What To Know About Shutters and Replacing Windows

Dennis Rooney

You know what you’re in for when you install plantation shutters in your New York City home: fashionable looks, fantastic light control, and effective insulation for a more comfortable home. But what if something unexpected happens, making you have to replace your window? What needs to happen with your shutters? 

Fortunately, we can help. This is everything you should know about what replacing a window means for your shutters.

You can replace windows without replacing your shutters

Possibly the most commonly asked question about window replacements is if you can swap your windows without having to replace your shutters. The answer in almost every case is yes you can! It’s very uncommon that your shutters will interfere with replacing a window, and even in those rare instances the shutters easily detach from the bracket affixed to the frame and can be reinstalled after the replacement is done.

Shutter install in New York City family room 

There’s always the possibility of a rare case where your replacement windows might not work with your existing shutters, like if you’re installing tilt-in sash windows or casement windows. If that’s the case, you should still be able to keep your shutters– our installers may be able to come up with a solution to work with the new windows, whether it’s a different frame or changing how your shutters are mounted.

With The Right Shutters, You May Not Need Replacement Windows

Why are you replacing your windows? If your window is broken or is starting to crack, that’s understandable. But what if you’re in the market for a new window just because you need better insulation, or a better looking window?

If it’s the latter, what you might actually need is a better window treatment. An effective insulator like Polywood plantation shutters can offer you better control over your home temperature than installing a double-pane window. With something like shutters, you can upgrade how your windows look, with a lot less hassle.

White shutters in New York City bay window 

In addition, an investment in shutters is a more profitable investment in your home, because they are both an architectural feature and an aesthetic addition.

You Don’t Need To Do Anything to Put In Shutters

Some New York City homeowners think that you need to swap out your windows, frame, or trim before you can install shutters. That’s certainly not true. Even if your windows have an unorthodox shape, operating mechanism, or tilt a certain way, Sunburst can build a set of shutters that work seamlessly in tandem with your existing setup. From a custom mount that complements your existing trim, to a custom placement that makes room for an opening lever, there’s no additional work needed.

Have Any More Questions On Window Replacements and Shutters?

If you have more questions on replacing a window that has shutters on it, or need to install shutters on a new window, Sunburst Shutters New York can help. Call our team at 631-246-3930 today or fill out the contact form below to get in touch. And be sure to check out our Frequently Asked Questions About Shutters for more info.