In the sunny, Mediterranean climate of Los Angeles, fine homes are frequently built to take advantage of scenic views and prominent outdoor property features. While attractive vistas on sunny days can greatly enhance the beauty and value of your home, you don’t always want to expose the interior of your household to direct sunlight. Fortunately, you can control your sun exposure and make your surroundings more attractive by installing custom, stained wood shutters that blend in seamlessly with your home’s décor and design. The professionals at Aero Shade have the shutter selection, customizable options, and installation expertise you expect when you call on Los Angeles’ custom window treatment experts.
Wood Stain Vs. Paint
Wood stain is a product that traditionally combines a pigment or dye with a solvent or binding agent such as water, distilled petroleum or alcohol. In addition, the composition of some modern stains includes dye or pigment suspended in a clear finishing agent such as varnish, lacquer or polyurethane. When applied, traditional stains sink into wood’s natural pores and form a transparent, semitransparent, or opaque layer of color. However, modern “finishing” stains remain on the surface of wood instead of penetrating deeper. Dry, traditional stain has a relatively subdued, flat appearance.
Paint also combines a dye or pigment with a binding agent (typically water-based latex or a mixture of plant oils and synthetic chemicals). Instead of sinking into wood’s pores, it remains on the surface and forms an opaque layer. When dry, some types of paint have a flat appearance like wood stain. However, other types (including widely used semi-gloss and high-gloss paints) have a much brighter appearance. Generally speaking, paint comes in a much wider range of colors than stain.
Free In-Home Consultation for Los Angeles Residents
The professionals at Aero Shade Custom Window Coverings offers a free in-home consultation to help you determine whether wood stain or paint will work best for your custom interior or exterior shutters. We have extensive experience working with both materials, and can provide a thorough explanation of their differences and similarities. Whichever option you choose, we have the expertise needed to seamlessly incorporate your requests into the overall design and manufacture of your shutters.
Stained Shutters vs Painted Shutters
Stained wood shutters have one prominent advantage when compared to painted wood shutters. When dry, transparent and semitransparent stains accentuate the naturally occurring grain patterns that distinguish different types of wood. If you have wood shutters with a particularly striking grain pattern, stain can greatly enhance the beauty of that pattern and add a pleasing element to your room or household design.
Stained shutters are the better option for exterior shutters and interior shutters that receive a lot of direct sunlight. In some cases, stain manufacturers increase the UV resistance of their products with specially added preservatives or protectants. In addition, a well-applied wood stain can keep your shutters protected from rot, prevent water-related damage, make the surface of wood more durable, and decrease the chance that your shutters will chip, crack or splinter over time.
While wood stain comes in a smaller range of colors than paint, there are still a lot of color options available for people who prefer stain. In addition to relying on stock pigment options, you can create custom colors by mixing two or more shades of stain together. Homes with rustic design features may especially benefit from the warm look provided by traditional earth-tone stains.
Customizing Your Stained Shutters
Custom shutters are only worth the expense when they completely meet your design specifications and complement your home’s décor and general appearance. Naturally, the color of your shutters will greatly affect your overall satisfaction with the product you receive. If you request a stock wood stain color, it won’t be very difficult for a window covering company to include your choices in the larger customization process.
However, if you have a non-stock color in mind, or want to precisely color match your shutters to other design elements in your home, additional challenges arise. That’s because accurate, reliable stain color matching requires a complex blend of knowledge, training, practical experience and aesthetic taste. In order to get the results you desire and make your efforts worthwhile, you need to work with dedicated craftsmen who can provide you with just the finished look you need.
The trained professionals at Aero Shade have the experience, skill and attention to detail needed to ensure that the color of your stained wood shutters meets your exact expectations. Simply bring us a sample of the color you want us to match, or a color code from a stain manufacturer’s product line. We’ll use the information you give us to make a faithful reproduction of the desired shade. After reviewing the results with you and obtaining your approval, we’ll apply the stain to your shutters during customization.
The Aero Shade Advantage
When you order custom stained shutters for the windows in your Orange County home, you want to make sure that the products you receive meet your high expectations for durability, accurate color and cost-effective quality. In addition, you want a painless installation experience that fits your schedule and respects the integrity of your household. In other words, you want a high-end company you can trust in all circumstances.
The experts at Aero Shade Custom Window Coverings strive to exceed your expectations during each step of window covering customization. You can start by scheduling an in-home meeting with one of our highly skilled sales professionals anywhere in Orange County. During this visit, we will gather information on your project, take measurements and provide you with an accurate estimate of the cost of your custom stained shutters, as well as the amount of time it will take to complete your order and install your shutters. If you prefer, you can initiate this same process by visiting us in our Beverly Hills-area showroom, which contains samples and working models of the many products we sell.
For more than half a century, Aero Shade has provided stained shutters and other custom window coverings to discerning homeowners throughout the Los Angeles area. Whatever the size of your project, you will always receive top-quality materials, cost-effective pricing, a flawless finished product, expert installation, and our legendary customer service. Call us today to experience the Aero Shade advantage.