American Heritage Shutters
Founded in Memphis,Tennessee in 1972. We opened our Nashville area office in 1986. American Heritage Shutter has offices in Indianapolis, Indiana and Little Rock, Arkansas.
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We exclusively use hardwood materials in the construction of our shutters. This ensures there is no resin in the wood that would cause pitch to bleed, or acid to flow through the painted finish.
Every shutter panel we build is assembled with the longest hardwood dowels in the industry. This feature gives each panel lock-tight durability. We use an automated precision glue machine to insure that the proper amount of glue is used at each and every dowel connection. This type of construction allows us to manufacture panels up to 44” wide without requiring the use of special stile sizes.
The addition of a tension screw system in every shutter panel assures that whether the shutter is brand new or decades old, it will never become too tight or too loose to operate properly. By the slight turn of a screw inside the stile, the louver tension is either increased or decreased. This type of engineering allows our shutters to be shipped all over the world and remain problem free for decades to come. We can also build with no tension screw, utilizing tension pins, at no additional charge.
We use extra-long heavy gauge staples in the louvers and tilt-rod to insure that they do not pull out. Each staple is coated with heat-frictionized glue that is activated when the staple is injected into the wood. This assures that the staples will hold for the life of the shutter panel.
Our drop-rail front is an aesthetic feature common to many custom shutters. However, instead of using a drop-rail on the front and back of our panel, we designed a flush-rail back to eliminate the light leakage that occurs with a drop-rail back. Additionally, the thicker flush-rail gives the shutter panel additional lateral support. We also produce a full flush-rail panel at no additional charge.
Our shutters are mortised for both inner panel and hanging hinges, which assures there will be no light gaps where panels are hinged together or hinged to framing. Hinges are available in 2 1/2” and 3” sizes.
All panel connections are rabbeted to prevent light leaking where panels meet. This means that in a two-panel opening, the center stiles are designed so that they overlap each other to create a light barrier.
Our paint grade finished shutters are assembled from our pre-primed components. This gives us the ability to cut the time in assembly down as well as achieve a superior finish. The primer consists of four applications of a calcium carbonate undercoat that is applied in a heavy, flow-coat process. This extremely thick primer base on the wood allows the finishing process to be faster. When the final topcoats of paint are applied, the thick primer base produces a mirror-like finish.
Our stain grade finished shutters are built with components that are sanded smooth when milled and re-sanded when the components are cut for assembly. After the stain has been applied and dried, we apply a sealer coat and then proof sand the panel with extra fine sandpaper. A final clear topcoat finish is then applied creating an exceptional, fine-furniture finish to the panel.
We manufacture the widest shutter panels in the industry by using a laminated louver on individual panels over 38” wide and up to 44” wide. The laminated louver allows us to generate a long and straight louver, which creates wider panels for viewing pleasure, while not losing tight louver closure.
As it should be with any custom product, we offer the largest variety of framing and hanging strips on the market today. From a traditional single-beaded framimg strip to a bullnose or colonial look, we provide you with the choices to truly customize each shutter application. Additionally, we can customize any framing piece to meet your installation needs.
All specialty shapes are manufactured on site at the factory. We maintain full control over quality, thus assuring that your special windows will be manufactured to perfection. No shape is too difficult to fabricate, which enhances the option of selecting shutters for today’s advanced architectural designs.
French Doors require a unique and custom treatment, making shutters the ideal application choice. With shutters, you can cover the entire glass area and create a cut-out in the actual shutter panel for the French Door handle. A French Door with a shutter application creates absolute privacy and light control. Additionally, it does not require the removal or replacement of the unique door handle.
Shutters can also be installed over sliding glass doors, in either a Bi-Fold or Bi-Pass application. A Bi-Fold has the panels attached to a track and an even number of panels accordion in one or both directions. With a Bi-Pass unit, you usually have two or three units attached to a track and one unit slides over the other units. Bi-Pass applications can also be installed so all panels slide beyond the opening and cover the adjoining wall area.
In the tradition of customization, we are pleased to also offer special quotations on shutters built in a variety of popular timber choices. The special timber options include, but are not limited to, Maple, Red Oak, Mahogany Cherry and Walnut.