Detroit’s Frequently Asked Questions About Shutters

For more than 19 years, we’ve received every question about shutters thinkable from our customers in Detroit. And we’ve gathered the top ten of them here. Perhaps 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 Detroit directly. We’re here to help you and happy to do so.

Which Plantation Shutters Should I Select?

That is based on how you would like 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 right for you. Or are you looking to copy the wood in your home as closely as possible? Ovation® wood shutters are an absolute fit for you.
 
Plantation shutters are celebrated for being energy efficient. And to get the most 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 tend to deteriorate over time with the strings giving way and the loops that hold the slats in place falling apart. In addition, they’re not easy to clean.

Shades offer an array of colors and unique patterns, changing your window into artwork. By simply pulling up the fabric of the shade, your entire window is exposed and you can see out onto your Detroit neighborhood.

Draperies also offer a wide assortment of color, fabric, and patterns. They are a traditional alternative for a window treatment. Adding thick panels between the drapes and the window provides you with light and temperature block-out capabilities. And unlike other window treatments, it’s not necessary to clean draperies for five years.

If you want a window treatment that lasts beyond 10 years, saves you real dollars on your energy bills, and looks exquisite on your windows, shutters are the choice for your home. Not only are shutters durable, but they’re also lovely 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 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 in vogue feel whether they’re closed or open.

How Are Shutters Installed on My Windows?

A poorly installed window treatment can be a hassle to open and can get damaged easily. We have a skilled installation crew that comes to your home and installs your window treatment with great accuracy, ensuring that each one functions flawlessly – 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 adjusting them up or down. Generally, a tilt rod mounted on the front of the shutters allows you to adjust the louvers. If you would like to move the louvers with your hand, we propose buying shutters with hidden or rear-mounted tilt rods. This gives your shutters a clean, contemporary feel.

How Do I Clean My Plantation Shutters?

Plantation shutters are simple 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 lets you have privacy on the bottom and leaves the top open for light and view. It’s called a café style shutter. But is it the ideal 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 well-rounded look – and letting you 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. It’s also convenient 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 a lot of of a view to look through.

Am I able to keep my old window trim when I put in shutters?

Yes! There’s rarely a reason to remove or make alterations to your old window trim when putting in new plantation shutters. Natural Ovation wood shutters and deluxe Polywood shutters can be customized with a variety of frame styles to fit easily into your existing window trim. If your windows don’t have trim, we also have frame styles available to install right onto the wall around your window to secure your gorgeous new shutters to your window opening.

Your Sunburst Shutters installation crew will measure each of your house’s windows during your free design consultation to make sure that your new shutters will fit seamlessly with your window trim.

Where are your shutters made?

Sunburst Shutters Detroit is proud to offer a range of window coverings 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 building of the shutters themselves. Not only does that mean savings passed on to you from cutting unnecessary shipping and handling costs, it also gives you the perk of knowing you’re choosing an all-American shutter for your Detroit house.

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

What’s the difference between shutter paints and stains?

The primary divide between a shutter that’s stained or painted is the way the material of the shutter interacts with the color. Paint sits on top of the material it’s coloring, covering the surface. Stains on the other hand seep into the shutter, becoming a part of the natural wood or Polywood material.

Each method comes with its unique benefits. There are usually a larger number of color choices for painted shutters. With stained shutters, the color won’t lie over the natural wood grain, so you’re able to see the random grooves and bumps of the material without a layer of paint hiding it.

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

How Long Will It Take To Install Shutters in Detroit?

The whole plantation shutter process, beginning with your starting consultation through installation, will take about four to six weeks. The reason it takes this long is because our goal is to build the perfect shutters for your windows. To do that, we need to take exact measurements, use sophisticated software to design your shutters, assemble your custom shutters manually, and deliver them to your home for installation. Real wood shutters tend to take longer due to the added steps of staining and finishing the wood.

It will take a little time, but it’s an investment that’s well worth it.

Do I need to send you my shutter measurements?

We offer a complete shop-at-home experience. So we send a representative to you to measure all your windows, walk you through your options, and give you a quote. The design consultation is absolutely free. That’s the best way to start a window treatment project. If you only want a ballpark estimate, you can submit the measurements of your windows through our contact form, or by calling us at 248-429-9294.

Should I Remove The Trim Before Putting In Shutters?

That’s up to your own taste. If you want to keep your existing trim, we’re able to build custom shutters to fit with your current trim. If you like our shutter frames better, then you can remove the trim—but it’s not a requirement. If you’re trying to go trimless or replace your trim, we’ll help you choose the best option to fit your perfect vision.

Can I DIY Install Shutters?

If you’re an experienced handyperson, you might be familiar with what goes into installing shutters. However, installing shutters yourself may be a bit complex for most Detroit homeowners. We recommend leaving the installation to professionals that are certified and insured, that way you won’t be at risk of damaging your shutters, your windows, or anything else in your home.

What Are Detroit’s Most Popular Shutter Options?

By far our most popular shutter offerings are our classic white Polywood® faux wood plantation shutters, and Ovation® hardwood shutters.

More specifically, the most common shutter configuration we sell is a 3.5” louver, smooth finish, and an interior-mount Z-frame. If those words don’t mean anything to you, that’s ok. We’d be delighted to show you what all those things mean in person. Set up a complimentary home consultation and we’ll show you what will look best in your house.

Is a smooth finish or wood-grain finish better for shutters?

Shutters with a smooth finish have a more fashionable look, whereas shutters with a textured finish look a bit more historic. However the perks to each style of plantation shutter finish are a little deeper, and ultimately it comes down to your own style.

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Benefits of shutters with a smooth finish – A smooth finish to your shutters offer a solid, chic, fashion-forward look. A smooth finish may be preferable if your home doesn’t have much in the way of wood grain surfaces or furniture. A smooth finish is easier to see when it needs dusting, in comparison with a wood grain finish. We typically recommend a smooth finish for faux wood shutters like Polywood.

Benefits of a textured finish for shutters – A textured finish on your shutters gives you a more natural, rustic look to your shutters. That’s perfect if your goal is to bring the look of nature indoors, particularly if you want to complement the look of your hardwood flooring. A textured finish on your shutters will also make dust harder to see, meaning you won’t need to wipe them down as frequently as you would if they were smooth. A textured finish looks especially great on real wood shutters in Detroit.

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. The most ideal layout is to use a single panel for windows up to 26 inches wide, two panels for windows up to 50 inches wide, and four for windows up to 98 inches wide.

Single wide panels aren’t as user-friendly as multiple separate panels. Often, wide panel shutters won’t fit flush against the wall because of their size. Two smaller panels don’t have that same issue.

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

How much does it cost to have my windows measured?

With Sunburst Shutters Detroit, all of your 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 hard to reach place in your house or has a unique shape, our shutter pros can get you an accurate measurement so that the final product will fit your windows seamlessly.

During your complimentary shutter consultation, your Sunburst Shutters installer can help you narrow down your options from our wide variety of Detroit plantation shutters, including choices for finish, stain colors, and custom framing options.

So set up your in-home consultation today by calling 248-429-9294 today.