Orlando's Frequently Asked Questions About Shutters
For more than 33 years, we’ve heard every question about shutters you can think of from our customers in Orlando. And we’ve put together 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.
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 entire window is exposed and you can see out onto your Orlando neighborhood.
Draperies also come in a wide variety of color, fabric, and patterns. They are a traditional option for a window treatment. Installing thick panels between the drapes and the window gives you light and temperature block-out capabilities. And unlike other window treatments, it’s not necessary to clean draperies for five years.
If you’re looking for a window treatment that lasts beyond 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 comparable wood shutter. That’s energy savings you will miss out on with any other window treatment.
When it comes to control over privacy and light, plantation shutters are unmatched. And with their large louvers, Polywood plantation shutters give your space a clean contemporary feel whether they’re closed or open.
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 exactly, double checking that each one moves seamlessly – and doesn’t get damaged throughout.
But before we begin 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.
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 tilt-rods or rear-mounted tilt rods. This gives your shutters a clean, contemporary look.
Our Polywood shutters last over 50 years – more than any other shutter you can find. That’s why these plantation shutters are a permanent fixture that raises your home’s resale value. Learn more about the durability of our 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 moist cloth.
Plantation shutters are custom fashioned to fit your windows just right. They become a permanent fixture of your home, increasing its resale value. These shutters cannot be moved from one house to another.
Plantation shutters are an investment that allows temperature control, energy efficiency, and privacy. They are custom designed and installed on your windows to become permanent fixtures. Not only are they exquisite and energy saving, but plantation shutters also boost the value of your house. We’ve seen it first hand in Orlando!
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?
Easy! Call us at 407-630-7011 or fill out the form below to schedule your free in-home consultation, and we’ll take it from there. We come out to your home to measure the windows you want to add shutters to and bring samples of all of our shutter products and their available options. This way we can provide you with the most accurate shutter estimate for your project. Schedule your in-home consultation today!
Yes! There’s almost never a reason to get rid of or do work on your current 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 easily 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 seamlessly with your window trim.
Sunburst Shutters Orlando is happy to provide a collection of window treatments made right here in the U.S. Our top-selling Polywood plantation shutters are 100% made in America, from the creation of our exclusive Polywood material to the construction of the shutters themselves. Not only does that result in savings passed on to you from cutting unnecessary shipping and handling costs, it also gives you the benefit of knowing you’ve chosen 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.
The main difference between painted and stained shutters is the way the shutter material interacts with the color. Paint sits atop the shutter, 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 often 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.
The entire plantation shutter process, beginning with your initial consultation through installation, usually takes approximately four to six weeks. The process takes this long because our goal is to build 100% custom shutters for your windows. Doing that requires us to take precise measurements, use advanced software to design your shutters, assemble your brand-new shutters by hand, and deliver them to your home for installation. Wood shutters will usually take longer than Polywood because of the added steps of staining and finishing the wood.
It does take a little time, but it’s definitely worth the wait.
If you’re a seasoned handyman, you’re probably familiar with what goes into installing shutters. However, installing shutters yourself may be a bit complex for most Orlando residents. We would suggest leaving the installation to professionals that are certified and insured, that way you won’t risk damage to your shutters, windows, or injuring yourself.
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 none of that makes any sense, 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 help you figure out what will look best on your windows.
Smooth finish shutters tend to look more fashionable 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.
Benefits of a smooth finish for shutters – A smooth finish to your shutters offer a solid, chic, fashion-forward look. A smooth finish might 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 wood grain finish for shutters – A wood grain finish on your shutters offers a more natural, rustic look to your shutters. That’s great 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.
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. Sometimes, wide panel shutters can’t fit flush against the wall because of their width. Multiple small panels solve that issue.
For those windows that you’ll open or shut regularly, you’ll be better suited with multiple panels, since they’re easier to open and have more support from the shutter frame when you do operate them.
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 shutter pros 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 today by calling 407-630-7011 today.