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Are DIY Plantation Shutters A Savvy Plan For Your Houston Home?

January 20, 2016

DIY plantation shutters for your Houston house is potentially a smart plan initially. You buy the shutters, and you try to install them based on the instructions included.

Unlike other home improvement projects, there’s 100 ways to make serious errors when installing plantation shutters. You could measure the window incorrectly or bust something while setting up the shutters. The shutters will then be ruined or become inoperable. And you have to buy all the pieces all over again.

If you don’t have the experience, the finishing touches, and the tools, you’re at a greater risk of ending up with a mistake. When it comes to DIY plantation shutters, the cost of a mistake is not worth it. Shutter experts explain 5 more reasons why DIY plantation shutters are not a good solution for your Houston house.

1. The Right Shutter Product

The vendor you order shutters from may not have the products you‘re looking for. Also, they might not aid you in deciding which shutters are the best fit for a certain room. The shutters that work in the dining room may not be good candidates for the bathroom where they’d be under conditions of high humidity. And don’t forget: not all interior shutters fit all windows.

Our professionals assist you in selecting the right products with the right frame and the right options so they last a lifetime. We carry these quality shutters: Polywood® shutters (the best-selling plantation shutters in the nation) and Ovation® shutters (five star rated wood shutters).

2. Different Window Shapes

White arched plantation shutters in blue bedroom

The windows in your home may be different sizes. And they could even be odd shapes, like triangle, arched, circle, and octagon.

Most online retailers and suppliers only carry plantation shutters for rectangle windows. They don’t offer specialty shaped shutters because there’s a great chance for mistakes in measurement. If they do carry them and your measurements aren’t accurate, the shutters will be too big and won’t look good. This is where most mistakes are made with DIY plantation shutters.

And just when you didn’t think it could get any worse, DIY plantation shutters for an odd shaped window could lead to shutters that don’t open and close properly. You might set up the shutter in a way that doesn’t allow the louvers to move easily.

Our professionals note the width and length of your window - and every corner in between. This guarantees that your odd shaped window shutters fit seamlessly. Then, taking advantage of state-of-the-art computer technology and relying on more than 40 of experience with window shutters, we craft your interior shutters to match your odd shaped windows perfectly.

3. Challenging Window Types

Some windows tilt in or slide. Others have a crank. If you don’t leave enough clearance between the window and the shutter panels when mounting your DIY plantation shutters, you’ll be left with a crank that is not accessible and a window that won’t tilt in.

Our experts have seen all the types of windows out there. They’ve mounted indoor shutters on windows with cranks, French doors, sliding glass doors, bay windows, double hung windows - and more! We’ll make sure to set up the plantation shutters you need in the right louver size so you can easily access your window and adjust your shutters.

4. Attention To Detail

Every one eighth inch, every angle, every piece matters when setting up plantation shutters yourself. You’ll want to pay close attention to all the details. If the louvers bind and the panel is not level, the window shutters will have big gaps, tightness all over, and limited functionality. These problems can lead to unusual wear and tear on shutters. And there’s a chance that the shutter panels won’t function properly.

If your DIY plantation shutters are not installed squarely, too much pressure can build up from usage and weight. And this could lead to the shutters breaking.

Reduce the stress involved in this project by hiring a team of specialists to install your plantation shutters in Houston, TX. A few local stores, like Sunburst Shutters Houston, present you with a white glove service. We’ve been installing plantation shutters for decades. Our professionals are aware of each and every detail of the mounting process to make sure that your indoor shutters are stunning every time - and function without a hitch. Don’t worry. You won’t have to even tell us to wear protective booties over our shoes (or watch for that valuable vase). We treat your house with the same level of attention we bring to your windows.

5. Overall Cost

When you first consider DIY plantation shutters, the main cost seems to be the actual shutters. However, the costs of additional shutter parts, materials to apply the finishing touches, and the tools needed add up quickly. And that’s without mentioning the physical demands and stress of this project. Can you afford the entire cost of DIY plantation shutters?

Hire A Plantation Shutters Expert In Houston, TX Today

Shutters professional installing Polywood shutters

When it comes to DIY plantation shutters in Houston, it’s a job for the experts at Sunburst Shutters Houston. We’ll drive out to your home and explain the process of selecting the plantation shutters that complement your taste. And we’ll note the dimensions of your windows precisely so we can build your shutters to look stunning and function beautifully. Let us worry about all the installation details for you. You’ll love how good your plantation shutters look when we’re done! (And you barely had to lift a finger.)

Give us a call at 713-853-9629 or fill out the form below to schedule your free in-home consultation today!