Are DIY Plantation Shutters A Good Choice For Your Gainesville Home?

Eric Ramsey

DIY plantation shutters for your Gainesville home may seem like a savvy plan at first. You buy the shutters, and you start mounting them according to the steps listed in the accompanying pamphlet.

But the biggest issue is that, unlike other home improvement projects, there’s 100 ways to end up with vital blunders when mounting plantation shutters. You might measure the window improperly or break something while installing the shutters. The shutters will then become inoperable or the material will be ruined. And you’ll have to order all the pieces all over again.

Without the finishing touches, the tools, and the experience, you’re more likely to commit a mistake. Where DIY plantation shutters are concerned, the cost of a mistake outweighs any benefits. Here are 5 more reasons why DIY plantation shutters are not a savvy plan for your Gainesville house.

1. The Right Shutter Product

The vendor you order shutters from may not have the types of products you need. And, they may not aid you in figuring out the best shutters for a particular room. Interior shutters that work in the dining room may not work in the bathroom where they’d be exposed to high humidity. And don’t forget: not all shutters fit all windows.

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

2. Different Window Shapes

Bedroom with blue paint and white plantation shutters

The windows in your home may be different sizes. And they may even be odd shapes, such as octagon, triangle, arched, and circle.

Most vendors and online stores only offer plantation shutters for rectangle windows. They won’t carry specialty shaped shutters because there’s a great chance for mistakes in measurement. If they do have them and your measurements are wrong, the shutters will be too big. This is where it’s easy to make mistakes with DIY plantation shutters.

And what’s worse, DIY plantation shutters for an odd shaped window may lead to shutters that you cannot open and close as they should. There’s a chance you could install the shutter in a way that doesn’t allow the louvers to tilt easily.

Our experts note the length and width of your window - and all the angles in between. This ensures that your uniquely shaped plantation shutters fit perfectly. Then, using advanced computer software and technology and relying on more than 35 of experience with window shutters, we craft your interior shutters to complement your specialty shaped windows flawlessly.

3. Challenging Window Types

Some windows tilt in or slide. Others use a crank. If you do not leave enough clearance between the window and the shutter panels when mounting your DIY plantation shutters, you’ll be stuck with a crank that is not accessible and a window that won’t tilt in.

Our professionals have seen every type of window. They’ve set up plantation shutters on bay windows, double hung windows, windows with cranks, French doors, sliding glass doors - and more! We take care to install the right indoor shutters in the louver size you need so that you can use your shutters - and window - effectively.

4. Attention To Detail

Each one eighth inch, each angle, each piece is pivotal when mounting plantation shutters yourself. You’ll want to pay close attention to all the details. If the panel is not level and the louvers bind, you end up with window shutters that have big gaps, tightness all over, and limited functionality. These problem points can result in unusual wear and tear on shutters. Not to mention, the shutter panels might not operate smoothly.

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

Minimize the stress that goes into this home improvement project by hiring a team of specialists to set up your plantation shutters in Gainesville, FL. A few local stores, like Sunburst Shutters Gainesville, extend you a white glove service. We’ve been installing plantation shutters for decades. Our specialists attend to each and every detail of the installation process to make sure that your indoor shutters are stunning every time - and work effortlessly. You won’t even have to worry about telling us to watch for that fancy vase (or to wear protective booties over our shoes). We treat your house with the same level of care we show 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 fast. And that doesn’t even include the physical demands and stress of this project. Can you afford the entire cost of DIY plantation shutters?

Hire A Plantation Shutters Specialist In Gainesville, FL Today

Sunburst Shutters professional installing plantation shutters

When it comes to DIY plantation shutters in Gainesville, it’s a a project for the specialists at Sunburst Shutters Gainesville. We’ll visit your house and explain the process of selecting the plantation shutters that go with your color scheme. And we’ll measure your windows precisely so we can craft your indoor shutters to look stunning and open and close beautifully. We’ll worry about all the installation details for you. You’ll love how stunning your plantation shutters look when we’re done! (And you didn’t even have to lift a finger.)

Call us at 813-602-5966 or fill out the form below to schedule your free in-home consultation today!