You can only truly compare quotes if the suppliers are quoting to produce the same type of shutter(s). So, to find the best supplier ensure you can compare “like with like”.
Choose the type of shutter you want for each opening and then ask each supplier to quote on the same material and hinges or tracking. For example, if a window is quoted by one supplier to be covered in a shutter made of solid Western Red Cedar with chrome on brass hinges, make sure the next supplier quotes for solid Western Red Cedar with chrome on brass hinges.
Another situation to avoid, is letting one supplier quote a Venetian for a particular window, while another supplier quotes that same window with a shutter!
Ask that each opening be itemised on the quote so you can compare each item fairly.
Items that need to be specified for each shutter quote:
1. Base shutter material
2. Finish to be put on the shutter
Some wood products may need recoating, so at this time make sure it will be possible to have the manufacturer recoat at a later date.
3. Number of panels per opening (design and function)
What the supplier recommends to you in this part of the quote is very important. There are so many combinations and options and just one will be best for each opening.
The types of shutter movement recommended for you in your quote will be one or a combination of:
4. Hinges or tracking hardware (in order of value):
5. Tilt mechanism options
Check your quote contains the price of installation. You need to know the cost of this labour up front and some retailers leave it off so they seem cheaper. Also, if the installation is too cheap, question it. The installer should have cabinet making skills if the job is to be done properly.
Make sure this is included in the quote because some retailers leave it off so they seem cheaper.
8. Retail Terms of Trade and Contract
Ask for the retailer to outline how the job will be run and how long it will all take and any inclusions or exclusions of which you should be aware. If there is a contract, read and understand the fine print.