Detroit's Frequently Asked Questions About Shutters
For more than 24 years, we’ve received every question about shutters thinkable from our customers in Detroit. And we’ve put together 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.
For the budget-conscious, blinds are a temporary window treatment to cover your windows. Chances are they will 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 a variety of colors and unique patterns, changing 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 Detroit neighborhood.
Draperies also offer a wide variety of color, fabric, and patterns. They are a traditional alternative 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, you won’t have to clean draperies for five years.
If you are searching for 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 similar wood shutter. That’s energy savings you can’t get 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 house a clean modern feel whether they’re closed or open.
A poorly 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 with great accuracy, ensuring that each one moves perfectly – and doesn’t get damaged throughout.
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.
Your plantation shutter slats – or louvers – can be moved effortlessly by pushing them up or down. Most commonly, 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 tilt-rods or rear-mounted tilt rods. This gives your shutters a clean, contemporary look.
Our Polywood shutters last 50+ years – more than any other shutter you can find. That’s why these plantation shutters are a permanent fixture that adds to your home’s resale value. Learn more about the durability of our 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.
Plantation shutters are custom crafted to fit your windows just right. They become a permanent fixture of your home, adding to its resale value. These shutters cannot be moved from one house to another.
Plantation shutters are an investment that provides you with temperature control, energy efficiency, and privacy. They are custom designed and installed on your windows to become permanent fixtures. Not only are they elegant and energy saving, but plantation shutters also add to the value of your house. We’ve seen it first hand in Detroit!
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 ideal look for a plantation shutter?
Easy! Call us at 248-429-9294 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 allows us to provide you with the most accurate shutter price for your project. Schedule your in-home consultation today!
Yes! There’s rarely a reason to get rid of or alter your current window trim when installing new plantation shutters. Natural Ovation wood shutters and deluxe Polywood shutters can be customized with a variety of frame styles to fit seamlessly into your existing window trim. If your windows are trimless, 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 shutter installation crew will measure each of your individual windows during your free design consultation to make sure that your new shutters will fit perfectly with your window trim.
Sunburst Shutters Detroit is committed to offering a range of window coverings made right here in the U.S. Not only are Polywood plantation shutters America’s #1-selling shutter, but they’re 100% American-made. Not only does that mean saving you money on 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.
The primary difference between a shutter that’s stained or painted is the way the material of the shutter interacts with the color. Paint sits atop the material it’s coloring, covering the surface. Stains conversely, seep into the shutter, becoming a part of the natural wood or Polywood material.
Both methods come with their individual benefits. There are usually a larger number of color choices for painted shutters. With stained shutters, the color won’t obscure 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.
During 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.
The complete plantation shutter process, beginning with your in-home consultation through installation, will take about four to six weeks on average. The reason it takes this long is because we want to build the perfect shutters for your windows. To do that, we need to take precise measurements, use sophisticated software to design your shutters, assemble your custom shutters manually, and deliver them to your home for installation. Shutters made from real wood tend to take longer due to the staining and finishing process.
It will take a little time, but it’s an investment that’s well worth it.
If you’re an experienced handyperson, you might be familiar with what goes into installing shutters. However, installing shutters yourself may be a tad complex for most Detroit homeowners. We would suggest leaving the installation to our certified and insured professionals, that way you won’t be at risk of damaging your shutters, your windows, or anything else in your home.
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 work best in your house.
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 taste.
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 what you want 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 may 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.
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 panels. Often, wide panel shutters can’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.
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. If you happen to have windows in a hard to reach place in your house or you have windows with a unique shape, our installers 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 choose from our wide variety of Detroit plantation shutters, including choices for louver size, stain colors, and custom framing options.
So set up your shutter consultation today by calling 248-429-9294 today.