Atlanta's Frequently Asked Questions About Shutters

For more than 4 years, we’ve been asked every question about shutters you can think of from our customers in Atlanta. And we’ve gathered 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 wait to contact Sunburst Shutters Atlanta directly. We’re here to assist you and happy to do so.

Which Plantation Shutters Should I Use?

That is based on how you want the shutters to interact with your home’s décor. Do you want a shutter that contrasts your wall paint color and has clean lines? Polywood® plantation shutters are right for you. Or are you looking to copy the wood in your home as closely as possible? Ovation® wood shutters are a better fit for you.
Plantation shutters are celebrated for being energy efficient. And to get the most energy savings, our Polywood Shutter Insulation System is the only choice.

Why Are Shutters the Best Window Treatment?

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. In addition, they are difficult to clean.

Shades offer an array 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 are available in a wide array of color, fabric, and patterns. They are a traditional choice for a window treatment. Installing thick panels between the drapes and the window gives you light and temperature block-out capabilities. And unlike other window treatments, there’s no rush to clean draperies for five years.

If you want a window treatment that lasts over 10 years, saves you money on your energy bills, and looks magnificent on your windows, shutters are the choice for your home. Not only are shutters durable, but they’re also beautiful and energy efficient. Actually, Polywood shutters insulate up to 70% better than a similar 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.

How Are Shutters Installed on My Windows?

A poorly installed window treatment can be a hassle to open and can get damaged easily. We have a skilled installation crew that comes to your home and installs your window treatment exactly, double checking 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 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.

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. Gently tilt them open and dust them like furniture – or wipe smudges with a wet cloth.

Should I Go Halfway Up My Window with Plantation Shutters?

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 appropriate look for a plantation shutter?

Cafe Shutters Cafe Style Shutters With Divider

In the end, 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 well-rounded look – and allowing you to close the bottom louvers for privacy while leaving the top louvers open for light. At night, you are able to close the top louvers as well for privacy and security. That’s also helpful during the day when the sun is hindering 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 abundant room to look through.

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

Yes! There’s almost never a need to remove or do work on your current window trim when putting in new plantation shutters. Natural Ovation wood shutters and premier 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 installer will measure each of your home’s windows during your free design consultation to make sure that your window trim is beautifully complemented by the frame of your new window treatment.

Where are your shutters made?

Sunburst Shutters Atlanta is happy to provide a range of window treatments 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 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.A. Our stunning Reclaimed Wood shutters are built using lumber harvested from places across the country, from homespun Southern barn doors to beautiful New England fences and more.

Whats the difference between shutter paints and stains?

The main divide between painted and stained shutters is the way the shutter material interacts with the color. 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 a layer of paint hiding it.

When it comes time for your in-home shutter consultation, we’ll bring samples of our stain and paint options right to your door so you can perfectly match and complement colors with your existing interior design.

How Long Will It Take To Get Shutters in Atlanta?

The complete plantation shutter process, from your initial consultation to installing the shutters, will take approximately four to six weeks on average. The process takes this long because our goal is to build 100% custom shutters for your windows. To do that, we need to take exact measurements, use 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 Polywood due to the added steps of staining and finishing the wood.

It does take some time, but it’s absolutely worth the wait.

Do I need to send you my shutter measurements?

Sunburst Shutters Atlanta offers a complete in-home shopping experience. We’ll send a representative to you to get window measurements, walk you through your options, and give you a quote. The in-home consultation is totally free. That’s the best way to start your window treatment project. If you only need a rough estimate, you can send us the measurements of your windows through our contact form, or by calling us at 404-962-8517.

Should I Remove My Trim Before Installing Shutters?

That’s up to your personal taste. If you want to keep the trim you already have, we’re able to build your shutters to complement your current trim. If you like our shutter frames better, then you can remove the trim—but it’s not a necessity. If you want to go without trim or replace your trim, we’ll help you choose the best option to match your perfect vision.

Can I DIY Install Shutters?

If you’re a seasoned handyman, 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 injuring yourself.

What Are Sunbursts Most Popular Shutter Options?

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

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 space.

Whats better for shutters: a smooth finish or wood-grain finish?

Shutters with a smooth finish have a more modern look, 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 taste.

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Perks of a smooth finish for shutters – A smooth finish to your shutters give you a clean, chic, sophisticated 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 a textured or wood grain finish for shutters – 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.

How many shutter panels do I need for each window?

Usually, the bigger your window is, 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 panels. Oftentime, wide panel shutters can’t fit flush against the wall due to their width. Two smaller panels resolve that.

For any windows that you may 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 operate them.

How much will a shutter measurement cost?

With Sunburst Shutters Atlanta, all of your measurements for shutters will be done for free by our team 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 a precise measurement so that the final product 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 louver size, stain colors, and custom framing options.

So schedule your free consultation now by calling 404-962-8517 today.

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

Sunburst can assist you in picking the ideal shutter for your rooms, despite how narrow your frame. We will use an outside mount installation that connects to the trim or wall outside the window pane . Your window treatments will still have equivalent functionality and energy efficiency, and will blend seamlessly into your design scheme.

What if I have a broken shutter louver?

If the louver is disconnected and jutting from the frame, you could have a broken louver pin. To repair this you will want to extract the pin from both the louver and the stile with a set of needle-nose pliers or a utility knife. Once the pin is taken out, stick the undamaged pin base into the same hole in the shutter stile, then slide the louver onto the pin. To get replacement louver pins at no cost, just call us at 404-962-8517.

How much do your window treatments cost?

Pricing on plantation shutters depends on the selected product line and window measurements. While we can present you a basic quote over the phone, complete costs are computed after our complimentary in-person consultation. Call 404-962-8517 to make an appointment today.

How do you fix a cracked shutter staple?

First, pull out the snapped staple from the louver with a pair of needle-nose pliers. Then apply some adhesive (like wood glue or epoxy) to cover the legs of a replacement staple. weave the staple into the loop on the louver and slide its legs into the previous staple holes on the tilt rod. For extra shutter staples, call us at 404-962-8517.