Raleigh’s Frequently Asked Questions About Shutters

For more than 1 year, we’ve heard every question about shutters you can imagine from our customers in Raleigh. 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 hesitate to contact Sunburst Shutters Raleigh directly. We’re here to assist you and happy to do so.

Which Plantation Shutters Should I Choose?

That depends on how you want the shutters to mesh with 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 copy the wood in your home as closely as possible? Ovation® wood shutters are the ultimate fit for you.
 
Plantation shutters are recognized 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 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 a host of colors and unique patterns, transforming 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 Raleigh neighborhood.

Draperies also offer a wide assortment of color, fabric, and patterns. They are a traditional alternative for a window treatment. Placing thick panels between the drapes and the window provides you with light and temperature block-out capabilities. And unlike other window treatments, there’s no need to clean draperies for five years.

If you are searching for a window treatment that lasts more than 10 years, saves you money on your energy bills, and looks elegant on your windows, shutters are the choice for your home. Not only are shutters durable, but they’re also beautiful and energy efficient. As a matter of fact, Polywood shutters insulate up to 70% better than an equivalent 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 contemporary feel whether they’re closed or open.

How Are Shutters Installed on My Windows?

An improperly installed window treatment can be a hassle to open and can get damaged easily. We have a professional installation crew that comes to your home and installs your window treatment just right, ensuring that each one moves perfectly – and doesn’t get damaged when opened and closed.

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.

How Do I Move the Plantation Shutter Louvers?

Your plantation shutter slats – or louvers – can be moved effortlessly by adjusting them up or down. Generally, a tilt rod mounted on the front of the shutters lets you adjust the louvers. To move the louvers with your hand, we suggest buying shutters with hidden or rear-mounted tilt rods. This gives your shutters a clean, contemporary appearance.

How Do I Clean My Plantation Shutters?

Plantation shutters are a piece of cake to clean because they have large louvers and their tilt bars are either hidden or mounted on the rear. Gently tilt them open and dust them like furniture – or wipe smudges with a damp 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 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 letting you close the bottom louvers for privacy while leaving the top louvers open for light. At night, you have the option of closing the top louvers as well for privacy and security. This also comes in handy during the day when the sun is preventing you from watching TV. And don’t worry about forfeiting any of your view. A 3.5" or 4.5" louver will almost disappear when opened flat and gives you more than enough space to look through.

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

Yes! There’s rarely a need to take out or do work on your existing window trim when you buy new plantation shutters. Natural Ovation wood shutters and deluxe Polywood shutters are offered in an array of frame styles to fit seamlessly 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 fix your beautiful new shutters to your window opening.

Your Sunburst Shutters installer 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.

Where are Sunburst Shutters’ products made?

Sunburst Shutters Raleigh is committed to offering a range of window treatments made right here in America. Not only are Polywood plantation shutters America’s #1-selling shutter, but they’re 100% made in America. Not only does that result in saving you money on unnecessary shipping and handling costs, it also gives you the bonus of knowing you’ve chosen an all-American shutter for your Raleigh house.

And Polywood isn’t the only shutter that’s from America. Our stunning Reclaimed Wood shutters are built 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 painted and stained shutters?

The primary divide between painted and stained shutters is the way the color interacts with the shutter material. Paint lays on the top layer of the material it’s coloring, covering the surface. Stains conversely, permeate the shutter, bonding to the natural wood or Polywood material.

Each method comes with its unique benefits. There tend to be a larger number of color choices for paints. With stained shutters, the color doesn’t lie over the natural wood grain, so you’re able to see the natural grooves and bumps of the material without it being hidden by a layer of paint.

During your in-home window design consultation, our team will bring samples of our stain and paint options right to your door so you can perfectly match and complement colors with your current design.

How Long Does It Take To Install Shutters in Raleigh?

The entire plantation shutter process, from your initial consultation to putting your shutters in, will take about four to six weeks on average. The process takes this long because we want to build the perfect shutters for your windows. Doing that requires us to take exact measurements, use sophisticated software to design them, assemble your brand-new shutters by hand, and deliver them to you prior to installation. Shutters made from real wood tend to take longer than faux wood due to the staining and finishing process.

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

Do I need to send my shutter measurements to you?

Sunburst Shutters Raleigh offers a total shop-at-home experience. So we send one of our reps to you to measure all your windows, walk you through your options, and give you an accurate quote. The in-home consultation is 100% free. That’s the most effective way to start your window treatment project. If you’re only looking for a quick estimate, you can send us your window measurements through our contact form, or give us a call at 919-887-9198.

Should I Remove The Trim Before Installing Shutters?

That’s up to your own taste. If you want to keep your trim in place, we can 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 necessity. If you want to go without trim or replace your trim, your Sunburst installer can help you pick the right option to match your perfect vision.

Can I DIY Install Shutters?

If you’re an experienced DIYer, you’re probably familiar with some of the process involved in a shutter installation. However, taking on DIY shutters may be a little complicated for most Raleigh homeowners. We recommend leaving the installation to professionals that are certified and insured, so you won’t risk damage to your shutters, your windows, or any other part of your home.

What Are Your Most Popular Shutter Options?

Far and away our most popular shutter products are our classic white Polywood® plantation shutters, and Ovation® natural wood shutters.

To get more specific, the most common shutter configuration features includes a 3.5” louver, smooth finish, and an interior-mount Z-frame. If all that information is confusing, that’s ok. We’d be happy to show you what all those things mean in person. Set up your free in-home consultation and we’ll help you find what would work best in your space.

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

Smooth finish shutters have a more modern look, whereas textured finish shutters look more natural and historic. But the perks to both types of plantation shutter finish are a little deeper, and ultimately it comes down to your own style.

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Perks of shutters with a smooth finish – A smooth finish to your shutters offer a solid, sleek, sophisticated look. If your home doesn’t have many other wood accessories like hardwood floors or exposed beams, you may not want a smooth finish. A smooth finish is easier to see when it needs dusting, compared to a wood grain finish. We typically recommend a smooth finish for faux wood shutters like Polywood.

Perks of a wood grain finish for shutters – A textured finish on your shutters offers a more natural, somewhat historic look to your shutters. That’s perfect if you’re trying to bring the look of nature inside, especially if you want to accentuate the look of your hardwood floors. A textured finish on your shutter louvers will also make it harder to see dust, meaning you don’t have to dust them as often as you would if they had a smooth finish. A wood-grain finish looks especially great on real wood shutters in Raleigh.

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

Typically, the the large the surface area of your window, the more shutter panels you’ll need. The most ideal layout is to use one panel for windows up to 26 in. wide, two panels for windows up to 50 in. wide, and four for windows up to 98 in. wide.

Single wide panels are not as user-friendly as multiple separate panels. Sometimes, wider panels can’t fit flush against the wall due to their size. Multiple smaller panels don’t have that same issue.

For those windows that you may want to open or shut often, you’re usually better off with multi-panel shutters, since it’s easier to open them and they have more support from the frame when you do open and close them.

How much does a window shutter measurement cost?

With Sunburst Shutters Raleigh, any and all 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 area of your home or has a distinct shape, our installers can get you an accurate measurement so that the shutters you get will fit your windows seamlessly.

During your free in-home consultation, your Sunburst Shutters pro can help you pick from our wide variety of Raleigh plantation shutters, such as choices for louver size, stain colors, and custom framing options.

So schedule your shutter consultation now by calling 919-887-9198 today.