Boston’s Frequently Asked Questions About Shutters

For more than 26 years, we’ve been asked every question about shutters you can think of from our customers in Boston. 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 wait to contact Sunburst Shutters Boston 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 replicate the wood in your home as closely as possible? Ovation® wood shutters are a better fit for you.
 
Plantation shutters are recognized for being energy efficient. And to get maximum 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 are susceptible to deteriorating over time with the strings snapping and the loops that hold the slats in place falling apart. Not to mention, they might be troublesome to clean.

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

Draperies also offer a wide assortment of color, fabric, and patterns. They are a traditional choice for a window treatment. Adding thick panels between the drapes and the window allows for 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 more than 10 years, saves you real dollars 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 magnificent and energy efficient. In fact, Polywood shutters insulate up to 70% better than a similar wood shutter. That’s energy savings you can’t get 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 modern feel whether they’re closed or open.

How Are Shutters Installed on My Windows?

A poorly installed window treatment can be a hassle to open and can get damaged easily. We have an expert installation crew that comes to your home and installs your window treatment precisely, making sure that each one moves flawlessly – 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 pushing them up or down. Usually, 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 feel.

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. Just 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 ideal look for a plantation shutter?

Cafe Shutters Cafe Style Shutters With Divider

In the end, 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 well-rounded look – and allowing you 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 forfeiting 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.

How Do I Order Shutters from Sunburst Shutters Boston?

Piece of cake! Call us at 781-352-2205 or fill out the form below to schedule your free in-home consultation, and we’ll handle it from there. We come out to your home to measure the windows you want to add shutters to and bring samples of all of our shutter products and their available options. Once you’ve selected a shutter that matches your style, we can provide you with the appropriate shutter price for your project. Schedule your in-home consultation today!

Can I keep my existing window trim when I install shutters?

Absolutely! There’s almost never a need 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 a variety of frame styles to fit seamlessly into your current window trim. If your windows have no trim, we offer frame styles to install right onto the drywall around your window to secure your gorgeous new shutters to your window opening.

Your shutter installation crew will measure each of your house’s windows during your complimentary in-home consultation to ensure that your new shutters will fit seamlessly with your window trim.

Where are Sunburst Shutters’ products made?

Sunburst Shutters Boston is happy to provide a range of window coverings made right here in the U.S.A. Our top-selling Polywood plantation shutters are 100% American-made, from the creation of our patented Polywood material to the construction of the shutters themselves. Not only does that mean saving you money on unnecessary shipping and handling costs, it also gives you the perk of knowing you’ve chosen an all-American window treatment for your Boston house.

And it’s not just Polywood that’s from America. Our historic Reclaimed Wood shutters are built with lumber repurposed from sources 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 main difference between a shutter that’s stained or painted is how the color interacts with the shutter material. Paint lays on top of the material it’s coloring, just coating the surface. Stains on the other hand permeate the shutter, becoming a part of the natural wood or faux wood material.

The two color options have their own unique benefits. There are usually a larger number of color options for painted shutters. With stained shutters, the color doesn’t obscure the natural wood grain, so you’re able to see the random knots and ridges of the material without it being masked by a layer of paint.

During your in-home shutter consultation, our team will bring paint and stain samples directly to your home so you can easily color match with your existing interior design.

How Long Does It Take To Get Shutters in Boston?

The whole plantation shutter process, from your starting consultation to installing the shutters, will take about four to six weeks. The reason it takes this long is because we want to build shutters that are completely customized to your windows. Doing that requires us to take precise measurements, make use of advanced software to design your shutters, assemble your brand-new shutters by hand, and deliver them to your home for installation. Real wood shutters typically take longer because of the added steps of staining and finishing the wood.

It will take some time, but it’s a wait that’s well worth it.

Do I need to send my shutter measurements to Sunburst?

We offer a complete in-home shopping experience. We’ll send shutter expert to you to take precise measurements of your windows, show you your options, and provide an accurate quote. The in-home consultation is 100% free. That’s the simplest way to start your shutter project. If you’re just looking for a simple estimate, you can submit the measurements of your windows either by phone or through our contact form.

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

The answer will depend on your personal taste. If you want to keep your existing trim, we’re able to build your shutters to match your current trim. If you like our shutter frames better, then removing trim is fine—but it’s not a requirement. If you want to go without trim or replace your trim, we can help you choose the best option to match the vision you have in mind for your windows.

Can I Install The Shutters Myself?

If you’re a seasoned handyperson, you might be familiar with what goes into a shutter installation. However, DIY shutters can be a tad complicated for most Boston residents. Our suggestion is to leave the installation to our certified and insured professionals, that way you won’t be at risk of damaging your shutters, your windows, or injuring yourself.

What Are Sunburst’s Most Popular Shutter Options?

Far and away our most popular shutter offerings are our classic white Polywood® faux wood plantation shutters, and Ovation® natural wood shutters.

More specifically, the most popular shutter configuration we sell is a 3.5” louver, non-textured finish, with a Z-frame. If none of that makes any sense, that’s ok. We’ll be happy to demonstrate what all those things mean in person. Schedule your free home consultation and we’ll show you what would work best on your windows.