Atlanta's Frequently Asked Questions About Shutters
For more than 6 years, we’ve received every question about shutters you can think of from our customers in Atlanta. And we’ve put together the top ten of them here. Maybe in these questions and answers you’ll find answers to questions of your own. If not, please don’t hesitate to contact Sunburst Shutters Atlanta directly. We’re here to assist you and happy to do so.
For the budget-conscious, blinds are a temporary window treatment to cover your windows. They are susceptible to deteriorating 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, transforming 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 Atlanta neighborhood.
Draperies also come in a wide spectrum of color, fabric, and patterns. They are a traditional choice for a window treatment. Placing 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 rush 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 exquisite 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 comparable 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 room a clean contemporary feel whether they’re closed or open.
A poorly installed window treatment can be a hassle to open and can get damaged easily. We have an expert installation crew that comes to your home and installs your window treatment exactly, ensuring that each one moves flawlessly – and doesn’t get damaged when opened and closed.
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.
Your plantation shutter slats – or louvers – can be moved without difficulty by tilting them up or down. Usually, 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 feel.
Our Polywood shutters last more than 50 years – more than any other shutter in the industry. That’s why these plantation shutters are a permanent fixture that adds to your home’s resale value. Learn more about the durability of our shutters.
Plantation shutters are easy to clean because they have large louvers and their tilt bars are either hidden or mounted on the rear. Merely tilt them open and dust them like furniture – or wipe smudges with a wet cloth.
Plantation shutters are custom built to fit your windows perfectly. They become a permanent fixture of your home, boosting its resale value. This means they can’t be moved from one house to another.
Plantation shutters are an investment that allows temperature control, energy efficiency, and privacy. They are custom made and installed on your windows to become permanent fixtures. Not only are they beautiful and energy saving, but plantation shutters also increase the value of your house. We’ve seen it first hand in Atlanta!
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?
Piece of cake! Call us at 404-962-8517 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 allows us to provide you with the appropriate shutter estimate for your project. Schedule your in-home consultation today!
Yes! There’s a need to remove or do work on your current window trim when installing new plantation shutters. Natural Ovation wood shutters and deluxe Polywood shutters are available in an array of frame styles to fit easily into your existing window trim. If your windows have no trim, we offer frame styles to install directly onto the wall around your window to secure your beautiful new shutters to your window opening.Your shutter installation team will measure each of your home’s windows during your free design consultation to make sure that your window trim is perfectly complemented by the frame of your new window treatment.
Sunburst Shutters Atlanta is happy to provide a range of shutters made right here in America. Polywood plantation shutters are not only America’s #1-selling shutter, but they’re 100% made in America. Not only does that result in savings passed on to you from cutting unnecessary shipping and handling costs, it also gives you the bonus of knowing you’re choosing an all-American window treatment for your Atlanta home.And Polywood isn’t alone in hailing from the U.S. Our stunning Reclaimed Wood shutters are built using lumber gathered from places across the country, from homespun Southern barn doors to beautiful New England fences and more.
The main difference between paints and stains for shutters is the way the color interacts with the shutter material. Paint lays atop the material it’s coloring, covering the surface. Stains conversely, seep into the shutter, becoming a part of the natural wood or Polywood material.
The two color options have their own unique benefits. There are typically more color choices for painted shutters. With stained shutters, the color doesn’t obscure the natural wood grain, so you can see the random grooves and bumps of the material without it being hidden by a layer of paint.
During your in-home shutter consultation, we’ll bring paint and stain samples directly to your home so you can perfectly match and complement colors with your existing interior design.
The whole plantation shutter process, from your initial consultation to installing the shutters, will take about four to six weeks on average. The process takes this long because our goal is to build the perfect shutters for your windows. To do that, we need to take exact measurements, make use of sophisticated software to design your shutters, assemble your brand-new shutters by hand, and get them to your home for installation. Wood shutters typically take longer than faux wood due to the added steps of staining and finishing the wood.
It does take some time, but it’s absolutely worth the wait.
If you’re a seasoned DIYer, you might be familiar with what goes into installing shutters. However, DIY shutters can be a bit tricky for most Atlanta residents. Our suggestion is to leave the installation to professionals that are certified and insured, that way you won’t risk damage to your shutters, your windows, or anything else in your home.
Beyond that, the most popular shutter configuration we sell is a 3 ½” louver, smooth finish, and an interior-mount Z-frame. If all that information is confusing, that’s ok. We’ll be delighted to show you what all those things mean in person. Set up your complimentary home consultation and we’ll show you what would look best in your home.
Shutters with a smooth finish tend to look more modern and suave, whereas shutters with a textured finish look more natural and historic. But the benefits to each style of plantation shutter finish are a little deeper, and ultimately it comes down to your own style.
Perks of a smooth finish for shutters – A smooth finish to your shutters give you a clean, chic, modern look. A smooth finish might be perfect for you if your home doesn’t have much in the way of wood grain surfaces or furniture. 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 textured finish – Shutters with a wood grain finish add a more natural look to your windows. That’s fantastic if your goal is 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 can also make it harder to see dust, meaning you don’t need to wipe them down as frequently as you would if they were smooth. A textured finish looks especially great on real wood shutters in Atlanta.
Typically, the larger the window, the more shutter panels you’ll want on it. The most ideal layout is to use one 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, wide panel shutters can’t fit flush against the wall due to their width. Two smaller panels solve that issue.
For any windows that you’ll want to open or shut regularly, you’ll be better off with multiple panels, since they’re easier to open and get better support from the shutter frame when you do open and close them.
With Sunburst Shutters Atlanta, all of your window measurements will be done by our team for free as part of your in-home consultation. If you happen to have windows in a difficult to reach area of your home or you have windows with a unique shape, our shutter pros can get you an exact measurement so that your shutters will line up just right with the windows.
At your complimentary in-home consultation, your Sunburst Shutters expert will help you pick from our wide variety of Atlanta plantation shutters, featuring choices for finish, stain colors, and custom framing options.
So schedule your free consultation now by calling 404-962-8517 today.