Are DIY Plantation Shutters A Smart Choice For Your Houston Home?

Cory Cryer

DIY plantation shutters for your Houston house may seem like a smart idea initially. You buy the shutters, and you follow instructions that come with the products.

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

If you don’t have the tools, the experience, and the finishing touches, you’re at a greater risk of committing a mistake. Where DIY plantation shutters are concerned, the cost of a mistake outweighs any benefits. Shutter experts explain 5 more reasons why DIY plantation shutters are not a good solution for your Houston residence.

1. The Right Shutter Product

The store you purchase shutters from is unlikely to have the selection you’re interested in. Also, they might not aid you in determining which shutters are the best fit for a particular 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 help you choose the right products and the right frame with the right options so they last a lifetime. We carry these quality plantation shutters: Ovation® shutters (five star rated wood shutters) and Polywood® shutters (the best-selling plantation shutters in the US).

2. Different Window Shapes

Arched plantation shutters in contemporary bedroom

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

Most online retailers and suppliers only have 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 have them and your measurements aren’t correct, the shutters will be too big for the window. 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 a uniquely shaped window could lead to shutters that don’t open and close as they should. There’s a chance you could set up the shutter in a way that doesn’t let the louvers to move easily.

Our professionals note the width and length of your window - and all the corners in between. This makes sure that your odd shaped window shutters fit seamlessly. Then, taking advantage of advanced computer technology and relying on more than 40 of experience with window shutters, we craft your interior shutters to complement your odd shaped windows perfectly.

3. Challenging Window Types

Some window use a crank. Others tilt in or slide. If you don’t leave enough clearance between the window and the shutter panels when setting up 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 you can imagine. They’ve mounted indoor shutters on double hung windows, windows with cranks, French doors, sliding glass doors, bay windows - and more! We’ll make sure to mount 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 piece, every one eighth inch, every piece matters when mounting plantation shutters yourself. This means taking every detail into consideration. If the louvers bind and the panel is not level, the window shutters will have limited functionality, big gaps, and tightness all over. These problems can lead to irregular damage on shutters. The shutter panels may not even work correctly.

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.

Take the stress out of this home improvement project by hiring a team of specialists to install your plantation shutters in Houston, TX. Some 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 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 watch for that expensive vase (or to wear protective booties over our shoes). We treat your house with the same level of attention we bring to your windows.

5. Overall Cost

At first, the main cost of DIY plantation shutters 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 fast. And that’s without mentioning the physical demands and stress of this project. Can you handle the actual cost of DIY plantation shutters?

Hire A Plantation Shutters Expert In Houston, TX Today

Professional installation of Polywood shutters

When it comes to DIY plantation shutters in Houston, it’s a a project 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 accurately so we can build your shutters to look stunning and open and close beautifully. Why don’t you let us worry about the installation details?. 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!