Premium Thermalite Plantation Shutters

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Discover why Aussie made Thermalite is Australia's best.

Exclusively offered by Enhance Shutters & Blinds in the Illawarra is this superior shutter made from non-toxic Thermalite material. Don't be confused, this isn't PVC! Read below to discover how this exclusive product well outperforms all others. It's also manufactured in Australia.

About Premium Thermalite Plantation Shutters:

Australian Made

As one of our major focuses, our exclusive Thermalite Plantation Shutters are Australian-manufactured and certified. The factory, equipped with industry specific state of the art equipment has been producing plantation shutters since 1984 that will easily satisfy even the most refined needs and requirements. The factory is located in Queensland, Australia.

Outstanding Features

Thermalite Plantation Shutters include many high end features as well as some that are patented. The blades rotate using the patented Ultraclear Mechanism that’s hidden inside the stile and means no more unsightly connector rods. In addition, they will never crack, warp, shrink or discolour. They are water resistant, flame retardant and termite proof. They are great for bathrooms!

Environmentally Friendly Using Non-toxic Recycled Materials

Thermalite is the look and feel of wood with several major advantages. Thermalite is the GREEN CHOICE. It’s the only 100% synthetic material that looks and feels exactly like timber. Thermalite is a solid non toxic polymer foam and is a ‘by-product’ of natural gas – no natural resources (including trees) are destroyed in the manufacturing of this product and unlike vinyl/PVC it contains no toxic ingredients. It is also more friendly to the environment, using less resources in production, and does not break down into toxic chemicals when they are disposed of.

Thermalite is also tested and proven via independent testing carried out by the National Association of Home Builders Centre (U.S). In that testing it showed that the R factor for Thermalite is nearly three times that of timber. This means that, compared to timber, it takes nearly three times the amount of energy applied to one side of a piece of Thermalite to raise the temperature on the other side one degree centigrade. To be specific, the R factor for PVC is R2.18, while the R factor for Thermalite is R6.1 (U.S imperial statistics). Timber is every lower then PVC.

Perfect for All Locations

Our shutters are perfect for internal usage but can also be used externally, including in residential units and private homes. Furthermore, it may also be used for restaurants, resorts, hospitals and hotels. They are water resistant and perfect for use in bathrooms and wet areas. When comparing Thermalite during Wind Loading Analyst Thermalite’s 4 kpa rating is approximately 360% stronger than Polyresin and incomparable to timber.

Quality Product that’s Made to Last

Every single Thermalite Plantation Shutter comes with a structural 25-year transferable warranty in addition to the paint finish that will be warranted for 5 years against yellowing, cracking or peeling. Every one of these shutters are custom-made in order to fit any kind of door or window and precisely fitted by us. Moreover, you can choose from a variety of styles, including hinged, fixed, bi-fold as well as sliding.

Easy to Clean

Generally Thermalite Shutters only require a light dusting using a feather duster. With approximately twelve 90mm blades per metre, most panels can easily be dusted in under 1 minute. A little warm soapy water using light dishwashing detergent can also be used to remove most grime and the shutters will look beautiful for many years to come.

UltraClear Mechanism & Elliptical Louvres

The louvres (blades) rotate using the patented Ultraclear Mechanism that’s hidden inside the stile and means no more unsightly connector rods.

Thermalite Plantation Shutters use the exclusive patented Ultraclear Mechanism to allow the blades to rotate. This is hidden inside the stile and means no more unsightly connector rods and tilt rod that most manufacturers use. The shutters also feature elliptical louvres that have a hidden reinforced aluminium core.

Available Options

Premium Thermalite Plantation Shutters have many options available. Below are some of the more popular options that will help your home shine.

Thermalite Plantation Shutters are available in two colours. Bright White is the most popular and looks fantastic combined with light grey internal walls that many people commonly use now. Off White works great with cream colour walls.

Off White

Off White
Perfect for rooms featuring cream and yellow tones

Bright White
Perfect for rooms featuring white or grey tones

Note: The above colours are exaggerated for the website and are not a true representation of the colours

Thermalite exclusive patented blades are used in all Premium Thermalite Plantation shutters. Only our shutters use the patented G2 and G3 blades that have been designed to prevent blades from bowing. All blades up to 750mm wide have the G2 blade and the G3 blade is used in panels from 751mm to 900mm.

The elliptical blades enhance the view while allowing extra light to penetrate the room while the shutter is in the open position.

Blades come in the option of two widths: 64mm or 90mm

Thermalite Exclusive Patented G2 and G3 Blade

Premium Thermalite Plantation shutters are designed to mount almost anywhere. From standard windows to bay windows, or sliding doors to wet areas like bathrooms.

Hinged

Each panel is hinged from the shutter frame or architrave

Sliding

This is a great option for sliding doorways and openings

Bi-fold

A great option when space is limited and view is important

In addition Fixed and Hinge/Hinge is also available.

Reveal Mount vs Face Mount! It just refers to where the shutter / frame will be mounted, either inside the architrave or on the face of the architrave. Reveal Mount is the preferred option but some reveals are not deep enough to allow the blades to rotate, so we have to do a Face Mount.

Thermalite Plantation Shutters can be fitted by either Reveal Mount (inside the window frame or opening) or Face Mount (on the front or outside of the window frame or opening).

Shutters Frames & Mounting

The majority of shutters installed in window reveals are mounted in a frame. There are two types of frame, being Z-Frame or L-Frame. The frame has a few different purposes. Firstly, the shutter panels are mounted inside the frame using hinges. Secondly, unfortunately not all reveals are perfectly square so the frame hides this issue. Thirdly, the frame also provides additional light block around the outside of the panel(s). We will recommend the best frame option for each opening.

Mounting Option Diagram 403x300

Below are details of popular frame options.

Z-Frame

Z-Frame can only be used on a reveal mount and is the most popular choice. It is superb for that slightly out of square window (what window isn’t!), as the “Z Wings” cover any gap up to 10mm. The main determining factor is clearance from the window to the shutter blades.

Z-Frame Diagram

L-Frame (Reveal Mount)

Reveal Mount using an L-Frame is also possible. The main reason for using the L-Frame in a reveal mount is that it doesn’t protrude past the window/door frame and some people prefer this. A disadvantage is that the gap between the L-frame and the opening needs to have gap-filler applied. This is time consuming and results in a slightly higher price due to increased installation time.

L-Frame Diagram

L-Frame (Face Mount)

Face Mount using L-Frame is ideal for windows and door frames that are excessively out of square or don’t have enough clearance for the blades to operate. In addition some people prefer the protruding look and feel they highlight the shutters in their home. The shutter frame is either mount on the face of the architrave or around the outside of the architrave.

Face Fit L-Frame Diagram

No Frame Using Pivot Hinges

Using no frame is also available but most openings are not suitable. Using this option depends on the squareness and quality of the opening. Each shutter is mounted directly onto the reveal using pivot hinges. The disadvantage of using this method is that a small gap is visible around each shutter and allows light in. In addition, this option can look poor on openings that are ‘out of square’ or the architraves and sill are warped.

Pivot Hinge Diagram 354x159

Another option is using U-Channel on Fixed shutters. They are often used in wall cut-outs, between adjoining rooms, or also when an easy removing option is required. It’s a simple operation of lifting the shutter into the top U-Channel and then dropping the bottom of the shutter into the bottom U-Channel.

Is an Ultra Clear view important to you? Here at Enhance Shutters & Blinds we do our best to design the shutters to match your openings. We try to coordinate wherever possible the Stiles and Mid-rail to line up with existing Mullions & Transom to give you that Ultraclear view. The fact that Premium Thermalite shutters don’t use a tilt rod or connector rod allows for the most uninterrupted view from any shutter on the market.

In addition we can also manufacture the shutters with Split Blades. This feature enables the user of the shutter to adjust one section of the blades independently to another section. This is great for filtering light to archive the perfect feel, or for privacy while still allowing light to enter.

Window Diagram

Sliding shutters are great for anywhere in your home or business where a sliding door is featured. With many options available including 1, 2 or 3 track systems, Premium Thermalite Plantation shutters are the perfect choice. Unlike most companies, our Thermalite shutters will pass each other when the blades are left in the open position. We also offer you a choice between a floor guide or floor tracking.

We also have the option of using Bi-fold to give you that perfect look. Some of the benefits of a Bi-Fold is that it allows you to fold back the opening and increase your total view without obstruction. In addition, you don’t require room to the side if you wish to fully retract the shutters.

Have you got a window that’s not a standard shape. Not a problem. We can have almost any shaped window custom made to suit. From round, arched or rake to triangle, oval or hexagon.

Premium Thermalite Plantation shutters come with a premium warranty… and that’s an industry leading warranty. As the old saying goes “you get what you pay for”… and nothing could be more true when it comes to plantation shutters. You may pay a little more for Premium Thermalite Plantation shutters when comparing them to imported Chinese PVC shutters, but when the imported warranty finishes in 5 or 10 years and you need repairs or replacement you’ll regret not getting Thermalite. Will you even be able to get replacement parts!

25 Year Limited Warranty on Shutter Frames & Shutter Panels
(Structural Warranty)
5 Year Limited Warranty on Shutter Hardware and all Paint
3 Year Limited Warranty on Colour Fastness

Double Warranty with Enhance Shutters & Blinds

Warranties aren’t much good if the business you purchase from closes down! Even if you were to repair them yourself, where would you get replacement parts from… especially if it’s an imported product.

Here at Enhance Shutters & Blinds we leave the manufacturing for the experts and we just install the finished product and supply the after sales service. The bonus in this for you is that Enhance Shutters & Blinds warrants the job AND you also have the manufacturer backing that up. The warranty card you receive includes the Australian manufacturers details so if you ever need to make a claim and Enhance Shutters & Blinds is no longer around you are still covered. Win Win!!!

Peace of Mind

Premium Thermalite Plantation Shutters Full Warranty