Phoenix's Frequently Asked Questions About Shutters

For more than 43 years, we’ve heard every question about shutters thinkable from our customers in Phoenix. And we’ve collected 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 Phoenix directly. We’re here to help you and happy to do so.

Which Plantation Shutters Should I Choose?

That hinges on how you would like 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 an absolute fit for you.
Plantation shutters are recognized for being energy efficient. And to get the greatest 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. They tend to deteriorate over time with the strings breaking and the loops that hold the slats in place falling apart. And they are difficult to clean.

Shades offer an array of colors and unique patterns, changing your window into artwork. By simply pulling up the fabric of the shade, your entire window is exposed and you can see out onto your Phoenix neighborhood.

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

If you are searching for a window treatment that lasts beyond 10 years, saves you money on your energy bills, and looks beautiful on your windows, shutters are the choice for your home. Not only are shutters durable, but they’re also lovely 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 will miss out on 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 tough to open and can get damaged easily. We have an expert installation crew that comes to your home and installs your window treatment precisely, ensuring that each one operates smoothly – and doesn’t get damaged throughout.

But before we begin installing your shutters, we bring shutter samples to your home so we can custom build 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 adjusting them up or down. Usually, a tilt rod mounted on the front of the shutters gives you control over the louvers. If you would like to move the louvers with your hand, we recommend buying shutters with hidden tilt-rods or rear-mounted tilt rods. This gives your shutters a clean, contemporary appearance.

How Do I Clean My Plantation Shutters?

Plantation shutters are simple 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 moist 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 ideal 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 well-rounded 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 stopping 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 plenty of space to look through.

Will I be able to keep my old window trim when I install shutters?

Yes! There’s almost never a reason to get rid of or make alterations to your existing window trim when you buy new plantation shutters. Natural Ovation wood shutters and premier Polywood shutters can be customized with a variety of frame styles to fit naturally into your current window trim. If your windows don’t have trim, you can choose a specific frame style to install directly onto the wall around your window to secure your gorgeous new shutters to your window opening.

Your Sunburst Shutters installation team will measure each of your house’s windows during your complimentary design consultation to make sure that your new shutters will fit seamlessly with your window trim.

Where are your shutters made?

Sunburst Shutters Phoenix is committed to offering a range of window treatments made right here in the U.S.A. Our top-selling Polywood plantation shutters are 100% made in America, from the creation of our exclusive Polywood material to the construction of the shutters themselves. Not only does that mean a lower final price without unnecessary shipping and handling costs, it also gives you the perk of knowing you’re choosing an all-American product for your Phoenix home.

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

Whats the difference between shutter paints and stains?

The primary differentiator between painted and stained shutters is the way the color interacts with the material of the shutter. Paint sits on the top layer of the shutter, just coating the surface. Stains conversely, permeate the shutter, bonding to the natural wood or faux wood material.

Each method comes with its unique benefits. There are typically more color choices for painted shutters. With stained shutters, the color won’t lie over the natural wood grain, so you can see the natural knots and ridges of the material without it being hidden by a layer of paint.

During your in-home window design consultation, we’ll bring paint and stain samples straight to you so you can easily match and complement colors with your current design.

Will you install window covering on a flush window/window without depth?

Sunburst can help you find the ideal shutter for your windows, regardless of how narrow your frame. We will use an outside mount installation that attaches to the trim or wall outside the window cavity . Your shutters will still have the same capabilities and energy efficiency, and will tie in seamlessly with other window treatments.

What if I have a hanging shutter louver?

If the louver is separated and drooping from the frame, you probably have a damaged louver pin. To mend this you will want to remove the pin from both the louver and the stile with a pair of needle-nose pliers or a utility knife. Once everything is taken out, stick the replacement pin base into the old hole in the shutter stile, then direct the louver onto the pin. To get replacement louver pins for free, just call us at 480-485-7743.

How much do your shutters cost?

The cost of plantation shutters hinges on the chosen product line and window area. While we can give you a basic quote over the phone, detailed quotes are determined after our free in-person consultation. Call 480-485-7743 to make an appointment today.

How do you mend a cracked shutter staple?

To start, clear away the broken staple from the louver with a pair of needle-nose pliers. Then use some adhesive (like wood glue or epoxy) to cover the legs of a new staple. weave the staple into the loop on the louver and direct its legs into the same staple holes on the tilt rod. For new shutter staples, call us at 480-485-7743.