Shutters in a dining room

Are DIY Plantation Shutters A Savvy Plan For Your Boston House?

January 20, 2016

DIY plantation shutters for your Boston home may seem like a smart plan initially. You purchase the shutters, and you follow instructions that come with the products.

Unlike other home improvement projects, there’s 100 ways to end up with serious blunders when installing plantation shutters. You could take the measurements the window inaccurately or break something while setting up the shutters. The shutters will then become inoperable or the material will be ruined. And you have to buy all the parts again.

If you don’t have the tools, the experience, and the finishing touches, you’re at a greater risk of ending up with a mistake. When it comes to DIY plantation shutters, the cost of a mistake is not worth it. Here are 5 more reasons why DIY plantation shutters are not a savvy plan for your Boston residence.

1. The Right Shutter Product

The store you order shutters from may not have the selection you‘re looking for. Also, they may not aid you in figuring out what works best for a certain room. The shutters that work in the living room may not be good candidates for the bathroom where they’d be exposed to high humidity. And don’t forget: not all shutters fit all windows.

Our professionals assist you in picking the right shutters and the right frame with the right options so they last a lifetime. We proudly present you with these top rated shutters: Ovation® shutters (five star rated wood shutters) and Polywood® shutters (the best-selling plantation shutters in America).

2. Different Window Shapes

White arched plantation shutters in blue bedroom

The windows in your home may be different sizes. And they could even be odd shapes, such as octagon, triangle, arched, and circle.

Most online retailers and suppliers only have plantation shutters for rectangular windows. They don’t offer specialty shaped shutters because there’s so much room for errors in measurement. If they do have them and your measurements aren’t correct, the shutters will be too big and won’t look good. This is where mistakes are made the most with DIY plantation shutters.

And even worse, DIY plantation shutters for a special shaped window could result in shutters that you cannot open and close with ease. You could also install the shutter in a way that doesn’t let the louvers to tilt easily.

Our specialists note the width and length of your window - and each corner in between. This ensures that your uniquely shaped window shutters fit flawlessly. Then, utilizing computer software and technology and relying on 40+ years of experience with window shutters, we craft your plantation shutters to fit your uniquely shaped windows flawlessly.

3. Challenging Window Types

Some window have a crank. Others slide or tilt in. If you don’t leave enough clearance between the shutter panels and the window when mounting your DIY plantation shutters, you’ll be left with a crank that is not accessible and a window that won’t tilt in.

Our specialists have seen every type of window you can imagine. They’ve mounted plantation shutters on sliding glass doors, bay windows, double hung windows, windows with cranks, French doors - and more! We’ll make sure to set up the right shutters in the right louver size so that you can use your shutters - and window - effectively.

4. Attention To Detail

Each one eighth inch, each angle, each piece makes a difference when installing plantation shutters yourself. This means taking every detail into consideration. If the louvers bind and the panel is not level, you end up with window shutters that have limited functionality, big gaps, and tightness all over. These issues can lead to unusual depreciation of the shutters. Not to mention, the shutter panels might not operate smoothly.

If your DIY plantation shutters are not mounted squarely, there’s a possibility that too much pressure can build up from the usage and the weight. And this could result in the shutters breaking.

Take the stress out of this undertaking by hiring specialists to set up your plantation shutters in Boston, MA. Some local stores, like Sunburst Shutters Boston, present you with a white glove service. We’ve been installing plantation shutters for more than 40 years. Our specialists are aware of each and every detail of the installation process to ensure that your window shutters are beautifully finished every time - and work effortlessly. You don’t have to tell us to watch for that valuable vase (or to wear protective booties over our shoes). That’s because we treat your home with the same level of attention we bring to your windows.

5. Overall Cost

The main cost of DIY plantation initially seems to be the actual shutters. But the costs of materials to apply the finishing touches, the tools needed, and additional shutters parts add up faster than you think. And that’s without mentioning the stress and physical demands of this project. Can you handle the actual cost of DIY plantation shutters?

Hire A Plantation Shutters Specialist In Boston, MA Today

Sunburst Shutters professional installing plantation shutters

Where DIY plantation shutters are concerned in Boston, it’s a project for the professionals at Sunburst Shutters Boston. We’ll drive out to your home and walk you through the process of picking the plantation shutters that go with your style. And we’ll note the measurements of your windows so we can fashion your interior shutters to look and operate beautifully. Why don’t you let us worry about the installation details?. You’ll love how good your plantation shutters look when we’re done! (And you didn’t even have to lift a finger.)

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