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Sacramento's Frequently Asked Questions About Shutters

For more than 28 years, we’ve heard every question about shutters imaginable from our customers in Sacramento. And we’ve gathered 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 Sacramento directly. We’re here to aid you and happy to do so.

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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.

For the budget-conscious, blinds can be temporary window treatments to cover your windows. Store-bought blinds tend to deteriorate over time, with its strings giving way and the loops that hold the slats in place falling apart. And they are difficult to clean. Even if you're budget-conscious, Sunburst Shutters blinds have the durability and craftsmanship lacking in off-the-rack, store-bought, or online blinds.

Shades offer an assortment of colors, materials, 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 Sacramento neighborhood.

Draperies also are available in a wide assortment 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 are searching for a window treatment that lasts beyond 10 years, saves you real dollars 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. Actually, 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 in vogue feel whether they’re closed or open.

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 functions seamlessly – and doesn’t get damaged throughout.

But before we begin 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.

Your plantation shutter slats – or louvers – can be moved effortlessly by adjusting them up or down. Most commonly, a tilt rod mounted on the front of the shutters gives you control over the louvers. 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.

Our Polywood shutters last over 50 years – more than any other shutter on the market. That’s why these plantation shutters are a permanent fixture that boosts your home’s resale value. Learn more about the durability of our 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. Gently tilt them open and dust them like furniture – or wipe smudges with a wet cloth.

Plantation shutters are custom built to fit your windows exactly. They become a permanent fixture of your home, increasing its resale value. These shutters cannot be moved from one house to another.

Plantation shutters are an investment that allows temperature control, energy efficiency, and privacy. They are custom manufactured and installed on your windows to become permanent fixtures. Not only are they charming and energy saving, but plantation shutters also increase the value of your home. We’ve seen it first hand in Sacramento!

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 well-rounded look – and allowing you to close the bottom louvers for privacy while leaving the top louvers open for light. At night, you have the option of closing the top louvers as well for privacy and security. It’s also convenient 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 abundant room to look through.

Easy! Call us at 916-665-0078 or fill out the form below to schedule your free in-home consultation, and we’ll guide you from there. We come out to your home to measure the windows you want to shutter and bring samples of all of our shutter products and their available options. This way we can provide you with the most accurate shutter estimate for your project. Schedule your in-home consultation today!

Yes! There’s almost never 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 also have frame styles available to install directly onto the wall around your window to fix your stunning 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 new shutters will fit gorgeously with your window trim.

Sunburst Shutters Sacramento is happy to provide a collection of window treatments 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 shutter for your Sacramento home.

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

The main divide between painted and stained shutters is the way the color interacts with the shutter material. 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.

During your in-home window design consultation, our team will bring samples of our stain and paint options directly to your home so you can perfectly match and complement colors with your existing interior design.

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 100% custom shutters for your windows. Doing that requires us to take exact measurements, utilize sophisticated software to design them, assemble your custom shutters manually, and get 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.

We offer a total shop-at-home experience. We typically send one of our reps to you to get window measurements, 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 through our contact form, or give us a call at 916-665-0078.
Whether or not to remove the trim depends on your own taste. 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 pick the right shutter to fit the vision you have in mind for your windows.

If you’re a seasoned handyman, you’re probably familiar with some of the process involved in installing shutters. However, DIY shutters may be a tad 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 any other part of your home.

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

More specifically, the most popular shutter configuration features includes a 3.5” louver, non-textured finish, with an interior-mount Z-frame. If those words don’t mean anything to you, 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.

Smooth finish shutters tend to look more fashionable and sophisticated, whereas textured finish shutters look a little more natural. 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, modern look. A smooth finish may be preferable if your home doesn’t have much in the way of wood textured surfaces or furniture. 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, somewhat historic look to your shutters. That’s awesome if you’re trying 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 may also make dust harder to see, which means you won’t need to wipe them down as often as you would if they had a smooth finish. A wood-grain finish looks especially great on real wood shutters in Sacramento.

For the most part, the larger the window, 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 smaller panels solve that problem.

For windows that you’ll 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 open and shut them.

With Sunburst Shutters Sacramento, any and all window measurements will be done for free by our team 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 shutter pros 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, such as choices for panel width, stain colors, and custom framing options.

So set up your in-home consultation now by calling 916-665-0078 today.

Sunburst can help you find the perfect shutter for your rooms, despite how narrow your frame. We will utilize an outside mount installation that affixes 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.
If the louver is separated and jutting from the frame, you probably have a busted louver pin. To mend this you will want to extract the pin from both the louver and the stile with some needle-nose pliers or a utility knife. Once the damaged pin is withdrawn, stick the undamaged pin base into the old hole in the shutter stile, then direct the louver onto the pin. To receive additional louver pins for free, just call us at 916-665-0078.
Actual prices of plantation shutters hinges on the selected product line and window measurements. While we can present you a basic quote over the phone, detailed quotes are offered after our free in-person consultation. Call 916-665-0078 to ask for an appointment today.
First, remove the snapped staple out of the louver with a pair of needle-nose pliers. Then apply 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 916-665-0078.
Polywood shutters are known as some of the safest window coverings in Sacramento.  The cord-free, durable craftsmanship is safe for pets and kids.  The toxin-free and hypoallergenic paint and materials will never chip or peel.  And because Polywood is pest and water resistant, you won’t have to worry about termites, mold or wood rot.