Congratulations in order, as OpenShutters' MD makes the Top 10

It will come as little surprise to those who know her, but OpenShutters' Managing Director, Gail Cottrill, has been listed in the Top 10 Business Women on the Central Coast of NSW.  

In an article from The Daily Telegraph, Gail is listed alongside some of the Coast's most prominent and successful business women.  The article highlights their achievements, and covers a variety of industry sectors.

"It's humbling to be recognised in such prestigious company", said Gail.  "This acknowledgement wouldn't be possible were it not for the support and efforts of everyone at OpenShutters".

Click the attached PDF to download the full article. 

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Australian Made for Australian Conditions - why it matters

Around Australia Day, it is worth highlighting the importance of buying Australian Made products.

Quality and Safety 

Australian manufacturing is regulated to high quality standards.  We have to abide by stringent safety standards, meaning the products used along with our manufacturing process are closely monitored for compliance.

Versatility

Being local, there are more advantages to enable customisation.  Our experience over the past 30 years has thrown up some interesting and varied challenges, and the knowledge base retained in our long-serving staff is vast.  We will always try to help, and the earlier we are involved in a project the more advantageous it is for everyone; we are a phone call or a visit away.  

Integrity and guarantees

We’re honest enough to admit that there are times when we get things wrong.  Thankfully such instances are rare, but our customers have the reassurance that aside from the overarching consumer guarantees on items and processes (a more ‘grey’ area when it comes to dealing with imported product), there’s a ‘moral’ aspect to us rectifying instances where we’ve fallen short of our own very high standards.  We want all our customers to be proud to have an OpenShutters product in their homes or businesses, and we want them to come back to us in the future.

Supporting the Economy

Obviously, buying Australian Made products, you are supporting the Australian economy, helping retain and create Australian jobs and helping keep money within Australia.    

Sustainability

We are conscious about the sustainability aspect of everything we do; from where we source our timber to minimising waste and being efficient with how the factory is run.  Timber is a natural product, and our Western Red Cedar is responsibly sourced by our suppliers from managed forests in Canada.

Pricing

Our shutters & screens are expensive when compared with imported product, which we acknowledge. But be sure to compare like-with-like - if you are looking for a quick fix and don’t care about design, aesthetics, function or durability, then it’s likely the OpenShutters experience is not for you.  

What you get from us is the experience and creativity in design, the knowledge, accuracy and attention to detail through manufacture; professionalism and thoroughness in installation, and an after-sales service always available should you need us.

We are closed Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th January, but will be back crafting beautiful Australian Made shutters on Wednesday 27th.

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Art@Work 2020

2020 has been a remarkable year for obvious reasons, but OpenShutters is proud to once again be hosting the annual Art@Work event at our factory, during the weekend of 6-8 November.  Celebrating creativity of artists and the community on the Central Coast and beyond, this will be the exhibition's 4th year.  Visit their website, artatwork.org.au, for more information and to view some of the works from previous years.
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Thermal Efficiency - How OpenShutters help insulate your home and your wallet

Shutters are often utilised as environmental moderators between inside and out. Suitable for a variety of climates, shutters are ideal at preventing solar heat gain in summer whilst still allowing light or air to enter the space, and providing an extra layer of insulation in winter. Up to 87 per cent of heat can be gained through the windows of a home and 40 per cent of a heat can be lost in the same way, which means that window coverings are crucial to insulate a home and minimise our dependency on mechanical ventilation. However, while any type of shutter will do something to keep heat out in summer and heat in in winter, the materials a shutter is made of does have a significant impact on its ability to insulate.

Here at OpenShutters, we recommend Western Red Cedar for its durability, appearance and environmental characteristics, as well as its proven potential for insulating your home. In fact, Western Red Cedar provides the highest level of thermal insulation compared to brick, concrete and steel. Additionally, when compared to other kinds of shutters, Western Red Cedar maintained its number one status when measuring the temperature difference measured between inside and out over a 9.5 hour period. It managed to achieve a 32.1 per cent difference, meaning that it’s cutting heat gain or loss indoors by almost a third – 4.4 per cent greater than its closest competitor, basswood shutters, and more than twice as great as curtains alone. 

The reason for this is due to the inherent make up of Western Red Cedar, with its low-density cellular structure creating air spaces that make it the best insulator of any available softwood.  

Get in touch with us to discuss the best options for your home.

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Hair today.....

........gone in a couple of weeks' time.

One of our painters, Aaron Pomeroy, is taking part in the World's Greatest Shave to support the fight against Leukaemia. Everyone at OpenShutters is behind him, and not only because it means we will no longer be picking hairs out of painted panels......

Anyone wishing to lend their support, can do so via this link.

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Let's Talk Technical

Significant advantages of being in the business of crafting bespoke shutters for over 25 years include the breadth and depth of knowledge and experience gained over that time.  Living and breathing shutters is what we do, on a day-to-day basis.

Architects, designers and builders value our skillset and input.  The earlier in a project any challenge is put to us, the quicker we are able to provide a solution, and help influence the final outcome, particularly where design challenges may be in conflict with the practicalities of installation and function.

Our design specialists, Peter Bray and Gail Cottrill, have seen it all over the years, yet appreciate that the learning process for them, as well as our customers, is ongoing.

“At a recent meeting, an architect explained it was so helpful to be able to pick up the phone to discuss the practicalities of his design, to further explore the proposed mechanism of shutter operation and the potential pitfalls,” said Gail.  “A prototype was quickly developed, the function mechanism video recorded, then sent to the architect to demonstrate how it would work.  We were able to turn concept into a working model very quickly, as we’d always seek to do”.

What design, function and (or) installation challenges can we help solve for you…..?  Call us on 1300 136 911 or follow this link to leave your query and contact details.

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Christmas 2019

With the rush to have everything ready pre-Christmas, it is worth remembering that the world doesn’t stop once the holiday season is here.  Although the cut-off for guaranteed pre-Christmas delivery has passed, we continue our efforts in shortening lead times and get things done more quickly, yet to the same high, exacting standards we’ve always had.

At this stage, we plan to be closed from 19th December (inclusive), returning on Monday 13th January, but orders are such that we may need to shorten that timeframe, and have dedicated staff prepared.

So if you’re a homeowner thinking of refurbishing your living space or an architect or builder working on your next project; we have people on hand ready to help.

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Art@Work - 2019

It's that time of year, with OpenShutters once again hosting Art At Work over the upcoming long weekend.  Art At Work is an organisation dedicated to fostering a collaborative culture between artists, business creatives and the local community.  Opening night is Friday 4 October at 6pm, and the event will run throughout the weekend.  This year will showcase an even greater number of artists, activities and workshops than previous years, so we very much look forward to you joining us over the weekend.
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Not All Shutters Are Created Equal

...and neither are those who design and manufacture them.

The differences between purchasing Australian made products and imported products aren’t always obvious at first glance. However, the decision to buy Australian made will often pay off in more ways than one. While the differences in physical quality may only show themselves after time, there are many benefits that Australian made products like OpenShutters can offer over cheaper competitors.  Our OpenShutters are going to be longer lasting and better looking than cheaper imported shutter options, which don’t utilise top quality, solid Western Red Cedar, and don’t invest the time or money into keeping track of the chain of custody.

85 per cent of timberland in British Colombia, where most Western Red Cedar is grown, is certified by  independent forest certification agencies – which means that you know your timber is being legally sourced from a sustainable forest.  Furthermore, being an Australian made product, OpenShutters will always be made to a high standard and with the Australian climate in mind. Imported products may be fine for their country of origin’s climate, but many fail to consider Australia’s dramatic, frequently changing weather patterns and can age – or fail – much faster as a result. Of course, there is also the added bonus of supporting local communities, and ensuring that top quality products can continue being produced. Australian owned and operated businesses like us are only ever a phone call away, should you need advice on a decision or any after-sales services, and consumers have additional peace of mind that their warranty is being provided by a local company, which has been operating for over twenty years and is here to stay.

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Congratulations

Our very own Keller O’Sullivan was named '3rd Year Apprentice of the Year’ at last week’s awards ceremony hosted by our friends at Central Coast Group Training.  Keller recently completed his apprenticeship in Timber and Composites Machining in 3 years (as opposed to the recommended / standard 4 years) and is a highly valued member of our Custom Shapes department, crafting the more bespoke and unusually-shaped shutters we prepare for our clients.

The accolade came as no surprise to all of us who work with him on a daily basis.  Well done, Keller!

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