Our specialization in the manufacturing of Bahama and Colonial shutters, both of hurricane-rated, decorative or architectural styles, allows for deliberate focus on product design, consistency of quality and overall product superiority.
By far, one of the most important feature of our shutters is welded construction for two reasons:
A. Overall Strength of the Product
A welded frame molds an otherwise weak, unrigged product into a strong, smooth-finished, seamless, and extremely durable shutter with a strength that cannot be duplicated with mechanical fasteners. A unified, welded frame is the only foundation upon which a true elite, state of the art product can be based.
B. Unified Welded Frame Eliminates Seams and Crevasses
Corrosion or pitting of the aluminum frame is the greatest factor contributing to unsightliness, followed by weakening, and finally the failure of aluminum shutters. A seamless frame eliminates joints where the components meet and crevasses where components overlap one another. These joints and overlaps in the corners of the shutters can not be powder coated and are prime place for moisture and salt deposits to collect and begin the pitting of the corners. A welded frame also eliminates screws which are accelerants in the corrosion process. Screws, even stainless steel screws, create electrolysis when in contact with aluminum. When salt spray from coastal exposure is added to the two dissimilar metals, the corrosion process is further accelerated.
Powder Coated Finish
A. Quality Coated Finish
Powder paint, like liquid paint, is formulated for many different purposes. Our shutters are painted with a powder formulated for the outdoors, with properties to withstand UV rays, salt deterioration and to promote good adhesion to the aluminum. To insure an even better adhesion, a sealant is applied and oven baked to seal the aluminum before a primer (optional) or color coat is applied. In addition, the option for a clear coat top coat has been added to protect the color coat from fading, much like a car finish. The clear coat is available in a 90% glass and a 15% gloss. The gloss of the clear coat will determine the glass of the final product.
B. Reliability of the Powder Coater
Our shutters are painted at a full-service powder coating plant. The proper cleaning and etching of the aluminum is performed prior to the application of the powder and subsequent baking in a state-of-the-art oven. Their knowledge of powder coating is extensive and verified by our many years of trouble free shutters.
When the product is shipped from the factory it is ready for installation. All the mounting holes and other components are pre-drilled and cut to the proper length. This is a welcome sight to the installer; making the installation easier, taking less time, with fewer tools required, and less clean-up.
Our dealers will confirm the error rate of our completed product is virtually zero. Should questions arise, however, our factory personnel are available to assist. For topics ranging from how to address a unique mounting situation to something as simple as color availability, we can help.
All our products are warranted for three, five, or seven years. The warranty depends on the options applied, such as sealant, primer, and clear coat applied.
Master Aluminum is enrolled in a quality assurance program administered by the National Accreditation and Management Institute (NAMI).
Our plant is required to keep records of measurements of the extrusions, in order to insure acceptable tolerances of the material used in fabricating your product.
Most of our extrusions are proprietary, which means they are not available to others. We buy directly from the mills which help reduce costs. The savings are passed on to dealers so your receive unique, premium, quality products at very competitive prices.