Houston’s Frequently Asked Questions About Shutters

For more than 26 years, we’ve received every question about shutters imaginable from our customers in Houston. And we’ve collected the top ten of them here. Maybe in these questions and answers you’ll find answers to questions of your own. If not, please don’t wait to contact Sunburst Shutters Houston directly. We’re here to help you and happy to do so.

Which Plantation Shutters Should I Select?

That hinges on how you want the shutters to relate to your home’s décor. Do you want a shutter that contrasts your wall paint color and has clean lines? Polywood® plantation shutters are perfect for you. Or are you looking to duplicate the wood in your home as closely as possible? Ovation® wood shutters are the ultimate fit for you.
 
Plantation shutters are known for being energy efficient. And to get the most energy savings, our Polywood Shutter Insulation System is the only choice.

Why Are Shutters the Ideal Window Treatment?

For the budget-conscious, blinds are a temporary window treatment to cover your windows. They are susceptible to deteriorating over time with the strings snapping and the loops that hold the slats in place falling apart. Not to mention, they’re not easy to clean.

Shades offer a variety of colors and unique patterns, turning your window into artwork. Just by pulling up the fabric of the shade, your whole window is exposed and you can see out onto your Houston neighborhood.

Draperies also offer a wide assortment of color, fabric, and patterns. They are a traditional choice for a window treatment. Adding thick panels between the drapes and the window gives you light and temperature block-out capabilities. And unlike other window treatments, there’s no need to clean draperies for five years.

If you want a window treatment that lasts over 10 years, saves you money on your energy bills, and looks elegant on your windows, shutters are the choice for your home. Not only are shutters durable, but they’re also lovely and energy efficient. Actually, Polywood shutters insulate up to 70% better than a similar wood shutter. That’s energy savings you will miss out on with any other window treatment.

Plantation shutters are unparalleled when it comes to control over privacy and light. And with their large louvers, Polywood plantation shutters give your house a clean in vogue feel whether they’re closed or open.

How Are Shutters Installed on My Windows?

A poorly installed window treatment can be challenging to open and can get damaged easily. We have a skilled installation crew that comes to your home and installs your window treatment just right, ensuring that each one operates seamlessly – and doesn’t get damaged in the process.

But before we get to installing your shutters, we bring shutter samples to your home so we can custom design your window treatment together. Learn more about our free in-home consultation.

How Do I Move the Plantation Shutter Louvers?

Your plantation shutter slats – or louvers – can be moved simply by pushing them up or down. Generally, a tilt rod mounted on the front of the shutters gives you control over the louvers. To move the louvers with your hand, we advise buying shutters with hidden or rear-mounted tilt rods. This gives your shutters a clean, contemporary look.

How Do I Clean My Plantation Shutters?

Plantation shutters are a piece of cake to clean because they have large louvers and their tilt bars are either hidden or mounted on the rear. Merely tilt them open and dust them like furniture – or wipe smudges with a damp cloth.

Should I Go Halfway Up My Window with Plantation Shutters?

A half shutter allows you privacy on the bottom and leaves the top open for light and view. It’s called a café style shutter. But is it the right look for a plantation shutter?

Cafe Shutters Cafe Style Shutters With Divider

In the end, it’s a style choice – whether you like the look of a half shutter or that of a plantation shutter with a divider rail.
 
A full length shutter with a divider rail “completes” your window, giving it a fully finished look – and allowing you to close the bottom louvers for privacy while leaving the top louvers open for light. At night, you can close the top louvers as well for privacy and security. This also comes in handy during the day when the sun is stopping you from watching TV. And don’t worry about forgoing any of your view. A 3.5" or 4.5" louver will almost disappear when opened flat and gives you more than enough room to look through.

Am I able to keep my existing window trim if I put in shutters?

Yes! There’s rarely a need to get rid of or do work on your old window trim when you buy new plantation shutters. Natural Ovation wood shutters and deluxe Polywood shutters are offered in a variety of frame styles to fit easily into your current window trim. If your windows have no trim, we offer frame styles to install directly onto the drywall around your window to secure your stunning new shutters to your window opening.

Your shutter installer will measure each of your individual windows during your free design consultation to ensure that your new shutters will fit seamlessly with your window trim.

Where are Sunburst Shutters’ products made?

Sunburst Shutters Houston is committed to offering a collection of shutters made right here in the U.S.A. Not only are Polywood plantation shutters America’s #1-selling shutter, but they’re 100% made in America. Not only does that mean savings passed on to you from cutting unnecessary shipping and handling costs, it also gives you the bonus of knowing you’re choosing an all-American window treatment for your Houston home.

And Polywood isn’t the only shutter that’s from America. Our naturally beautiful Reclaimed Wood shutters are built using lumber repurposed from sources across the country, from homespun Southern barn doors to beautiful New England fences and more.

What’s the difference between painted and stained shutters?

The main differentiator between paints and stains for shutters is the way the color interacts with the shutter material. Paint sits on top of the shutter, covering the surface. Stains conversely, penetrate the shutter, becoming a part of the natural wood or faux wood material.

The two color options have their own unique benefits. There are usually more color options for painted shutters. With stained shutters, the color doesn’t obscure the natural wood grain, so you can see the natural knots and bumps of the material without it being hidden by a layer of paint.

When it comes time for your in-home window design consultation, our team will bring samples of our stain and paint options straight to you so you can perfectly match and complement colors with your current design.

How Long Does It Take To Get Shutters in Houston?

The whole plantation shutter process, from your initial consultation to finishing your shutter installation, usually takes about four to six weeks on average. The reason it takes this long is because our goal is to build shutters that are perfectly customized to every facet of your windows. To do that, we need to take precise measurements, make use of advanced software to design your shutters, assemble your brand-new shutters by hand, and ship them to you prior to installation. Shutters made from real wood typically take longer because of the added steps of staining and finishing the wood.

It will take a little time, but it’s definitely worth the wait.

Do I need to send you my shutter measurements?

We offer a start to finish in-home shopping experience. So we send one of our reps to your door to measure all your windows, show you your options, and provide a quote. The in-home consultation is totally free. That’s the most effective way to start your window treatment project. If you only want a ballpark estimate, you can give us your window measurements either by phone or through our contact form.

Do I Need To Remove The Trim Before Putting In Shutters?

Whether or not to remove the trim depends on your own taste. If you want to keep your trim in place, we’re able to build your shutters to fit with your current trim. If you like our shutter frames better, then removing trim is fine—but it’s not a requirement. If you’re trying to go trimless or replace your trim, your Sunburst installer can help you pick the best shutter to fit your perfect vision.

Can I DIY Install Shutters?

If you’re an experienced handyman, you might be familiar with what goes into a shutter installation. However, taking on DIY shutters can be a little complicated for most Houston residents. We would suggest leaving the installation to professionals that are certified and insured, so you won’t be at risk of damaging your shutters, your windows, or any other part of your home.

What Are Sunburst’s Most Popular Shutter Options?

Far and away our most popular shutter products are our classic white Polywood® faux wood plantation shutters, and Ovation® natural wood shutters.

As far as shutter options, the most popular shutter configuration we sell is a 3 ½” louver, smooth finish, and a Z-frame. If none of that makes any sense, that’s ok. We’ll be happy to show you what all those things mean in person. Set up your free home consultation and we’ll help you figure out what will look best in your space.

Is a smooth finish or textured finish better for shutters?

Shutters with a smooth finish tend to look more modern and suave, while shutters with a textured finish look a little more natural. But the benefits to both types of plantation shutter finish go a little bit farther, and ultimately it comes down to your own taste.

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Perks of shutters with a smooth finish – A smooth finish to your shutters offer a solid, sleek, fashion-forward look. If your home doesn’t have many other wood accessories like hardwood floors or furniture, you might not want a smooth finish. A smooth finish makes dust easier to see, compared to a wood grain finish. We usually recommend a smooth finish for faux wood shutters like Polywood.

Perks of shutters with a textured or wood grain finish – Shutters with a textured finish give you a more natural look to your windows. That’s awesome if you’re trying to bring the look of nature inside, especially if you want to match the look of your hardwood furniture. A textured finish on your shutter louvers may also make dust more difficult to see, which means you can wait a little longer between regular cleanings. A wood-grain finish looks especially great on real wood shutters in Houston.

How many shutter panels do I need for each window?

Typically, the bigger your window is, the more shutter panels you’ll want on it. Our recommendation is to use a single panel for windows up to 26 in. wide, two panels for windows up to 50 in. wide, and four for windows up to 98 in. wide.

Single wide panels aren’t as room-friendly as multiple separate panels. Often, wider panels can’t fit flush against the wall because of their size. Multiple small panels solve that problem.

For those windows that you may want to open or shut often, you’re usually better suited with multi-panel shutters, since it’s easier to open them and they get more support from the frame when you do operate them.

How much will a window shutter measurement cost?

With Sunburst Shutters Houston, any and all window measurements will be done by one of our installers for free as part of your in-home consultation. Even if your window is in a difficult to reach area of your home or has a distinct shape, our shutter experts can get you an accurate measurement so that the shutters you get will fit your windows seamlessly.

At your free in-home consultation, your Sunburst Shutters expert can help you pick from our wide array of Houston plantation shutters, including choices for louver size, stains, and custom mounts and frames.

So set up your shutter consultation now by calling 713-853-9629 today.