Cleveland's Frequently Asked Questions About Shutters

For more than 17 years, we’ve been asked every question about shutters you can think of from our customers in Cleveland. And we’ve put together 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 hesitate to contact Sunburst Shutters Cleveland directly. We’re here to aid you and happy to do so.

Which Plantation Shutters Should I Get?

That is based on how you want the shutters to relate to your home’s décor. Do you want a shutter that contrasts your wall paint color and has clean lines? Polywood® plantation shutters are ideal for you. Or are you looking to duplicate the wood in your home as closely as possible? Ovation® wood shutters are an absolute fit for you.
Plantation shutters are known for being energy efficient. And to get the most 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. Chances are they will deteriorate over time with the strings snapping and the loops that hold the slats in place falling apart. Not to mention, they are difficult to clean.

Shades offer an array of colors and unique patterns, changing 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 Cleveland neighborhood.

Draperies also are available in a wide variety of color, fabric, and patterns. They are a traditional choice 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, you won’t have to clean draperies for five years.

If you are searching for a window treatment that lasts over 10 years, saves you money on your energy bills, and looks elegant on your windows, shutters are the choice for your home. Not only are shutters durable, but they’re also lovely and energy efficient. Actually, Polywood shutters insulate up to 70% better than an equivalent wood shutter. That’s energy savings you will miss out on with any other window treatment.

No other window treatment gives you control over privacy and light as plantation shutters do. And with their large louvers, Polywood plantation shutters give your space a clean contemporary 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, making sure that each one moves smoothly – and doesn’t get damaged in the process.

But before we start 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 Move the Plantation Shutter Louvers?

Your plantation shutter slats – or louvers – can be moved simply by adjusting them up or down. Most commonly, a tilt rod mounted on the front of the shutters allows you to adjust the louvers. If you would like 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 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 moist cloth.

Should I Go Halfway Up My Window with Plantation Shutters?

A half shutter lets you have 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

Ultimately, 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 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 hindering you from watching TV. And don’t worry about forfeiting any of your view. A 3.5" or 4.5" louver will almost disappear when opened flat and gives you a lot of of a view to look through.

Can I keep my existing window trim if I install shutters?

Yes! There’s a reason to remove or do work on your old window trim when installing new plantation shutters. Natural Ovation wood shutters and patented Polywood shutters can be customized with a variety of frame styles to fit easily into your existing window trim. If your windows are trimless, we offer frame styles to install directly onto the drywall around your window to secure your gorgeous new shutters to your window opening.

Your shutter installer will measure each of your house’s windows during your complimentary design consultation to make sure that your new shutters will fit perfectly with your window trim.

Where are Sunburst Shutters products made?

Sunburst Shutters Cleveland is proud to offer a collection of window treatments made right here in America. Our marquee Polywood plantation shutters are 100% American-made, from the manufacturing of our exclusive Polywood material to the building of the shutters themselves. Not only does that mean savings passed on to you from cutting unnecessary shipping and handling costs, it also gives you the benefit of knowing you’ve chosen an all-American window treatment for your Cleveland home.

And Polywood isn’t alone in hailing from America. Our historic 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.

Whats the difference between painted and stained shutters?

The main difference between painted and stained shutters is the way the shutter material interacts with the color. Paint lays on top of the shutter, covering the surface. Stains conversely, penetrate the shutter, becoming a part of the natural wood or Polywood material.

Both methods come with their individual benefits. There are typically more color options for painted shutters. With stained shutters, the color doesn’t obscure the natural wood grain, so you’re able to see the random grooves and ridges of the material without it being hidden by a layer of paint.

During your in-home window design consultation, we’ll bring samples of our stain and paint options straight to you so you can easily match and complement colors with your existing interior design.

How Long Does It Take To Get Shutters in Cleveland?

The entire plantation shutter process, from your initial consultation to finishing your shutter installation, usually takes around four to six weeks on average. The reason it takes this long is because our goal is to build the perfect shutters for your windows. Doing that requires us to take exact measurements, make use of advanced software to design your shutters, assemble your brand-new shutters manually, and get them to your home for installation. Real wood shutters typically take longer due to the staining and finishing process.

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

Do I need to send Sunburst my shutter measurements?

Sunburst Shutters Cleveland offers a start to finish shop-at-home experience. We typically send a representative to your home to measure all your windows, discuss your options, and give you a quote. The shutter consultation is totally free. That’s the best way to start a window treatment project. If you’re only looking for a simple estimate, you can give us the measurements of your windows either by phone or through our contact form.

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

Whether or not to remove the trim depends on your own taste. If you want to keep your existing trim, we can build your shutters to complement your current trim. If you like our shutter frames better, then you can take out the existing trim—but it’s not a requirement. If you’re trying to go trimless or replace your trim, your Sunburst installer can help you find the best option to fit the vision you have in mind for your windows.

Can I DIY Install Shutters?

If you’re an experienced handyperson, you’re probably familiar with some of the process involved in a shutter installation. However, installing shutters yourself can be a tad complicated for most Cleveland homeowners. Our recommendation is to leave the installation to our certified and insured professionals, that way you won’t risk damage to your shutters, your windows, or any other part of your home.

What Are Sunbursts Most Popular Shutter Options?

By far our most in-demand shutter options are our classic white Polywood® faux wood plantation shutters, and Ovation® hardwood shutters.

More specifically, the most common shutter configuration features includes a 3 ½” louver, non-textured finish, with an interior-mount Z-frame. If all that information is confusing, that’s ok. We’ll be delighted to demonstrate what all those things mean in person. Set up a complimentary home consultation and we’ll help you find what will work best in your home.

Should I choose a smooth or wood-grain finish for my shutters?

Shutters with a smooth finish tend to look more fashionable and suave, while shutters with a textured finish look a bit more historic. However the perks to each style of plantation shutter finish are a little deeper, and in the end it comes down to your own personal preference.

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Benefits of shutters with a smooth finish – A smooth finish to your shutters offer a clean, sleek, fashion-forward look. If you don’t have many 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 textured finish. We usually recommend a smooth finish for faux wood shutters like Polywood.

Benefits of shutters with a textured or wood grain finish – Shutters with a textured finish offer a more natural look to your windows. That’s perfect if your goal is to bring the look of nature inside, particularly if you want to accentuate the look of your hardwood flooring. A wood grain on your shutters may also make it harder 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 Cleveland.

How many shutter panels do I need for each window?

For the most part, the larger the window, the more shutter panels you’ll want. Our recommendation is to use one panel for windows up to 26 inches wide, two panels for windows up to 50 inches wide, and four for windows up to 98 inches wide.

Single wide panels are not as room-friendly as multiple panels. Sometimes, wider panels won’t fit flush against the wall because of their width. Two smaller panels resolve that.

For any windows that you’ll open or shut often, you’re usually better off with multi-panel shutters, since they’re easier to open and have additional support from the frame when you do operate them.

How much will it cost to have my windows measured?

With Sunburst Shutters Cleveland, any and all window measurements will be done by one of our installers for free as part of your in-home consultation. Even if your window is in a difficult to reach area of your house or has a unique shape, our shutter experts can get you a precise measurement so that the shutters you get will perfectly match up with your windows.

At your complimentary shutter consultation, your Sunburst Shutters expert will help you pick from our wide variety of Cleveland plantation shutters, including choices for louver size, stains, and custom mounts and frames.

So set up your shutter consultation now by calling 440-561-6787 today.

Will you install shutters on a flush window/window lacking depth?

Sunburst can assist you in picking the perfect shutter for your home, no matter how narrow your frame. We will work with an outside mount installation that affixes to the trim or wall outside the window cavity . Your window treatments will still have equivalent performance and energy efficiency, and will integrate superbly with other window treatments.

What if I have a hanging shutter louver?

If the louver is disconnected and hanging from the frame, you likely have a broken louver pin. To fix this you will want to take out the pin from both the louver and the stile with a pair of needle-nose pliers or a utility knife. Once the pin is removed, stick the replacement pin base into the old hole in the shutter stile, then direct the louver onto the pin. To receive extra louver pins for free, just call us at 440-561-6787.

How much do your shutters cost?

Actual prices of plantation shutters hinges on the desired product line and window dimensions. While we can offer you a projection over the phone, exact prices are offered after our free in-person consultation. Call 440-561-6787 to ask for an appointment today.

How do you fix a cracked shutter staple?

First, clear away the damaged staple away from the louver with some of needle-nose pliers. Then apply 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 slide its legs into the same staple holes on the tilt rod. For new shutter staples, call us at 440-561-6787.