New York City’s Frequently Asked Questions About Shutters

For more than 21 years, we’ve heard every question about shutters imaginable from our customers in New York City. And we’ve put together the top ten of them here. Perhaps in these questions and answers you’ll find answers to questions of your own. If not, please don’t hesitate to contact Sunburst Shutters New York directly. We’re here to help you and happy to do so.

Which Plantation Shutters Should I Pick?

That is based on how you want the shutters to relate to 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 duplicate the wood in your home as closely as possible? Ovation® wood shutters are the ultimate fit for you.
 
Plantation shutters are recognized 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 tend to deteriorate over time with the strings breaking and the loops that hold the slats in place falling apart. And they might be troublesome to clean.

Shades offer an assortment 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 New York City neighborhood.

Draperies also are available in a wide assortment of color, fabric, and patterns. They are a traditional alternative 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, it’s not necessary to clean draperies for five years.

If you are searching for a window treatment that lasts more than 10 years, saves you actual bucks on your energy bills, and looks lovely 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 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 in vogue feel whether they’re closed or open.

How Are Shutters Installed on My Windows?

An inappropriately installed window treatment can be difficult to open and can get damaged easily. We have a skilled installation crew that comes to your home and installs your window treatment with great accuracy, making sure that each one operates 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 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 easily by adjusting them up or down. Generally, 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 recommend buying shutters with hidden or rear-mounted tilt rods. This gives your shutters a clean, contemporary look.

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 damp cloth.

Should I Go Halfway Up My Window with Plantation Shutters?

A half shutter allows 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

Ultimately, 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 polished 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. That’s also helpful during the day when the sun is preventing you from watching TV. And don’t worry about forfeiting any of your view. A 3.5" or 4.5" louver will almost disappear when opened flat and gives you plenty of of a view to look through.

Will I be able to keep my existing window trim if I put in shutters?

Yes! There’s seldom a reason to remove or do work on your old window trim when putting in new plantation shutters. Natural Ovation wood shutters and premier Polywood shutters are offered in an array of frame styles to fit easily into your existing window trim. If your windows don’t have trim, you can choose a specific frame style to install right onto the wall around your window to fix 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 new shutters will fit gorgeously with your window trim.

Where are Sunburst Shutters’ products made?

Sunburst Shutters New York is happy to provide a collection of window coverings made right here in America. Our marquee Polywood plantation shutters are 100% American-made, from the creation of our patented Polywood material to the building of the shutters themselves. Not only does that result in savings passed on to you from cutting unnecessary shipping and handling costs, it also gives you the benefit of knowing you’re choosing an all-American product for your New York City house.

And it’s not just Polywood that’s from the U.S.A. Our stunning Reclaimed Wood shutters are constructed with lumber harvested from places across the country, from homespun Southern barn doors to beautiful New England fences and more.

What’s the difference between painted and stained shutters?

The main difference between a shutter that’s stained or painted is the way the material of the shutter interacts with the color. Paint lays on top of the material it’s coloring, covering the surface. Stains on the other hand permeate the shutter, bonding to the natural wood or Polywood material.

Each method comes with its unique benefits. There are typically a larger number of color choices for paints. With stained shutters, the color won’t obscure the natural wood grain, so you’re able to see the natural grooves and bumps of the material without a layer of paint hiding it.

During your in-home window design consultation, our team will bring samples of all our color options right to your door so you can easily match and complement colors with your current design.

How Long Does It Take To Get Shutters in New York City?

The complete plantation shutter process, beginning with your initial consultation through installation, will take approximately four to six weeks. 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, utilize sophisticated software to design them, assemble your custom shutters manually, and get them to you prior to installation. Wood shutters tend to take longer than faux wood due to the extra steps needed to stain and treat the wood.

It will take a little time, but it’s an investment that’s definitely worth it.

Do I need to send you my shutter measurements?

We offer a start to finish shop-at-home experience. So we send shutter expert to you to measure all your windows, show you your options, and give you an accurate quote. The shutter consultation is totally free. That’s the easiest way to start a window treatment project. If you’re just looking for a simple estimate, you can submit your window measurements through our contact form, or by calling us at 631-246-3930.

Should I Remove The Trim Before Putting In Shutters?

Whether or not to remove the trim depends on your personal style. If you want to keep the trim you already have, we’re able to build your shutters to fit with your current trim. If you like our shutter frames better, then you can take out the existing trim—but it’s not a requirement. If you want to go without trim or replace your trim, your Sunburst installer can help you find the right shutter to fit what you have in mind for your space.

Can I Install The Shutters Myself?

If you’re a seasoned handyperson, you’re probably familiar with some of the process involved in a shutter installation. However, installing shutters yourself may be a little complex for most New York City residents. Our recommendation 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 any other part of your house.

What Are Sunburst’s Most Popular Shutter Options?

By far our most popular shutter offerings are our classic white Polywood® faux wood plantation shutters, and Ovation® wood shutters.

To get more specific, the most common shutter configuration we sell is a 3.5” louver, non-textured finish, with an interior-mount Z-frame. If those words don’t mean anything to you, that’s ok. We’ll be happy to show you what all that means in person. Set up your free in-home consultation and we’ll show you what will look best on your windows.

What’s better: a smooth finish or textured finish for shutters?

Smooth finish shutters have a more chic look, whereas textured finish shutters look more natural and historic. However the perks to both types of plantation shutter finish are a little deeper, and ultimately it comes down to your own style.

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Benefits of shutters with a smooth finish – A smooth finish to your shutters offer a solid, chic, sophisticated look. A smooth finish may be preferable if your home doesn’t have much in the way of wood textured accessories or furniture. A smooth finish is easier to see when it needs dusting, in comparison with a wood grain finish. We typically recommend a smooth finish for faux wood shutters like Polywood.

Benefits of shutters with a wood grain finish – A wood grain finish on your shutters gives you a more natural, wood-like look to your shutters. That’s awesome if you want to bring the look of nature inside, especially if you want to accentuate the look of your hardwood floors. A wood grain on your shutter louvers will also make dust harder to see, which means you don’t have to dust them as often as you would if they were smooth. A wood-grain finish looks especially great on real wood shutters in New York City.

What’s the best number of shutter panels for each window?

Usually, the the large the surface area of your window, the more shutter panels you’ll want on it. Our recommendation is to use a single 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. Often, wide panel shutters won’t fit flush against the wall due to their size. Multiple small panels don’t have that problem.

For those windows that you might open or shut regularly, you’re usually better suited with multiple panels, since it’s easier to open them and they have more support from the frame when you do open and shut them.

How much does a window measurement cost?

With Sunburst Shutters New York, any and all shutter measurements will be done by one of our installers for free as part of your in-home consultation. Even if your window is in a hard to reach area of your house or has a distinct shape, our shutter pros can get you an accurate measurement so that the shutters you get will fit your windows seamlessly.

At your complimentary shutter consultation, your Sunburst Shutters installer can help you choose from our extensive array of New York City plantation shutters, featuring options for panel width, stains, and custom framing options.

So schedule your free consultation today by calling 631-246-3930 today.