Orlando’s Frequently Asked Questions About Shutters

For more than 27 years, we’ve heard every question about shutters you can think of from our customers in Orlando. And we’ve gathered the top ten of them here. There’s a good chance that in these questions and answers you’ll find answers to questions of your own. If not, please don’t be reluctant to contact Sunburst Shutters Orlando directly. We’re here to help you and happy to do so.

Which Plantation Shutters Should I Choose?

That is based 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 match the wood in your home as closely as possible? Ovation® wood shutters are an absolute fit for you.
 
Plantation shutters are known for being energy efficient. And to get maximum energy savings, our Polywood Shutter Insulation System is the only choice.

Why Are Shutters the Most Sought After 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 breaking and the loops that hold the slats in place falling apart. In addition, they are difficult to clean.

Shades offer an array of colors and unique patterns, transforming your window into artwork. Just by pulling up the fabric of the shade, your full window is exposed and you can see out onto your Orlando neighborhood.

Draperies also come in a wide assortment of color, fabric, and patterns. They are a traditional option for a window treatment. Placing thick panels between the drapes and the window gives you light and temperature block-out capabilities. And unlike other window treatments, you won’t have to clean draperies for five years.

If you’re looking for a window treatment that lasts over 10 years, saves you money on your energy bills, and looks lovely on your windows, shutters are the choice for your home. Not only are shutters durable, but they’re also charming and energy efficient. As a matter of fact, Polywood shutters insulate up to 70% better than a similar wood shutter. That’s energy savings you can’t get 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 contemporary feel whether they’re closed or open.

How Are Shutters Installed on My Windows?

An improperly installed window treatment can be challenging to open and can get damaged easily. We have an expert installation crew that comes to your home and installs your window treatment exactly, double checking that each one functions seamlessly – and doesn’t get damaged when opened and closed.

But before we start installing your shutters, we bring shutter samples to your home so we can custom fashion 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 without difficulty by tilting them up or down. Usually, a tilt rod mounted on the front of the shutters allows you to adjust 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 breeze to clean because they have large louvers and their tilt bars are either hidden or mounted on the rear. Just tilt them open and dust them like furniture – or wipe smudges with a wet cloth.

Should I Go Halfway Up My Window with Plantation Shutters?

A half shutter gives 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 appropriate 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 giving you the option to close the bottom louvers for privacy while leaving the top louvers open for light. At night, you are able to close the top louvers as well for privacy and security. That’s also helpful during the day when the sun is preventing 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 of a view to look through.

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

Yes! There’s almost never a reason to remove or do work on your old window trim when you buy new plantation shutters. Natural Ovation wood shutters and premier Polywood shutters can be customized with an array of frame styles to fit seamlessly into your existing window trim. If your windows have no trim, you can choose a specific frame style to install directly onto the drywall around your window to secure your beautiful new shutters to your window opening.

Your shutter installation team will measure each of your home’s windows during your complimentary design consultation to ensure that your new shutters will fit perfectly with your window trim.

Where are Sunburst Shutters’ products made?

Sunburst Shutters Orlando is happy to provide a collection of window treatments made right here in the U.S. Our marquee Polywood plantation shutters are 100% made in America, from the creation of our patented Polywood material to the construction of the shutters themselves. Not only does that result in saving you money on unnecessary shipping and handling costs, it also gives you the perk of knowing you’re choosing an all-American product for your Orlando home.

And Polywood isn’t alone in hailing from America. Our stunning Reclaimed Wood shutters are built using lumber gathered from sources across the country, from rustic Midwest barn doors to beautiful New England fences and more.

What’s the difference between painted and stained shutters?

The main divide between painted and stained shutters is the way the shutter material interacts with the color. Paint sits on top of the material it’s coloring, just coating the surface. Stains on the other hand penetrate the shutter, bonding to the natural wood or Polywood 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 random knots and ridges of the material without a layer of paint masking it.

For your in-home window design consultation, our team will bring samples of all our color options straight to you so you can perfectly match and complement colors with your existing interior design.

How Long Does It Take To Get Shutters in Orlando?

The entire plantation shutter process, beginning with your initial consultation through installation, will take approximately four to six weeks. The process takes this long because we want to build the perfect shutters for your windows. To do that, we need to take precise measurements, use advanced software to design your shutters, assemble your brand-new shutters by hand, and get them to your home for installation. Wood shutters will usually take longer than faux wood because of the staining and finishing process.

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

Do I need to send Sunburst my shutter measurements?

Sunburst Shutters Orlando offers a complete shop-at-home experience. We’ll send a representative to you to get window measurements, walk you through your options, and give you a quote. The in-home consultation is 100% free. That’s the best way to start a shutter project. If you only need a quick estimate, you can send us the measurements of your windows either by phone or through our contact form.

Should I Remove My Trim Before Installing Shutters?

Whether or not to remove the trim depends on your own taste. If you want to keep the trim you already have, we’re able to build your shutters to match 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, we can help you find the best option to match the vision you have in mind for your windows.

What Are Sunburst’s Most Popular Shutter Options?

Far and away our most in-demand shutter options are our classic white Polywood® plantation shutters, and Ovation® natural wood shutters.

To get more specific, the most common shutter configuration features includes a 3 ½” louver, non-textured finish, with an interior-mount Z-frame. If those words don’t mean anything to you, that’s ok. We’d be happy to show you what all those things mean in person. Schedule your free in-home consultation and we’ll show you what will look best on your windows.

What’s better: a smooth finish or textured finish for shutters?

Smooth finish shutters tend to look more modern and sleek, while shutters with a textured finish look more natural and historic. But the benefits to each style of plantation shutter finish go a little bit farther, and in the end it comes down to your own taste.

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Benefits of a smooth finish for shutters – A smooth finish to your shutters offer a solid, sleek, fashion-forward look. A smooth finish may be perfect for you if your home doesn’t have much in the way of wood grain accessories or furniture. 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.

Benefits of a textured finish for shutters – A wood grain finish on your shutters offers a more natural, rustic look to your shutters. That’s fantastic if your goal is to bring the beauty of nature indoors, particularly if you want to accentuate the look of your hardwood furniture. A textured finish on your shutters may also make it more difficult to see dust, which means you can wait a little longer between regular cleanings. A wood-grain finish looks especially great on real wood shutters in Orlando.

What’s the best number of shutter panels for each window?

For the most part, the the large the surface area of your window, the more shutter panels you’ll need. Our recommendation is to use one panel for windows up to 26” wide, two panels for windows up to 50” wide, and four for windows up to 98” wide.

Single wide panels aren’t as room-friendly as two separate panels. Oftentime, wide panel shutters won’t fit flush against the wall because of their width. Multiple smaller panels resolve that.

For any windows that you’ll open or shut regularly, you’ll be better off with multiple panels, since they’re easier to open and have additional support from the shutter frame when you do open and close them.

How much does it cost to have my windows measured for shutters?

With Sunburst Shutters Orlando, any and all measurements for shutters will be done by one of our installers for free as part of your in-home consultation. Even if your window is in a hard to reach place in your home or has a unique shape, our installers can get you an accurate measurement so that the shutters you get will perfectly match up with your windows.

During your complimentary shutter consultation, your Sunburst Shutters rep will help you choose from our extensive array of Orlando plantation shutters, including options for louver size, stains, and custom framing options.

So set up your in-home consultation now by calling 407-630-7011 today.