Fort Lauderdale’s Frequently Asked Questions About Shutters

For more than 24 years, we’ve received every question about shutters thinkable from our customers in Fort Lauderdale. And we’ve collected 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 wait to contact Sunburst Shutters Fort Lauderdale directly. We’re here to aid you and happy to do so.

Which Plantation Shutters Should I Choose?

That depends on how you want the shutters to interact with 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 replicate the wood in your home as closely as possible? Ovation® wood shutters are a better fit for you.
 
Plantation shutters are known for being energy efficient. And to get maximum energy savings, our Polywood Shutter Insulation System is the only choice.

Why Are Shutters the Ideal Window Treatment?

For the budget-conscious, blinds are a temporary window treatment to cover your windows. They are susceptible to deteriorating over time with the strings giving way and the loops that hold the slats in place falling apart. Not to mention, they’re not easy to clean.

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

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

If you are searching for a window treatment that lasts over 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 magnificent and energy efficient. In fact, Polywood shutters insulate up to 70% better than a comparable 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 space a clean in vogue feel whether they’re closed or open.

How Are Shutters Installed on My Windows?

An inappropriately installed window treatment can be challenging to open and can get damaged easily. We have a skilled installation crew that comes to your home and installs your window treatment just right, double checking that each one functions perfectly – and doesn’t get damaged throughout.

But before we begin installing your shutters, we bring shutter samples to your home so we can custom design 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 easily by tilting them up or down. Most commonly, a tilt rod mounted on the front of the shutters allows you to adjust the louvers. To move the louvers with your hand, we recommend 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 breeze 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 damp cloth.

Should I Go Halfway Up My Window with Plantation Shutters?

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?

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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 have the option of closing the top louvers as well for privacy and security. It’s also convenient during the day when the sun is hindering 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 abundant space to look through.

How Do I Order Shutters from Sunburst Shutters Fort Lauderdale?

Simple! Call us at 561-440-8535 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. Once you’ve selected a shutter that matches your style, we can provide you with the best shutter quote for your project. Schedule your in-home consultation today!

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

Yes! There’s rarely a reason to take out or do work on your current window trim when putting in new plantation shutters. Natural Ovation wood shutters and patented Polywood shutters are available in an array of frame styles to fit seamlessly into your current window trim. If your windows have no trim, we also have frame styles available to install right onto the wall around your window to secure your beautiful new shutters to your window opening.

Your installation crew will measure each of your house’s windows during your complimentary in-home consultation to make sure that your new shutters will fit perfectly with your window trim.

Where are your shutters made?

Sunburst Shutters Fort Lauderdale is proud to offer a range of window coverings made right here in the U.S.A. Our popular Polywood plantation shutters are 100% made in America, from the manufacturing of our exclusive Polywood material to the construction of the shutters themselves. Not only does that result in saving you money on unnecessary shipping and handling costs, it also gives you the bonus of knowing you’re choosing an all-American shutter for your Fort Lauderdale house.

And Polywood isn’t the only shutter that’s from the U.S.A. Our stunning Reclaimed Wood shutters are constructed with lumber gathered from places across the country, from rustic Midwest barn doors to sturdy Texas ranch fences and more.

What’s the difference between shutter paints and stains?

The primary differentiator between a shutter that’s stained or painted is the way the material of the shutter interacts with the color. Paint sits atop the shutter, just coating the surface. Stains on the other hand penetrate the shutter, becoming a part of the natural wood or faux wood material.

The two color options have their own unique benefits. There are usually a larger number of color choices for painted shutters. With stained shutters, the color doesn’t interfere with the natural wood grain, so you’re able to see the random grooves and ridges of the material without it being masked 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 easily match and complement colors with your current design.

How Long Will It Take To Install Shutters in Fort Lauderdale?

The entire plantation shutter process, beginning with your initial consultation through putting your shutters in, usually takes around four to six weeks. The process takes this long because we want to build shutters that are perfectly customized to every facet of your windows. To do that, we need to take precise measurements, make use of sophisticated software to design your shutters, assemble your brand-new shutters manually, and deliver them to your home for installation. Real wood shutters typically take longer than faux wood due to the staining and finishing process.

It does 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 total shop-at-home experience. So we send one of our reps to your home to measure all your windows, discuss your options, and provide an accurate quote. The shutter consultation is absolutely free. That’s the easiest way to start your window treatment project. If you only need a simple estimate, you can submit your window measurements through our contact form, or give us a call at 561-440-8535.

Should I Remove The Trim Before Installing Shutters?

The answer will depend on your personal style. If you want to keep your trim in place, we’re able to build custom shutters to match your current trim. If you like our shutter frames better, then you can remove the trim—but it is not a requirement for shutters. If you want to go without trim or replace your trim, we’ll help you pick the right shutter to match what you have in mind for your space.

Can I Install The Shutters Myself?

If you’re a seasoned handyman, you’re probably familiar with some of the process involved in a shutter installation. However, DIY shutters might be a bit complex for most Fort Lauderdale residents. Our recommendation is to leave the installation to our certified and insured professionals, that way you won’t be at risk of damaging your shutters, windows, or injuring yourself.

What Are Your Most Popular Shutter Options?

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

More specifically, the most common shutter configuration features includes a 3 ½” louver, smooth finish, with an interior-mount Z-frame. If none of that makes any sense, that’s ok. We’d be happy to show you what all that means in person. Set up a free in-home consultation and we’ll show you what will work best in your space.

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

Shutters with a smooth finish have a more modern look, whereas shutters with a textured finish look more natural and historic. However the perks to each style of plantation shutter finish are a little deeper, and in the end come down to your own taste.

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Perks of a smooth finish for shutters – A smooth finish to your shutters offer a solid, chic, modern look. If you don’t have many other wood accessories like hardwood floors or furniture, 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 wood grain finish for shutters – A textured finish on your shutters gives you a more natural, somewhat historic look to your shutters. That’s great if you’re trying to bring the look of nature indoors, particularly if you want to match the look of your hardwood floors. A textured finish on your shutters will also make it harder to see dust, which means you won’t have to dust them as often as you would if they had a smooth finish. A textured finish looks especially great on real wood shutters in Fort Lauderdale.

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

Usually, the the large the surface area of your window, the more shutter panels you’ll need. The optimal design 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 aren’t as user-friendly as two separate panels. Oftentime, wider panels can’t fit flush against the wall due to their size. Multiple small panels solve that problem.

For windows that you might open or shut regularly, you’ll be better suited with multiple panels, since they’re easier to open and have additional support from the frame when you do open and shut them.

How much does a window measurement cost?

With Sunburst Shutters Fort Lauderdale, any and all measurements for shutters 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 difficult to reach place in your house or you have windows with a distinct shape, our installers can get you a precise measurement so that the final product will fit your windows seamlessly.

At your complimentary in-home consultation, your Sunburst Shutters rep will help you narrow down your options from our wide variety of Fort Lauderdale plantation shutters, including options for panel width, stains, and custom mounts and frames.

So set up your in-home consultation today by calling 561-440-8535 today.