Charlotte’s Frequently Asked Questions About Shutters

For more than 2 years, we’ve heard every question about shutters you can imagine from our customers in Charlotte. And we’ve gathered 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 Charlotte directly. We’re here to aid you and happy to do so.

Which Plantation Shutters Should I Select?

That hinges on how you would like 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 ideal for you. Or are you looking to duplicate 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 greatest energy savings, our Polywood Shutter Insulation System is the only choice.

Why Are Shutters the Most Sought After 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 giving way and the loops that hold the slats in place falling apart. In addition, they are difficult to clean.

Shades offer a variety of colors and unique patterns, turning your window into artwork. By effortlessly pulling up the fabric of the shade, your whole window is exposed and you can see out onto your Charlotte neighborhood.

Draperies also come 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 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 beyond 10 years, saves you actual bucks on your energy bills, and looks exquisite on your windows, shutters are the choice for your home. Not only are shutters durable, but they’re also exquisite 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.

Plantation shutters are unparalleled when it comes to control over privacy and light. And with their large louvers, Polywood plantation shutters give your house a clean in vogue feel whether they’re closed or open.

How Are Shutters Installed on My Windows?

A poorly installed window treatment can be challenging to open and can get damaged easily. We have a skilled installation crew that comes to your home and installs your window treatment just right, making sure that each one moves perfectly – and doesn’t get damaged in the process.

But before we start 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 simply by tilting them up or down. Most commonly, a tilt rod mounted on the front of the shutters gives you control over the louvers. If you want to move the louvers with your hand, we advise buying shutters with hidden or rear-mounted tilt rods. This gives your shutters a clean, contemporary appearance.

How Do I Clean My Plantation Shutters?

Plantation shutters are a breeze to clean because they have large louvers and their tilt bars are either hidden or mounted on the rear. Merely 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 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 right 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 fully finished look – and giving you the option to close the bottom louvers for privacy while leaving the top louvers open for light. At night, you have the option of closing 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 plenty of of a view to look through.

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

Absolutely! There’s seldom a reason to get rid of or make alterations to your old window trim when installing new plantation shutters. Natural Ovation wood shutters and deluxe Polywood shutters are available in an array of frame styles to fit naturally into your existing window trim. If your windows don’t have trim, we also have frame styles available to install right onto the wall around your window to secure your stunning new shutters to your window opening.

Your installer will measure each of your home’s windows during your complimentary in-home consultation to make sure that your window trim is beautifully complemented by the frame of your new shutters.

Where are Sunburst Shutters’ products made?

Sunburst Shutters Charlotte is proud to offer a collection of window coverings made right here in America. Our top-selling 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 a lower final price without unnecessary shipping and handling costs, it also gives you the benefit of knowing you’re choosing an all-American shutter for your Charlotte house.

And Polywood isn’t alone in hailing from the U.S.A. Our naturally beautiful Reclaimed Wood shutters are built using lumber gathered from places across the country, from rustic Midwest barn doors to sturdy Texas ranch fences and more.

What’s the difference between painted and stained shutters?

The primary divide between a shutter that’s stained or painted is how 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 seep into the shutter, bonding to the natural wood or Polywood material.

Each method comes with its unique benefits. There are often a larger number of color choices for painted shutters. With stained shutters, the color doesn’t interfere with the natural wood grain, so you can see the natural grooves and ridges of the material without a layer of paint hiding it.

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

How Long Does It Take To Install Shutters in Charlotte?

The whole plantation shutter process, beginning with your starting consultation through installation, will take about four to six weeks. The process takes this long because we strive to build the perfect 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 ship them to you prior to installation. Wood shutters tend to take longer than faux wood due to the staining and finishing process.

It does take a little time, but it’s an investment that’s well worth it.

Do I need to send Sunburst my shutter measurements?

We offer a total shop-at-home experience. So we send shutter expert to your door to get window measurements, show you your options, and give you a quote. The design consultation is absolutely free. That’s the easiest way to start a shutter project. If you’re just looking for a quick estimate, you can give us your window measurements either by phone or through our contact form.

Do I Need To Remove My Trim Before Putting In Shutters?

Whether or not to remove the trim depends on your personal taste. If you want to keep your trim in place, we’re able to build your shutters to match your current trim. If you prefer our shutter frames, 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, we’ll help you pick the right shutter to match what you have in mind for your space.

What Are Sunburst’s Most Popular Shutter Options?

By far our most popular shutter products are our classic white Polywood® plantation shutters, and Ovation® hardwood shutters.

Beyond that, the most common shutter configuration we sell is a 3.5” louver, smooth finish, with an interior-mount Z-frame. If those words don’t mean anything to you, that’s ok. We’ll be happy to demonstrate what all that means in person. Set up your free home consultation and we’ll help you figure out what would work best on your windows.

What’s better for shutters: a smooth finish or wood-grain finish?

Smooth finish shutters have a more chic look, whereas shutters with a textured finish look a little more natural. But the benefits to both types of plantation shutter finish are a little deeper, and in the end come down to your own taste.

Smooth shutter finishTextured shutter finish

Benefits of a smooth finish for shutters – A smooth finish to your shutters offer a clean, chic, sophisticated look. If you don’t have many other wood surfaces like hardwood floors or furniture, you might not want a smooth finish. A smooth finish makes dust easier to see, in comparison with a textured finish. We usually recommend a smooth finish for faux wood shutters like Polywood.

Benefits of shutters with a textured or wood grain finish – A wood grain finish on your shutters gives you a more natural, somewhat historic look to your shutters. That’s awesome if you want to bring the look of nature indoors, especially if you want to complement the look of your hardwood furniture. A textured finish on your shutters will also make dust harder to see, which means you can wait a little longer between regular cleanings. A wood-grain finish looks especially great on real wood shutters in Charlotte.