Austin’s Frequently Asked Questions About Shutters

For more than 23 years, we’ve been asked every question about shutters you can imagine from our customers in Austin. And we’ve put together the top ten of them here. There’s a good chance that in these questions and answers you’ll find answers to questions of your own. If not, please don’t be reluctant to contact Sunburst Shutters Austin directly. We’re here to aid you and happy to do so.

Which Plantation Shutters Should I Select?

That hinges on how you would like the shutters to mesh 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 match the wood in your home as closely as possible? Ovation® wood shutters are the ultimate fit for you.
 
Plantation shutters are recognized for being energy efficient. And to get the most 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 tend to deteriorate over time with the strings giving way and the loops that hold the slats in place falling apart. And they’re not easy to clean.

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

Draperies also are available in a wide spectrum of color, fabric, and patterns. They are a traditional alternative for a window treatment. Placing thick panels between the drapes and the window allows for light and temperature block-out capabilities. And unlike other window treatments, there’s no need to clean draperies for five years.

If you’re looking for a window treatment that lasts over 10 years, saves you actual bucks 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 charming 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 house a clean in vogue feel whether they’re closed or open.

How Are Shutters Installed on My Windows?

An improperly installed window treatment can be tough to open and can get damaged easily. We have a skilled installation crew that comes to your home and installs your window treatment exactly, ensuring that each one operates seamlessly – and doesn’t get damaged when opened and closed.

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.

How Do I Move the Plantation Shutter Louvers?

Your plantation shutter slats – or louvers – can be moved easily by tilting them up or down. Usually, a tilt rod mounted on the front of the shutters lets you adjust the louvers. To move the louvers with your hand, we propose buying shutters with hidden or rear-mounted tilt rods. This gives your shutters a clean, contemporary feel.

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. Simply tilt them open and dust them like furniture – or wipe smudges with a wet cloth.

Should I Go Halfway Up My Window with Plantation Shutters?

A half shutter lets you have 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?

Cafe Shutters Cafe Style Shutters With Divider

What it comes down to is 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 fully finished look – and letting you close the bottom louvers for privacy while leaving the top louvers open for light. At night, you can close the top louvers as well for privacy and security. This also comes in handy during the day when the sun is stopping you from watching TV. And don’t worry about losing any of your view. A 3.5" or 4.5" louver will almost disappear when opened flat and gives you a lot of space to look through.

Can I keep my old window trim if I install shutters?

Absolutely! There’s almost never a reason to get rid of or make alterations to your existing window trim when putting in new plantation shutters. Natural Ovation wood shutters and patented Polywood shutters are offered in a variety of frame styles to fit easily into your current window trim. If your windows don’t have trim, we also have frame styles available to install right onto the wall around your window to fix your stunning new shutters to your window opening.

Your installer will measure each of your individual windows during your free design consultation to ensure that your window trim is tastefully complemented by the frame of your new shutters.

Where are your shutters made?

Sunburst Shutters Austin is committed to offering a collection of window treatments made right here in the U.S. Our top-selling Polywood plantation shutters are 100% made in America, from the creation of our patented Polywood material to the construction of the shutters themselves. Not only does that mean savings passed on to you from cutting unnecessary shipping and handling costs, it also gives you the bonus of knowing you’re choosing an all-American shutter for your Austin house.

And Polywood isn’t the only shutter that’s from the U.S. Our naturally beautiful Reclaimed Wood shutters are built with lumber harvested from sources across the country, from homespun Southern barn doors to beautiful New England fences and more.

What’s the difference between shutter paints and stains?

The primary difference between painted and stained shutters is how the color interacts with the material of the shutter. Paint sits on the top layer of the material it’s coloring, just coating the surface. Stains on the other hand permeate the shutter, bonding to the natural wood or faux wood material.

Each method comes with its unique benefits. There are usually a larger number of color choices for paints. With stained shutters, the color won’t interfere with the natural wood grain, so you’re able to see the natural knots and bumps of the material without it being hidden by a layer of paint.

For your in-home window design consultation, we’ll bring paint and stain samples straight to you so you can perfectly color match with your existing interior design.

How Long Will It Take To Install Shutters in Austin?

The whole plantation shutter process, from your starting consultation to putting your shutters in, will take around four to six weeks. The reason it takes this long is because our goal is to build shutters that are perfectly customized to every facet of your windows. To do that, we need to take precise measurements, utilize sophisticated software to design them, assemble your custom shutters by hand, and get them to you prior to installation. Shutters made from real wood tend to take longer than faux wood because of the staining and finishing process.

It will take a little time, but it’s absolutely worth the wait.

Do I need to send my shutter measurements to Sunburst?

Sunburst Shutters Austin offers a start to finish shop-at-home experience. We’ll send a representative to your home to measure all your windows, show you your options, and provide a quote. The in-home consultation is absolutely free. That’s the most effective way to start your window treatment project. If you’re only looking for a simple estimate, you can send us the measurements of your windows through our contact form, or give us a call at 512-549-6077.

Do I Need To Remove The Trim Before Installing Shutters?

Whether or not to remove the trim depends on your personal taste. If you want to keep the trim you already have, we can build custom shutters to fit with your current trim. If you prefer our shutter frames, then you can take out the existing trim—but it’s not a necessity. If you want to go without trim or replace your trim, your Sunburst installer can help you choose the best shutter to fit what you have in mind for your space.

Can I Install The Shutters Myself?

If you’re a seasoned handyperson, you might be familiar with some of the process involved in installing shutters. However, taking on DIY shutters might be a tad complex for most Austin homeowners. Our suggestion is to leave the installation to professionals that are certified and insured, that way you won’t be at risk of damaging your shutters, windows, or any other part of your house.

What Are Austin’s Most Popular Shutter Options?

By far our most popular shutter products are our classic white Polywood® plantation shutters, and Ovation® real wood shutters.

As far as shutter options, the most common shutter configuration we sell is a 3 ½” louver, non-textured finish, with a Z-frame. If all that information is confusing, that’s ok. We’ll be delighted to demonstrate what all that means in person. Set up your free home consultation and we’ll help you figure out what will work best in your house.

Should I choose a smooth or wood-grain finish for my shutters?

Smooth finish shutters have a more modern look, whereas textured finish shutters look a little more natural. But the perks to both types of plantation shutter finish go a little bit farther, and ultimately it comes down to your own personal preference.

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Perks of shutters with a smooth finish – A smooth finish to your shutters offer a clean, sleek, fashion-forward look. A smooth finish might be preferable if your home doesn’t have much in the way of wood textured accessories or furniture. A smooth finish makes dust easier to see, compared to a wood grain 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 offers a more natural, wood-like look to your shutters. That’s great if your goal is to bring the look of nature indoors, particularly if you want to match the look of your hardwood flooring. A textured finish on your shutters will also make dust more difficult to see, meaning you don’t have to wipe them down as frequently as you would if they had a smooth finish. A textured finish looks especially great on real wood shutters in Austin.

How many shutter panels do I need for each window?

For the most part, the larger the window, the more shutter panels you’ll need. Our recommendation is to use one panel for windows up to 26” wide, two panels for windows up to 50” wide, and four for windows up to 98” wide.

Single wide panels are not as user-friendly as multiple separate panels. Oftentime, wide panel shutters can’t fit flush against the wall due to their width. Two smaller panels resolve that.

For windows that you might open or shut often, you’re usually better off with multiple panels, since they’re easier to open and get better support from the shutter frame when you do open and shut them.

How much will a window measurement cost?

With Sunburst Shutters Austin, any and all shutter measurements will be done for free by our team as part of your in-home consultation. If you happen to have windows in a difficult to reach place in your home or you have windows with a unique shape, our shutter pros can get you an exact measurement so that your shutters will fit your windows seamlessly.

During your complimentary shutter consultation, your Sunburst Shutters rep will help you choose from our extensive array of Austin plantation shutters, featuring options for louver size, stain colors, and custom mounts and frames.

So schedule your shutter consultation now by calling 512-549-6077 today.

Will you install shutters on a flush window/window short of depth?

Sunburst can assist you in picking the best shutter for your windows, no matter how narrow your frame. We will utilize an outside mount installation that affixes to the trim or wall outside the window opening . Your window treatments will still have the same capabilities and energy efficiency, and will blend superbly with your established decor.

What if I have a disconnected shutter louver?

If the louver is disconnected and jutting from the frame, you probably have a busted louver pin. To mend this you need to remove the pin from both the louver and the stile with some needle-nose pliers or a utility knife. Once the damaged pin is removed, stick the new pin base into the same hole in the shutter stile, then guide the louver onto the pin. To receive extra complementary louver pins, just call us at 512-549-6077.

How much do your shutters cost?

Pricing on plantation shutters hinges on the chosen product line and window area. While we can present you an estimate over the phone, exact prices are determined after our complimentary in-person consultation. Call 512-549-6077 to make an appointment today.

How do you fix a damaged shutter staple?

To start, clear away the damaged staple from the louver with a pair of needle-nose pliers. Then dab on some adhesive (like wood glue or epoxy) to coat the legs of a replacement staple. Thread the staple into the loop on the louver and direct its legs into the existing staple holes on the tilt rod. For replacement shutter staples, call us at 512-549-6077.