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Are DIY Plantation Shutters A Savvy Idea For Your Philadelphia House?

January 20, 2016

DIY plantation shutters for your Philadelphia home might seem like a smart plan initially. You purchase the shutters, and you start mounting them according to the steps listed in the accompanying pamphlet.

But the biggest issue is that, unlike other home improvement projects, there’s 100 ways to commit vital mistakes when installing plantation shutters. You could measure the window inaccurately or damage something while mounting the shutters. The shutters product will then be ruined or become inoperable. And you end up having to purchase all the pieces all over again.

Without the finishing touches, the tools, and the experience, you’re more likely to make a mistake. When it comes to DIY plantation shutters, the cost of a mistake is not worth it. Here are 5 more reasons why DIY plantation shutters are not a savvy plan for your Philadelphia home.

1. The Right Shutter Product

The retailer you order shutters from is doubtful to have the products you need. And, they might not help you in determining what works best for a certain room. Interior shutters that work in the dining room may not work in the bathroom where they’d be exposed to high humidity. And don’t forget: not all interior shutters fit all windows.

Our specialists help you choose the right products with the right options and the right frame so they last a lifetime. We proudly present you with these top rated plantation shutters: Polywood® shutters (the best-selling plantation shutters in the nation) and Ovation® shutters (five star rated wood shutters).

2. Different Window Shapes

Arched plantation shutters in contemporary bedroom

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

Most suppliers and online retailers only carry plantation shutters for rectangle shaped windows. They don’t offer specialty shaped shutters because there’s a great chance 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 could result in shutters that don’t open and close properly. You could also set up the shutter in a way that doesn’t give the louvers space to move easily.

Our specialists measure the length and width of your window - and every angle in between. This ensures that your uniquely shaped plantation shutters fit flawlessly. Then, taking advantage of state-of-the-art computer software and relying on more than 40 of experience, we make your plantation shutters to fit your specialty shaped windows to a T.

3. Challenging Window Types

Some windows slide or tilt in. Others have a crank. If you forget to leave enough clearance between the shutter panels and the window 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 experts have seen the spectrum of window types out there. They’ve installed shutters on bay windows, double hung windows, windows with cranks, French doors, sliding glass doors - you name it! We set up the right window shutters in the louver size you need to effectively operate your shutters.

4. Attention To Detail

Each one eighth inch, each angle, each piece matters when installing plantation shutters yourself. So keep an eye out for 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 result in irregular damage on shutters. The shutter panels may not even work correctly.

If the DIY plantation shutters are not mounted squarely, it’s possible that too much pressure can build up from the weight and the usage. And this might lead to the shutters breaking.

Minimize the stress that goes into this home improvement project by hiring specialists to install your plantation shutters in Philadelphia, PA. A handful of local stores, like Sunburst Shutters Philadelphia, present you with a white glove service. We’ve been setting up plantation shutters for 40+ years. Our specialists take care of each detail of the installation process so that your interior shutters are beautifully finished 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 house with the same attention we show your windows.

5. Overall Cost

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

Hire A Plantation Shutters Specialist In Philadelphia, PA Today

Professional installation of Polywood shutters

Where DIY plantation shutters are concerned in Philadelphia, it’s a project for the specialists at Sunburst Shutters Philadelphia. We’ll visit your residence and walk you through the process of choosing the plantation shutters that match your decor. And we’ll note the measurements of your windows precisely so we can craft your indoor shutters to look stunning 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! (And you barely had to lift a finger.)

Call 215-874-4897 or fill out the form below to schedule your free in-home consultation today!