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Are DIY Plantation Shutters A Smart Idea For Your Fort Lauderdale Home?

January 20, 2016

DIY plantation shutters for your Fort Lauderdale home is potentially a smart solution at first. You buy the shutters, and you try to install them based on the instructions included.

But DIY plantation shutters are unlike other home improvement projects because there are hundreds of ways to make serious errors when installing plantation shutters. You could take the measurements the window inaccurately or break something while mounting the shutters. The product will then become inoperable or the material will be ruined. And you’ll have to purchase all the parts again.

Without the tools, the experience, and the finishing touches, 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. Read on for 5 more reasons why DIY plantation shutters are not a savvy solution for your Fort Lauderdale house.

1. The Right Shutter Product

The vendor you purchase shutters from is unlikely to have the products you need. In addition, they may not aid you in determining the best shutters for a specific room. Interior shutters that work in the bedroom may not be good candidates for the bathroom where they’d be exposed to high humidity. And not all shutter products fit all windows.

Our experts 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 shutter products: Polywood® shutters (the best-selling plantation shutters in the nation) and Ovation® shutters (five star rated wood shutters).

2. Different Window Shapes

White arched plantation shutters in blue bedroom

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

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

And what’s worse, DIY plantation shutters for a special shaped window may result in shutters that can’t be opened and closed with ease. You might set up the shutter where the louvers cannot tilt easily.

Our experts note the measurements of your window - and every angle in between. This ensures that your specialty shaped plantation shutters fit seamlessly. Then, using computer technology and relying on more than 40 of experience with window shutters, we craft your interior shutters to fit your odd shaped windows flawlessly.

3. Challenging Window Types

Some window have 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 dealing with a window that can neither be tilted in or cranked open.

Our professionals have seen every type of window. They’ve set up indoor shutters on windows with cranks, French doors, sliding glass doors, bay windows, double hung windows - you name it! We install the plantation shutters you need in the right louver size so you can easily access your window and adjust your shutters.

4. Attention To Detail

Every piece, every one eighth inch, every angle is essential when mounting plantation shutters yourself. You’ll want to pay close attention to all the details. If the panel is not level and the louvers bind, you are stuck with window shutters that have tightness all over, limited functionality, and big gaps. These problems can lead to irregular depreciation of the shutters. Not to mention, the shutter panels might not operate smoothly.

If DIY plantation shutters are not installed squarely, too much pressure can build up from the usage and the weight. And this could cause the shutters to break.

Minimize the stress that goes into this project by hiring a team of experts to install your plantation shutters in Fort Lauderdale, FL. A handful of local stores, like Sunburst Shutters Fort Lauderdale, have a white glove service. We’ve been installing plantation shutters for decades. Our experts take care of every detail of the installation process to make sure that your plantation shutters look perfectly finished every time - and function without a hitch. You won’t even have to worry about telling us to wear protective booties over our shoes (or watch for that expensive vase). That’s because we treat your residence with the same attention we bring to your windows.

5. Overall Cost

The main cost of DIY plantation initially seems to be the actual shutters. However, the costs of additional shutter parts, materials to apply the finishing touches, and the tools needed add up quickly. And we haven’t even mentioned the physical demands and stress of this project. Can you take on the actual cost of DIY plantation shutters?

Hire A Plantation Shutters Expert In Fort Lauderdale, FL Today

Shutters professional installing Polywood shutters

Where DIY plantation shutters are concerned in Fort Lauderdale, it’s a project for the professionals at Sunburst Shutters Fort Lauderdale. We’ll come out to your house and explain the process of selecting the plantation shutters that complement your style. And we’ll note the dimensions of your windows accurately so we can fashion your plantation shutters to look and open and close beautifully. Why don’t you let us worry about the installation details?. You’ll love how beautiful your plantation shutters look when we leave! (And you didn’t even have to lift a finger.)

Contact us at 561-440-8535 or fill out the form below to schedule your free in-home consultation today!