Polywood shutters in a living room

The Austin Homeowners Guide To Replacing Windows and Shutters

August 21, 2017

You know what you can expect when you put plantation shutters in your Austin home: amazing style, fantastic light control, and effective insulation for a cozier home. But what happens if something unexpected happens, making you have to replace your window? What needs to happen with your shutters? 

Luckily, we’re here to help. Here’s everything you should know about shutters and replacing your windows.

You can replace windows without replacing your shutters

Possibly the question we’re asked the most about window replacements is if you can swap your windows without getting rid of your shutters. The answer in nearly all cases is yes! It’s very uncommon that your shutters will interfere with replacing a window pane, and in those cases they’re easy to detach from the bracket affixed to the frame and can be reinstalled after the replacement is done.

Shutter install in Austin family room 

There may be the odd case where your new windows might not work with your existing shutters, like if you’re installing tilting windows or crank handle windows. If that’s the case, you can still keep your shutters. Our shutter installers may be able to devise a solution to work with the new windows, whether it’s a new frame or swapping the mount on your shutters.

If You Have The Right Shutters, You May Not Have To Replace Your Windows

Why are you replacing your windows? If your window is starting to show signs of cracking, that makes sense. But what if you’re thinking about getting a new window just because you want better insulation, or a better looking window?

If that’s the case, what you might really be in the market for is a higher quality window treatment. A window treatment designed for energy efficiency like Polywood plantation shutters can offer you better control over your home temperature than installing a double-pane window. With shutters, you can completely change how your windows look, with half the hassle.

Classic shutters in Austin bedroom 

Moreover, installing shutters is a more valuable home investment, since they are both an architectural feature and an aesthetic addition.

You Don’t Need Any Extra Work to Install Shutters

Some Austin homeowners believe that you need to swap out your windows, frame, or trim in order to have shutters installed. That’s certainly not true. Even if your windows have an unorthodox shape, way of opening, or tilt a certain way, we can design shutters that work perfectly together with your window setup. From a custom mount that accentuates your existing trim, to a custom build that makes room for a window crank, there’s no additional work required.

Have Any Other Questions About Window Replacements and Shutters?

If you have more questions on replacing your shuttered windows, or want to put in shutters on a new window, Sunburst Shutters Austin is here to help. Call our experts at 512-549-6077 today or fill out our contact form below to get in touch. And be sure to check out our Frequently Asked Shutter Questions for more info.
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