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Are DIY Plantation Shutters A Smart Idea For Your Detroit House?

January 20, 2016

DIY plantation shutters for your Detroit home might seem like a smart choice initially. You get the shutters, and you try to install them based on the instructions included.

But the biggest problem is that, unlike other home improvement projects, there are more than a hundred ways to commit vital missteps when mounting plantation shutters. You could take the measurements the window incorrectly or break something while installing the shutters. The shutters product will then become inoperable or the material will be ruined. And you have to buy all the pieces all over again.

Without the experience, the finishing touches, and the tools, you’re at a greater risk of committing 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 choice for your Detroit residence.

1. The Right Shutter Product

The vendor you order shutters from is unlikely to have the products you’re interested in. In addition, they might not assist you in determining what works best for a certain room. Interior shutters that work in the living room may not work in the bathroom where they’d be exposed to high humidity. And don’t forget: not all shutter products fit all windows.

Our specialists help you pick the right products and the right frame with the right options so they last a lifetime. We proudly present you with these quality shutters: Polywood® shutters (the best-selling plantation shutters in the US) and Ovation® shutters (five star rated wood shutters).

2. Different Window Shapes

Bedroom with blue paint and white plantation shutters

You may have noticed how the windows in your home are not the same size. And they may even be special shapes, like triangle, arched, circle, and octagon.

Most suppliers and online retailers only carry plantation shutters for rectangle windows. They won’t offer specialty shaped shutters because there’s so much room for flaws in measurement. If they do offer them and your measurements are wrong, the shutters will be too big. This is where it’s easy to make mistakes with DIY plantation shutters.

And even worse, DIY plantation shutters for a uniquely shaped window might lead to shutters that you cannot open and close properly. There’s a chance you could install the shutter where the louvers cannot be adjusted easily.

Our professionals take the measurements of your window - and every corner in between. This guarantees that your odd shaped window shutters fit seamlessly. Then, using computer technology and relying on 40+ years of experience in the window shutter industry, we make your indoor shutters to match your specialty shaped windows seamlessly.

3. Challenging Window Types

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

Our specialists have seen every window type out there. They’ve installed plantation shutters on windows with cranks, French doors, sliding glass doors, bay windows, double hung windows - and more! We take care to install the right shutters in the louver size you need to effectively operate your shutters.

4. Attention To Detail

Every piece, every one eighth inch, every piece makes a difference when setting up plantation shutters yourself. This means taking every detail into consideration. If the louvers bind and the panel is not level, you end up with window shutters that have tightness all over, limited functionality, and big gaps. These problem points can cause abnormal wear and tear on shutters. And there’s a chance that the shutter panels won’t function properly.

If the DIY plantation shutters are not installed squarely, it’s possible that too much pressure can build up from the usage and the weight. And this may cause the shutters to break.

Take the stress out of this project by hiring professionals to mount your plantation shutters in Detroit, MI. A few local stores, like Sunburst Shutters Detroit, have a white glove service. We’ve been setting up plantation shutters for 40+ years. Our professionals take care of every detail of the installation process to make sure that your indoor shutters are stunning every time - and operate without a hitch. You don’t have to tell us to watch for that expensive vase (or to wear protective booties over our shoes). That’s because we treat your home with the same level of attention we show your windows.

5. Overall Cost

When you first consider DIY plantation shutters, the main cost seems to be the shutter product only. But the costs of additional shutter parts, materials to apply the finishing touches, and the tools needed add up faster than you think. And that’s without mentioning the stress and physical demands of this undertaking. Are you ready for the entire cost of DIY plantation shutters?

Hire A Plantation Shutters Professional In Detroit, MI Today

Sunburst Shutters professional installing plantation shutters

Where DIY plantation shutters are concerned in Detroit, it’s a project for the specialists at Sunburst Shutters Detroit. We’ll drive out to your home and walk you through the process of picking the plantation shutters that match your style. And we’ll note the measurements of your windows precisely so we can craft your interior shutters to look and operate beautifully. Why don’t you let us stress over the installation details?. You’ll love how beautiful your plantation shutters look when we’re done!

Call 248-429-9294 or fill out the form below to schedule your free in-home consultation today!