Shutters in a dining room

Are DIY Plantation Shutters A Savvy Choice For Your Cleveland House?

January 20, 2016

DIY plantation shutters for your Cleveland house is potentially a smart solution initially. You buy the shutters, and you follow instructions that come with the products.

But DIY plantation shutters are unlike other home improvement projects because there are more than a hundred ways to make vital missteps when mounting plantation shutters. You might measure the window improperly or break something while setting up the shutters. The shutters product will then become inoperable or the material will be ruined. And you’ll have to buy all the parts all over again.

Without the experience, the finishing touches, and the tools, you’re more likely to end up with a mistake. When it comes to DIY plantation shutters, the cost of a mistake is not worth it. Shutter experts explain 5 more reasons why DIY plantation shutters are not a smart choice for your Cleveland home.

1. The Right Shutter Product

The store you buy shutters from may not have the types of products you need. Also, they might not help you in figuring out what works best for a certain room. The shutters that work in the bedroom may not be suitable for the bathroom where they’d be under conditions of high humidity. And don’t forget: not all shutter products fit all windows.

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

2. Different Window Shapes

White arched plantation shutters in blue bedroom

Not all your windows are the same size. And they could even be special shapes, like arched, circle, octagon, and triangle.

Most suppliers and online retailers only have plantation shutters for rectangle windows. They don’t carry specialty shaped shutters because there’s a high likelihood for mistakes 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 mistakes are made the most with DIY plantation shutters.

And even worse, DIY plantation shutters for an odd shaped window might result in shutters that you cannot open and close properly. You might install the shutter in a way that doesn’t allow the louvers to move easily.

Our specialists note the length and width of your window - and all the corners in between. This makes sure that your uniquely shaped plantation shutters fit flawlessly. Then, taking advantage of computer software and relying on 40+ years of experience with window shutters, we build your interior shutters to match your odd shaped windows to a T.

3. Challenging Window Types

Some window have a crank. Others tilt in or slide. 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 window that won’t tilt in and a crank that is not accessible.

Our professionals have seen every window type you can imagine. They’ve set up plantation shutters on bay windows, double hung windows, windows with cranks, French doors, sliding glass doors - you name it! We take care to set up the right plantation shutters in the right louver size so you can easily access your window and adjust your shutters.

4. Attention To Detail

Each one eighth inch, each angle, each piece makes a difference when installing plantation shutters yourself. This means taking every detail into consideration. If the panel is not level and the louvers bind, the window shutters will have big gaps, tightness all over, and limited functionality. These issues can result in irregular wear and tear on shutters. The shutter panels may not even work correctly.

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

Take the stress out of this home improvement project by hiring a team of specialists to mount your plantation shutters in Cleveland, Ohio. Some local stores, like Sunburst Shutters Cleveland, extend you a white glove service. We’ve been setting up plantation shutters for decades. Our professionals are aware of every detail of the mounting process to ensure that your interior shutters are beautifully finished every time - and operate readily. You won’t even have to worry about telling us to wear protective booties over our shoes (or watch for that fancy vase). We treat your home with the same care we bring to your windows.

5. Overall Cost

The main cost of DIY plantation initially seems to be the shutter product only. But the costs of materials to apply the finishing touches, the tools needed, and additional shutters parts add up faster than you think. And that doesn’t even include the physical demands and stress of this project. Can you handle the true cost of DIY plantation shutters?

Hire A Plantation Shutters Specialist In Cleveland, Ohio Today

Shutters professional installing Polywood shutters

When it comes to DIY plantation shutters in Cleveland, it’s a project for the professionals at Sunburst Shutters Cleveland. We’ll drive out to your residence and guide you through the process of selecting the plantation shutters that complement your taste. And we’ll measure your windows so we can fashion your plantation shutters to look stunning and open and close beautifully. Let us take care of all the installation details for you. You’ll love how beautiful your plantation shutters look when we’re done! (And you barely had to lift a finger.)

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