Philadelphia's Frequently Asked Questions About Shutters

For more than 24 years, we’ve received every question about shutters thinkable from our customers in Philadelphia. And we’ve gathered 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 be reluctant to contact Sunburst Shutters Philadelphia directly. We’re here to help you and happy to do so.

Which Plantation Shutters Should I Buy?

That is based 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 perfect 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 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 Best 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 snapping and the loops that hold the slats in place falling apart. Not to mention, they might be troublesome to clean.

Shades offer an assortment of colors and unique patterns, transforming your window into artwork. Just by pulling up the fabric of the shade, your full window is exposed and you can see out onto your Philadelphia 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 gives you light and temperature block-out capabilities. And unlike other window treatments, you won’t have to clean draperies for five years.

If you want a window treatment that lasts more than 10 years, saves you actual bucks on your energy bills, and looks magnificent on your windows, shutters are the choice for your home. Not only are shutters durable, but they’re also elegant and energy efficient. In fact, Polywood shutters insulate up to 70% better than an equivalent wood shutter. That’s energy savings you won’t find with any other window treatment.

Plantation shutters are unparalleled when it comes to control over privacy and light. And with their large louvers, Polywood plantation shutters give your room 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 tough to open and can get damaged easily. We have a professional installation crew that comes to your home and installs your window treatment with great accuracy, ensuring that each one functions smoothly – and doesn’t get damaged throughout.

But before we get to 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 Clean My Plantation Shutters?

Plantation shutters are a piece of cake 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 damp cloth.

Should I Go Halfway Up My Window with Plantation Shutters?

A half shutter gives 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 right look for a plantation shutter?

Cafe Shutters Cafe Style Shutters With Divider

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 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. It’s also convenient during the day when the sun is hindering 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 abundant space to look through.

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

Absolutely! There’s almost never a need to remove or make alterations to your existing window trim when you buy new plantation shutters. Natural Ovation wood shutters and deluxe Polywood shutters are available in an array of frame styles to fit easily into your existing window trim. If your windows have no trim, we offer frame styles to install directly onto the drywall around your window to fix your beautiful new shutters to your window opening.

Your shutter installer will measure each of your house’s windows during your free design consultation to make sure that your window trim is beautifully complemented by the frame of your new window treatment.

Where are Sunburst Shutters products made?

Sunburst Shutters Philadelphia is happy to provide a collection of window coverings made right here in the U.S. Polywood plantation shutters are not only America’s #1-selling shutter, but they’re 100% made in America. Not only does that result in savings passed on to you from cutting unnecessary shipping and handling costs, it also gives you the perk of knowing you’ve chosen an all-American window treatment for your Philadelphia home.

And it’s not just Polywood that’s from the U.S.A. Our stunning Reclaimed Wood shutters are built using lumber harvested from places across the country, from homespun Southern barn doors to beautiful New England fences and more.

Whats the difference between painted and stained shutters?

The primary divide between a shutter that’s stained or painted is how the shutter material interacts with the color. Paint lays on the top layer of the shutter, just coating the surface. Stains on the other hand permeate the shutter, becoming a part of the natural wood or Polywood material.

The two color options have their own unique benefits. There are usually more color options for paints. With stained shutters, the color won’t obscure the natural wood grain, so you can see the random grooves and bumps of the material without it being hidden by a layer of paint.

When it comes time for your in-home shutter consultation, we’ll bring samples of our stain and paint options directly to your home so you can perfectly color match with your existing interior design.

How Long Does It Take To Install Shutters in Philadelphia?

The complete plantation shutter process, from your starting consultation to putting your shutters in, usually takes about four to six weeks. The process takes this long because our goal is to build 100% custom shutters for your windows. Doing that requires us to take precise measurements, make use of advanced software to design them, assemble your custom shutters by hand, and get them to your home for installation. Real wood shutters tend to take longer than faux wood due to the extra steps needed to stain and treat the wood.

It will take some time, but it’s an investment that’s definitely worth it.

Do I need to send you my shutter measurements?

Sunburst Shutters Philadelphia offers a start to finish shop-at-home experience. So we send a representative to your home to take precise measurements of your windows, walk you through your options, and give you a quote. The design consultation is absolutely free. That’s the most effective way to start your shutter project. If you only need a rough estimate, you can give us your window measurements either by phone or through our contact form.

Do I Need To Remove My Trim Before Putting In Shutters?

That’s up to your personal taste. If you want to keep the trim you already have, we’re able to build your shutters to complement your current trim. If you like our shutter frames better, then you can remove the trim—but it’s not a requirement. If you’re trying to go trimless or replace your trim, we can help you pick the right option to fit your perfect vision.

Can I DIY Install Shutters?

If you’re an experienced handyman, you’re probably familiar with what goes into installing shutters. However, DIY shutters may be a little tricky for most Philadelphia residents. We would suggest leaving the installation to professionals that are certified and insured, so you won’t risk damage to your shutters, windows, or anything else in your home.

What Are Philadelphias Most Popular Shutter Options?

By far our most in-demand shutter options 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, and a Z-frame. If those words don’t mean anything to you, that’s ok. We’d be delighted to demonstrate what all that means in person. Set up a free home consultation and we’ll help you figure out what would look best on your windows.

Whats better for shutters: a smooth finish or wood-grain finish?

Shutters with a smooth finish tend to look more fashionable and suave, while textured finish shutters look more natural and historic. But the benefits to each style of plantation shutter finish are a little deeper, and ultimately it comes down to your own taste.

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Benefits of shutters with a smooth finish – A smooth finish to your shutters give you a clean, chic, modern look. If your home doesn’t have any other wood surfaces like hardwood floors or furniture, you might not want a smooth finish. A smooth finish makes dust easier to see, in comparison with a wood grain finish. We usually recommend a smooth finish for faux wood shutters like Polywood.

Benefits of shutters with a wood grain finish – Shutters with a textured finish offer a more natural look in your home. That’s awesome if your goal is to bring the look of nature inside, particularly if you want to complement the look of your hardwood floors. A textured finish on your shutter louvers will also make it more difficult to see dust, meaning you can wait a little longer between regular cleanings. A wood-grain finish looks especially great on real wood shutters in Philadelphia.

Whats the best number of shutter panels for each window?

Typically, the larger the window, the more shutter panels you’ll want on it. The most ideal layout is to use a single 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 aren’t as room-friendly as multiple panels. Oftentime, wider panels can’t fit flush against the wall because of their size. Two smaller panels don’t have that same issue.

For windows that you may want to open or shut regularly, you’re usually better off with multi-panel shutters, since it’s easier to open them and they have better support from the shutter frame when you do operate them.

How much will a shutter measurement cost?

With Sunburst Shutters Philadelphia, all of your window measurements will be done for free by one of our installers as part of your in-home consultation. If you happen to have windows in a difficult to reach area of your home or you have windows with a unique shape, our installers can get you an accurate measurement so that the shutters you get will perfectly match up with your windows.

At your complimentary in-home consultation, your Sunburst Shutters rep will help you pick from our extensive array of Philadelphia plantation shutters, including choices for finish, stains, and custom mounts and frames.

So set up your shutter consultation now by calling 215-874-4897 today.

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

Sunburst can help you pick the ideal shutter for your rooms, despite how small your frame. We will utilize an outside mount installation that attaches to the trim or wall outside the window pane . Your window treatments will still have the same capabilities and energy efficiency, and will tie in perfectly into your design scheme.

What if I have a broken shutter louver?

If the louver is disconnected and drooping from the frame, you could have a broken louver pin. To fix this you should extract the pin from both the louver and the stile with a set of needle-nose pliers or a utility knife. Once the pin is taken out, stick the replacement pin base into the same hole in the shutter stile, then guide the louver onto the pin. To get additional louver pins at no cost, just call us at 215-874-4897.

How much do your shutters cost?

Actual prices of plantation shutters hinges on the chosen product line and window measurements. While we can give you a basic quote over the phone, complete costs are computed after our free in-person consultation. Call 215-874-4897 to make an appointment today.

How do you repair a damaged shutter staple?

First, remove the broken staple from the louver with a pair of needle-nose pliers. Then dab on some adhesive (like wood glue or epoxy) to spread all over the legs of a replacement staple. weave the staple into the loop on the louver and guide its legs into the previous staple holes on the tilt rod. For new shutter staples, call us at 215-874-4897.