Gainesville’s Frequently Asked Questions About Shutters

For more than 27 years, we’ve heard every question about shutters imaginable from our customers in Gainesville. And we’ve collected the top ten of them here. Perhaps in these questions and answers you’ll find answers to questions of your own. If not, please don’t wait to contact Sunburst Shutters Gainesville directly. We’re here to aid you and happy to do so.

Which Plantation Shutters Should I Pick?

That depends 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 match the wood in your home as closely as possible? Ovation® wood shutters are the ultimate fit for you.
 
Plantation shutters are recognized for being energy efficient. And to get maximum energy savings, our Polywood Shutter Insulation System is the only choice.

Why Are Shutters the Most Wanted 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 a variety of colors and unique patterns, changing your window into artwork. By simply pulling up the fabric of the shade, your whole window is exposed and you can see out onto your Gainesville neighborhood.

Draperies also are available in a wide spectrum of color, fabric, and patterns. They are a traditional choice for a window treatment. Installing thick panels between the drapes and the window provides you with light and temperature block-out capabilities. And unlike other window treatments, there’s no need to clean draperies for five years.

If you’re looking for a window treatment that lasts over 10 years, saves you real dollars on your energy bills, and looks lovely on your windows, shutters are the choice for your home. Not only are shutters durable, but they’re also exquisite 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 can’t get 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 contemporary feel whether they’re closed or open.

How Are Shutters Installed on My Windows?

An inappropriately installed window treatment can be challenging to open and can get damaged easily. We have an expert installation crew that comes to your home and installs your window treatment just right, making sure that each one functions flawlessly – and doesn’t get damaged throughout.

But before we get to installing your shutters, we bring shutter samples to your home so we can custom craft 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. Usually, 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 or rear-mounted tilt rods. This gives your shutters a clean, contemporary feel.

How Do I Clean My Plantation Shutters?

Plantation shutters are a breeze 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 damp cloth.

Should I Go Halfway Up My Window with Plantation Shutters?

A half shutter allows 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 appropriate look for a plantation shutter?

Cafe Shutters Cafe Style Shutters With Divider

What it comes down to is 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 fully finished look – and allowing you 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 preventing 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 of a view to look through.

Will I be able to keep my existing window trim when I put in shutters?

Absolutely! There’s almost never a need to take out or do work on your existing window trim when you buy new plantation shutters. Natural Ovation wood shutters and deluxe Polywood shutters are offered in an array of frame styles to fit seamlessly into your current 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 Sunburst Shutters installation team will measure each of your home’s windows during your free design consultation to make sure that your window trim is tastefully complemented by the frame of your new window treatment.

Where are Sunburst Shutters’ products made?

Sunburst Shutters Gainesville is happy to provide a range of window coverings made right here in the U.S.A. Polywood plantation shutters are not only America’s #1-selling shutter, but they’re 100% made in America. Not only does that result in saving you money on unnecessary shipping and handling costs, it also gives you the bonus of knowing you’re choosing an all-American window treatment for your Gainesville home.

And Polywood isn’t alone in hailing from America. Our historic Reclaimed Wood shutters are constructed using lumber harvested from sources across the country, from homespun Southern barn doors to beautiful New England fences and more.

What’s the difference between painted and stained shutters?

The main differentiator between a shutter that’s stained or painted is how the shutter material interacts with the color. Paint sits on the top layer of the shutter, just coating the surface. Stains conversely, permeate the shutter, becoming a part of the natural wood or faux wood material.

Both methods come with their individual benefits. There are typically more color options for painted shutters. With stained shutters, the color doesn’t lie over the natural wood grain, so you can see the random knots and bumps of the material without it being hidden by a layer of paint.

For your in-home shutter consultation, we’ll bring samples of all our color options right to your door so you can easily color match with your existing interior design.

How Long Does It Take To Get Shutters in Gainesville?

The complete plantation shutter process, beginning with your initial consultation through installing the shutters, usually takes about four to six weeks on average. The process takes this long because we want to build shutters that are completely customized to your windows. To do that, we need to take exact measurements, make use of advanced software to design your shutters, assemble your brand-new shutters manually, and ship them to your home for installation. Wood shutters typically take longer than Polywood due to the extra steps needed to stain and treat the wood.

It does take some time, but it’s an investment that’s well worth it.

Do I need to send you my shutter measurements?

Sunburst Shutters Gainesville offers a total shop-at-home experience. We typically send one of our reps to you to take precise measurements of your windows, walk you through your options, and provide an accurate quote. The design consultation is totally free. That’s the simplest way to start your shutter project. If you’re just looking for a quick estimate, you can send us the measurements of your windows 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 own taste. If you want to keep your existing trim, we can build your shutters to match your current trim. If you like our shutter frames better, then you can remove the trim—but it is not a requirement for shutters. If you want to go without trim or replace your trim, your Sunburst installer can help you pick the best option to fit the vision you have in mind for your windows.

Can I DIY Install Shutters?

If you’re an experienced handyman, you’re probably familiar with what goes into installing shutters. However, taking on DIY shutters may be a bit complicated for most Gainesville homeowners. We would suggest leaving the installation to professionals that are certified and insured, that way you won’t be at risk of damaging your shutters, your windows, or injuring yourself.

What Are Your Most Popular Shutter Options?

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

As far as shutter options, the most common shutter configuration we sell is a 3 ½” louver, non-textured finish, with a Z-frame. If none of that makes any sense, that’s ok. We’ll be happy to show you what all those things mean in person. Set up a free home consultation and we’ll show you what would look best in your house.

What’s better: a smooth finish or textured finish for shutters?

Shutters with a smooth finish tend to look more modern and suave, while shutters with a textured finish look a bit more historic. However the benefits to each style of plantation shutter finish go a little bit farther, and ultimately it comes down to your own style.

Smooth shutter finishTextured shutter finish

Perks of a smooth finish for shutters – A smooth finish to your shutters give you a clean, chic, sophisticated look. If you don’t have any other wood surfaces like hardwood floors or furniture, you might not want a smooth finish. A smooth finish is easier to see when it needs dusting, compared to a textured finish. We typically recommend a smooth finish for faux wood shutters like Polywood.

Perks of shutters with a wood grain finish – A textured finish on your shutters offers a more natural, somewhat historic look to your shutters. That’s fantastic if you’re trying to bring the look of nature indoors, particularly if you want to match the look of your hardwood flooring. A wood grain on your shutter louvers may also make it more difficult to see dust, which means you can wait a little longer between regular cleanings. A wood-grain finish looks especially great on real wood shutters in Gainesville.

How many shutter panels do I need for each window?

Usually, the larger the window, the more shutter panels you’ll need. 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 two separate panels. Sometimes, wider panels won’t fit flush against the wall due to their width. Multiple small panels resolve that.

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

How much does it cost to have my windows measured?

With Sunburst Shutters Gainesville, any and all measurements for shutters 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 area of your house or has a distinct shape, our shutter pros can get you an exact measurement so that the final product will fit your windows seamlessly.

At your complimentary shutter consultation, your Sunburst Shutters installer can help you choose from our extensive variety of Gainesville plantation shutters, such as choices for panel width, stains, and custom mounts and frames.

So schedule your shutter consultation today by calling 813-602-5966 today.