters will be defect free in materials or workmanship for as long as the original purchaser owns the shutters, subject to below, provided that such products were properly installed; and such products were made or assembled exclusively from original materials and components. Any resale or other transfer of the product and/or materials voids this warranty.
This warranty is exclusive and in lieu of all other obligations, liabilities or warranties. In no event shall Woodstock Shutter Company Ltd be liable for incidental or consequential damages, or for any expense associated with such damages. Repair or remakes of defective products is the sole remedy under this warranty and in no event shall Woodstock Shutter Co Ltd be liable for costs to remove and/or reinstall the product. Repairs will be made only with like or similar parts. This warranty does not include shipping charges or the cost of labour involved for measuring and installation.
This warranty does not cover any condition of or damage to the shutter or window, from unauthorized repairs, accidents, alterations, misuse, abuse, act of God, motorized devices, wear and tear or failure to follow our instructions with respect to measurement, installations, cleaning or maintenance. Improper, inappropriate or unauthorized replacement parts, repairs or maintenance voids this warranty. This warranty excludes all liability for removal of the shutter and reinstallation in the same or another window, or damage to the window frame, glass or any other portion of the window. Due to manufacturing, natural variations in colour, grain and texture in these products, Woodstock Shutter Company Ltd is not able to guarantee exact matches to samples, nor are they able to guarantee exact matches on subsequent orders. Returns cannot be authorised due to these normal variations.
All other warranties, both express and implied, are expressly disclaimed. This warranty excludes all liability for consequential or incidental damages for any cause whatsoever.
Colour Fastness – 3 years
Structure – 3 years
Hardware – 3 years
Stainless Steel Hardware – 3 years
We cannot guarantee a perfect colour match, as part of the character of a natural wood product is that it may vary in tone and grain.
A custom colour may not end up being an exact duplicate. This is due to a number of variables such as:
• the species of timber the paint is being applied to
• the number of coats applied
• the degree of sanding and surface preparation
• the temperature and humidity at application and drying
In these conditions the sale ‘the seller’ means Woodstock Shutter Company Ltd and ‘the buyer’ means the person, firm or company placing an order for goods or services which are subject to these terms and conditions which are not variable except writing signed by the seller.
These conditions of sale together with the particulars contained in the order acceptance, save where stated otherwise and any special conditions agreed by the seller in writing constitute the entire contract between the buyer and the seller.
Periods of time referred to in these conditions of sale shall be of the essence.
Delivery times stated are estimates only and time is not of the essence. Whilst every effort is made to ensure due performance the seller cannot accept responsibility for damages or consequential loss or damage arising out of delay or failure to deliver by the specified date.
RETENTION OF TITLE
The goods shall remain the property of the seller until full payment has been received s for the seller until title has passed to the buyer and shall store the goods upon its premises separately from its own goods and shall clearly
Unless the seller has approved a credit application evidenced in writing all goods must be paid for prior to delivery/fitting as agreed.
If payment is not made by the due date interest shall be charged thereon at a rate of 2.5% per month above the base rate of Lloyds TSB Bank PLC for the time being on a day to day basis.
Any defective goods must be returned within 14 days of being delivered/installed.
All goods are sold to the buyer on the following conditions and the buyer must ensure that the following conditions are incorporated into any contract with their own customer. The seller does not accept any responsibility arising from the buyer’s failure to follow this condition.
All goods should be fully inspected prior to installation. The buyer must check that the shutters and blinds are in accordance with the purchase order both for colour and design prior to installation. The seller cannot accept responsibility in circumstances where the buyer is not present at the delivery/installation address.
The buyer must check that shutters and blinds are to colour sample prior to installation. The seller cannot guarantee precise colour matching against samples, our products are made from a natural material. Minor imperfections not readily apparent at a distance of four feet under ordinary light will not be accepted as defects. Colour matching of finishing products (eg paints and stains) cannot be guaranteed although every reasonable effort will be made to ensure the accuracy of the finished product.
The seller cannot guarantee the goods against fading especially as a result of exposure to sunlight where fading will occur (see Warranty). Our goods are not guaranteed against extreme damp or variable conditions.
The seller reserves the right to withdraw any products and colours at any time without prior notice and cannot be held responsible for any consequences, caused by the withdrawal of such products.
Under no circumstances except in respect of death or personal injury caused by the seller’s negligence does the seller accept liability for consequential Ioss, damage, costs or expenses, howsoever arising and any liability for any such consequential loss damage is hereby specifically excluded. Should a claim be made the seller’s liability is limited to the value of the order placed by the buyer.
The seller gives no warranty as to the fitness of the product supplied for any purpose other than that of an internal window dressing as surveyed by the company, other installation and uses are the risk of the buyer.
Tolerance levels of overall panel specifications are plus or minus 2mm per individual panel, and the product will not be considered defective if failing within the size range. Warp on any component part, vertical or horizontal, shall not exceed 1mm per 300mm and shall not be considered defective if within this tolerance.
Limitations. It is recommended that panels be ordered within our normal specification range. For example, that panels above 1800mm in height are ordered with a divider rail, and that panel widths do not exceed their recommended default widths as per range advertised. We may exceed the limitation at your request, but in doing so we cannot accept responsibility for problems that result.
If the client is not on site when property is surveyed or installed the shutters will be fitted in accordance to our standard practices unless agreed prior to confirmation. If they chose to install against our recommendation then Iiability will be theirs.
If installers are paid by the clients directly the seller cannot accept liability for any damage. The seller accepts no responsibility for changes in any aspect of the window or window surround/window handles/alarms sensors/or any additions to window or the surround after the final measure and the order has been placed. – Any goods that do not fit as a result of this will still need to be paid in full and any remakes or further work required will also be charged for. The foregoing is in substitution for all other terms, expressed or implied relating to the quality or fitness for purpose, and all such terms are hereby excluded. This does not, however, affect the consumer’s statutory rights. Since our products are made to measure, no cancellation can be accepted once an order has been agreed and deposit paid Customer are liable for the full value of the order.