Raleigh's Frequently Asked Questions About Shutters
For more than 6 years, we’ve heard every question about shutters you can imagine from our customers in Raleigh. And we’ve put together the top ten of them here. Maybe 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.
For the budget-conscious, blinds are a temporary window treatment to cover your windows. Chances are they will deteriorate over time with the strings snapping and the loops that hold the slats in place falling apart. Not to mention, they might be troublesome to clean.
Shades offer a host 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 Raleigh neighborhood.
Draperies also offer a wide variety 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 beautiful on your windows, shutters are the choice for your home. Not only are shutters durable, but they’re also elegant and energy efficient. Actually, Polywood shutters insulate up to 70% better than an equivalent 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 house 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 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 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 without difficulty by adjusting them up or down. Generally, a tilt rod mounted on the front of the shutters lets you adjust the louvers. If you want to move the louvers with your hand, we suggest 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 around. 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 piece of cake to clean because they have large louvers and their tilt bars are either hidden or mounted on the rear. Merely tilt them open and dust them like furniture – or wipe smudges with a damp cloth.
Plantation shutters are custom made to fit your windows just right. They become a permanent fixture of your home, boosting its resale value. It’s not possible to move these shutters from one house to another.
Plantation shutters are an investment that allows temperature control, energy efficiency, and privacy. They are custom manufactured and installed on your windows to become permanent fixtures. Not only are they beautiful and energy saving, but plantation shutters also add to the value of your house. We’ve seen it first hand in Raleigh!
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 appropriate look for a plantation shutter?
Piece of cake! Call us at 919-887-9198 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 quote for your project. Schedule your in-home consultation today!
Absolutely! 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 available in an array of frame styles to fit easily into your existing window trim. If your windows are trimless, we offer frame styles to install right onto the wall around your window to fix your beautiful new shutters to your window opening.Your shutter installation crew will measure each of your house’s windows during your free design consultation to make sure that your new shutters will fit perfectly with your window trim.
Sunburst Shutters Raleigh is committed to offering a range of shutters 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 savings passed on to you from cutting unnecessary shipping and handling costs, it also gives you the bonus of knowing you’ve chosen an all-American window treatment for your Raleigh house.And it’s not just Polywood 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.
The primary difference between paints and stains for shutters is how the color interacts with the shutter material. Paint lays on the top layer of the material it’s coloring, covering the surface. Stains conversely, seep into the shutter, bonding to the natural wood or Polywood material.
Both methods come with their individual benefits. There tend to be a larger number of color choices for paints. With stained shutters, the color doesn’t obscure the natural wood grain, so you’re able to see the random 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 paint and stain samples directly to your home so you can perfectly match and complement colors with your current design.
The entire plantation shutter process, from your initial consultation to finishing your shutter installation, will take about four to six weeks on average. The process takes this long because our goal is to build 100% custom shutters for your windows. Doing that requires us to take exact measurements, make use of sophisticated software to design them, assemble your brand-new shutters by hand, and deliver them to your home for installation. Real wood shutters 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.
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 would suggest 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.
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 home.
Smooth finish shutters have a more modern look, whereas textured finish shutters look more natural and historic. But the perks to each style of plantation shutter finish are a little deeper, and ultimately it comes down to your own style.
Perks of shutters with a smooth finish – A smooth finish to your shutters offer a solid, sleek, modern 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 textured finish. We typically recommend a smooth finish for faux wood shutters like Polywood.Perks of a textured finish for shutters – A textured finish on your shutters gives you a more natural, somewhat historic look to your shutters. That’s awesome if you’re trying to bring the beauty 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 can wait a little longer between regular cleanings. A wood-grain finish looks especially great on real wood shutters in Raleigh.
Typically, 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 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. Oftentime, wider panels can’t fit flush against the wall due to their size. Multiple small panels don’t have that same issue.
For any windows that you’ll 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 operate them.
With Sunburst Shutters Raleigh, any and all window measurements will be done for free by one of our installers 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, featuring choices for finish, stain colors, and custom framing options.
So schedule your in-home consultation now by calling 919-887-9198 today.