Shutters in a dining room

Are DIY Plantation Shutters A Smart Solution For Your Austin House?

January 20, 2016

DIY plantation shutters for your Austin house might seem like a savvy solution initially. You get the shutters, and you start mounting them according to the steps listed in the accompanying pamphlet.

But DIY plantation shutters are unlike other home improvement projects because there are hundreds of ways to end up with vital errors when setting up plantation shutters. You could take the measurements the window inaccurately or bust something while installing the shutters. The product will then become inoperable or the material will be ruined. And you end up having to buy all the pieces all over again.

If you don’t have the tools, the experience, and the finishing touches, you’re more likely to end up with a mistake. When it comes to DIY plantation shutters, the cost of a mistake is not worth it. Shutter experts explain 5 more reasons why DIY plantation shutters are not a savvy solution for your Austin residence.

1. The Right Shutter Product

The store you order shutters from may not have the selection you’re interested in. And, they may not aid you in deciding which shutters are the best fit for a specific room. Interior shutters that work in the living room may not work in the bathroom where they’d be subjected to high humidity. And not all shutters fit all windows.

Our specialists help you choose the right shutter products with the right frame and the right options so they last a lifetime. We proudly present you with these quality plantation shutters: Polywood® shutters (the best-selling plantation shutters in America) 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 may even be unique shapes, like triangle, arched, circle, and octagon.

Most online stores and vendors only offer plantation shutters for rectangle windows. They won’t have specialty shaped shutters because there’s a great chance for flaws in measurement. If they do have them and your measurements aren’t correct, the shutters will be too big and won’t look good. This is where mistakes are made the most with DIY plantation shutters.

And what’s worse, DIY plantation shutters for a special shaped window might result in shutters that you cannot open and close as they should. You could also mount the shutter where the louvers cannot be adjusted easily.

Our experts measure the width and length of your window - and each angle in between. This ensures that your specialty shaped plantation shutters fit flawlessly. Then, using computer technology and relying on 40+ years of experience in the window shutter industry, we build your interior shutters to complement your uniquely shaped windows to a T.

3. Challenging Window Types

Some windows tilt in or slide. Others use a crank. If you don’t leave enough space between the window and the shutter panels when setting up your DIY plantation shutters, you’ll be left with a crank that is not accessible and a window that won’t tilt in.

Our specialists have seen the spectrum of window types you can imagine. They’ve installed shutters on windows with cranks, French doors, sliding glass doors, bay windows, double hung windows - and more! We’ll make sure to install the window shutters you need in the right louver size so you can easily access your window and adjust your shutters.

4. Attention To Detail

Each angle, each piece, each one eighth inch makes a difference when mounting plantation shutters yourself. So keep an eye out for the details. If the louvers bind and the panel is not level, you end up with window shutters that have tightness all over, limited functionality, and big gaps. These problems can lead to irregular wear and tear on shutters. And there’s a chance that the shutter panels won’t function properly.

If your DIY plantation shutters are not installed squarely, it’s possible that too much pressure can build up from usage and weight. And this could result in the shutters breaking.

Take the stress out of this home improvement project by hiring specialists to mount your plantation shutters in Austin, TX. Some local stores, like Sunburst Shutters Austin, have a white glove service. We’ve been setting up plantation shutters for decades. Our experts attend to each detail of the installation process to ensure that your window shutters are stunning every time - and work readily. You won’t even have to worry about telling us to wear protective booties over our shoes (or watch for that fancy vase). That’s because we treat your home with the same attention we show your windows.

5. Overall Cost

At first, the main cost of DIY plantation shutters seems to be the shutters themselves. But the costs of additional shutter parts, materials to apply the finishing touches, and the tools needed add up faster than you think. And that’s without mentioning the physical demands and stress of this project. Can you afford the actual cost of DIY plantation shutters?

Hire A Plantation Shutters Specialist In Austin, TX Today

Shutters professional installing Polywood shutters

Where DIY plantation shutters are concerned in Austin, it’s a job for the experts at Sunburst Shutters Austin. We’ll visit your house and walk you through the process of picking the plantation shutters that match your style. And we’ll measure your windows so we can fashion your plantation shutters to look and operate beautifully. Why don’t you let us worry about the installation details?. You’ll love how good your plantation shutters look when we leave!

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