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Are DIY Plantation Shutters A Good Idea For Your Phoenix Home?

January 20, 2016

DIY plantation shutters for your Phoenix residence may seem like a savvy choice at the outset. You purchase the shutters, and you start mounting them according to the steps listed in the accompanying pamphlet.

Unlike other home improvement projects, there are more than a hundred ways to commit critical blunders when setting up plantation shutters. You might measure the window improperly or bust something while installing the shutters. The shutters product will then be ruined or become inoperable. And you end up having to purchase all the parts all over again.

Without the experience, the finishing touches, and the tools, you’re more likely to end up with a mistake. Is the cost of a mistake worth it? When it comes to DIY plantation shutters, it’s not. Shutter experts explain 5 more reasons why DIY plantation shutters are not a smart solution for your Phoenix house.

1. The Right Shutter Product

The store you purchase shutters from is unlikely to have the types of products you need. Also, they might not help you in deciding which shutters are the best fit for a certain room. Interior shutters that work in the living room may not be good candidates for the bathroom where they’d be exposed to high humidity. And don’t forget: not all interior shutters fit all windows.

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

2. Different Window Shapes

White arched plantation shutters in blue bedroom

You may have noticed how the windows in your home are not the same size. And they may even be special shapes, like circle, octagon, triangle, and arched.

Most vendors and online stores only have plantation shutters for rectangle shaped windows. They don’t carry specialty shaped shutters because there’s a high likelihood for mistakes in measurement. If they do carry them and your measurements are wrong, the shutters will be too big for the window. This is where mistakes are made the most with DIY plantation shutters.

And just when you didn’t think it could get any worse, DIY plantation shutters for a special shaped window could lead to shutters that can’t be opened and closed properly. There’s a chance you could mount the shutter where the louvers cannot be adjusted easily.

Our experts take the measurements of your window - and every angle in between. This makes sure that your odd shaped indoor shutters fit perfectly. Then, taking advantage of computer technology and relying on 40+ years of experience in the window shutter industry, we fashion your plantation shutters to fit your uniquely shaped windows seamlessly.

3. Challenging Window Types

Some window use a crank. Others slide or tilt in. If you forget to leave enough space between the shutter panels and the window when setting up your DIY plantation shutters, you’ll be dealing with a crank that is not accessible and a window that won’t tilt in.

Our professionals have seen all the types of windows out there. They’ve installed shutters on bay windows, double hung windows, windows with cranks, French doors, sliding glass doors - and more! We mount the right plantation shutters in the louver size you need to effectively operate your shutters.

4. Attention To Detail

Each piece, each one eighth inch, each angle matters when mounting plantation shutters yourself. This means taking every detail into consideration. If the panel is not level and the louvers bind, the window shutters will have tightness all over, limited functionality, and big gaps. These problems can result in irregular wear and tear on shutters. And there’s a chance that the shutter panels won’t function properly.

If your DIY plantation shutters are not set up squarely, too much pressure can build up from usage and weight. And this could cause the shutters to break.

Minimize the stress that goes into this project by hiring professionals to mount your plantation shutters in Phoenix, AZ. A handful of local stores, like Sunburst Shutters Phoenix, present you with a white glove service. We’ve been installing plantation shutters for more than 40 years. Our professionals take care of each detail of the installation process so that your window shutters look perfectly finished every time - and function readily. Don’t worry. You won’t have to even tell us to wear protective booties over our shoes (or watch for that valuable vase). That’s because we treat your house with the same level of care we show your windows.

5. Overall Cost

When you first consider DIY plantation shutters, the main cost seems to be the shutters themselves. But the costs of the tools needed, additional shutter parts, and materials to apply the finishing touches add up quickly. And we haven’t even mentioned the stress and physical demands of this undertaking. Are you ready for the entire cost of DIY plantation shutters?

Hire A Plantation Shutters Professional In Phoenix, AZ Today

Shutters professional installing Polywood shutters

Where DIY plantation shutters are concerned in Phoenix, it’s a job for the professionals at Sunburst Shutters Phoenix. We’ll come out to your residence and explain the process of choosing the plantation shutters that go with your style. And we’ll measure your windows so we can fashion your interior shutters to look stunning and open and close beautifully. We’ll take care of all the installation details for you. You’ll love how good your plantation shutters look when we leave! (And you didn’t even have to lift a finger.)

Call 480-485-7743 or fill out the form below to schedule your free in-home consultation today!