Sacramento's Frequently Asked Questions About Shutters

For more than 25 years, we’ve heard every question about shutters you can think of from our customers in Sacramento. And we’ve put together the top ten of them here. Maybe 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 Sacramento directly. We’re here to help you and happy to do so.

Which Plantation Shutters Should I Use?

That hinges on how you want 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 greatest energy savings, our Polywood Shutter Insulation System is the only choice.

Why Are Shutters the Most Sought After 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 snapping and the loops that hold the slats in place falling apart. And they are difficult to clean.

Shades offer an assortment of colors and unique patterns, changing your window into artwork. By effortlessly pulling up the fabric of the shade, your entire window is exposed and you can see out onto your Sacramento neighborhood.

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

If you want a window treatment that lasts over 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 beautiful and energy efficient. As a matter of fact, Polywood shutters insulate up to 70% better than a similar wood shutter. That’s energy savings you won’t find 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 space a clean modern feel whether they’re closed or open.

How Are Shutters Installed on My Windows?

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

But before we begin installing your shutters, we bring shutter samples to your home so we can custom design 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 effortlessly by pushing them up or down. Most commonly, a tilt rod mounted on the front of the shutters gives you control over the louvers. If you want to move the louvers with your hand, we suggest buying shutters with hidden tilt-rods or rear-mounted tilt rods. This gives your shutters a clean, contemporary look.

How Do I Clean My Plantation Shutters?

Plantation shutters are easy to clean because they have large louvers and their tilt bars are either hidden or mounted on the rear. Gently 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 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 ideal 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 polished look – and giving you the option to 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 more than enough room to look through.

Will I be able to keep my existing window trim if I install shutters?

Yes! There’s a need to get rid of or do work on your existing window trim when you buy new plantation shutters. Natural Ovation wood shutters and patented Polywood shutters are available in an array of frame styles to fit naturally into your existing window trim. If your windows don’t have trim, we offer frame styles to install directly onto the wall around your window to fix your gorgeous new shutters to your window opening.

Your installer will measure each of your home’s windows during your complimentary design consultation to ensure that your window trim is beautifully complemented by the frame of your new shutters.

Where are Sunburst Shutters products made?

Sunburst Shutters Sacramento is happy to provide a collection of shutters 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 a lower final price without unnecessary shipping and handling costs, it also gives you the bonus of knowing you’ve chosen an all-American window treatment for your Sacramento home.

And Polywood isn’t alone in hailing from the U.S.A. Our historic Reclaimed Wood shutters are constructed with lumber gathered from places across the country, from rustic Midwest barn doors to beautiful New England fences and more.

Whats the difference between painted and stained shutters?

The main difference between paints and stains for shutters is the way the shutter material interacts with the color. Paint lays on the top layer of the shutter, just coating the surface. Stains conversely, permeate the shutter, bonding to the natural wood or Polywood material.

Each method comes with its unique benefits. There tend to be more 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 grooves and ridges of the material without it being hidden by a layer of paint.

When it comes time for your in-home window design consultation, our team will bring samples of our stain and paint options right to your door so you can perfectly match and complement colors with your existing interior design.

How Long Does It Take To Get Shutters in Sacramento?

The entire plantation shutter process, from your initial consultation to putting your shutters in, usually takes around four to six weeks on average. The process takes this long because we strive to build the perfect shutters for your windows. Doing that requires us to take exact measurements, utilize sophisticated software to design them, assemble your custom shutters manually, and deliver them to you prior to installation. Wood shutters tend to take longer because of the extra steps needed to stain and treat the wood.

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

Do I need to send Sunburst my shutter measurements?

Sunburst Shutters Sacramento offers a complete shop-at-home experience. We’ll send a representative to your home to measure all your windows, show you your options, and give you a quote. The in-home consultation is 100% free. That’s the most effective way to start a shutter project. If you only want a ballpark estimate, you can submit your window measurements either by phone or through our contact form.

Do I Need To Remove The Trim Before Installing Shutters?

Whether or not to remove the trim depends on your personal style. If you want to keep the trim you already have, we’re able to build your shutters to fit with your current trim. If you like our shutter frames better, then removing trim is fine—but it is not a requirement for shutters. If you’re trying to go trimless or replace your trim, your Sunburst installer can help you choose the right shutter to fit your perfect vision.

Can I Install The Shutters Myself?

If you’re a seasoned DIYer, you’re probably familiar with some of the process involved in installing shutters. However, DIY shutters may be a bit complex for most Sacramento residents. Our recommendation is to leave the installation to our certified and insured professionals, so you won’t be at risk of damaging your shutters, your windows, or injuring yourself.

What Are Sacramentos Most Popular Shutter Options?

Far and away our most popular shutter offerings are our classic white Polywood® faux wood plantation shutters, and Ovation® wood shutters.

As far as shutter options, the most popular shutter configuration features includes a 3.5” louver, non-textured finish, with an interior-mount Z-frame. If none of that makes any sense, that’s ok. We’ll be delighted to demonstrate what all those things mean in person. Set up your complimentary in-home consultation and we’ll show you what would work best in your space.

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

Smooth finish shutters have a more modern look, whereas textured finish shutters look a bit more historic. However the perks to both types of plantation shutter finish are a little deeper, and in the end 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 solid, chic, sophisticated look. If your home doesn’t have many other wood surfaces like hardwood floors or furniture, you may not want a smooth finish. A smooth finish makes dust easier to see, in comparison with a textured finish. We usually recommend a smooth finish for faux wood shutters like Polywood.

Perks of a wood grain finish for shutters – A textured finish on your shutters gives you a more natural, rustic look to your shutters. That’s perfect if your goal is to bring the look of nature inside, especially if you want to complement the look of your hardwood flooring. A wood grain on your shutter louvers will also make dust harder to see, which means you can wait a little longer between regular cleanings. A wood-grain finish looks especially great on real wood shutters in Sacramento.

How many shutter panels do I need for each window?

For the most part, the bigger your window is, the more shutter panels you’ll want on it. Our recommendation 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 separate panels. Oftentime, wider panels won’t fit flush against the wall because of their width. Multiple small panels solve that problem.

For windows that you may open or shut often, you’ll be better suited with multiple panels, since they’re easier to open and have better support from the shutter frame when you do operate them.

How much will it cost to have my windows measured for shutters?

With Sunburst Shutters Sacramento, any and all measurements for shutters will be done by one of our installers for free as part of your in-home consultation. Even if your window is in a hard to reach place in your house or has a unique shape, our installers can get you an accurate measurement so that your shutters will line up just right with the windows.

At your free in-home consultation, your Sunburst Shutters expert can help you narrow down your options from our extensive array of Sacramento plantation shutters, featuring choices for panel width, stain colors, and custom framing options.

So set up your in-home consultation now by calling 916-250-0758 today.

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

Sunburst can help you find the ideal shutter for your rooms, no matter how thin your frame. We will utilize an outside mount installation that attaches to the trim or wall outside the window cavity . Your window treatments will still have equivalent capabilities and energy efficiency, and will tie in superbly into your design scheme.

What if I have a broken shutter louver?

If the louver is separated and jutting from the frame, you probably have a broken louver pin. To mend this you will want to extract the pin from both the louver and the stile with a pair of needle-nose pliers or a utility knife. Once the damaged pin is withdrawn, insert the undamaged pin base into the old hole in the shutter stile, then direct the louver onto the pin. To receive additional louver pins at no cost, just call us at 916-250-0758.

How much do your shutters cost?

Actual prices of plantation shutters hinges on the selected product line and window dimensions. While we can present you an estimate over the phone, detailed quotes are offered after our no cost in-person consultation. Call 916-250-0758 to ask for an appointment today.

How do you fix a damaged shutter staple?

First, pull out the snapped staple out of the louver with a pair of needle-nose pliers. Then use some adhesive (like wood glue or epoxy) to cover the legs of a replacement staple. guide the staple through the loop on the louver and direct its legs into the same staple holes on the tilt rod. For replacement shutter staples, call us at 916-250-0758.