Boston's Frequently Asked Questions About Shutters

For more than 30 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 Use?

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 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?

Yes! 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.

Whats the difference between painted and stained shutters?

The main difference between a shutter that’s stained or painted is the way the shutter material interacts with the color. 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 a 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 The Trim Before Installing 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 DIY Install Shutters?

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, so you won’t be at risk of damaging your shutters, your windows, or injuring yourself.

What Are Sunbursts 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.

Beyond that, 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.

Whats better for shutters: a smooth finish or wood-grain finish?

Shutters with a smooth finish tend to look more fashionable and suave, while shutters with a textured finish look a bit more historic. But the perks to each style of plantation shutter finish go a little bit farther, and in the end come down to your own personal preference.

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Perks of shutters with a smooth finish – A smooth finish to your shutters give you a solid, sleek, modern look. If you don’t have any other wood surfaces like hardwood floors or furniture, you may not want a smooth finish. A smooth finish is easier to see when it needs dusting, in comparison with a textured finish. We typically recommend a smooth finish for faux wood shutters like Polywood.

Perks of shutters with a textured or wood grain finish – Shutters with a textured finish give you a more natural look in your home. That’s perfect if you want to bring the beauty of nature indoors, particularly if you want to match the look of your hardwood flooring. A wood grain on your shutters may also make dust more difficult 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 Boston.

Whats the best number of shutter panels for each window?

Typically, the bigger your window is, the more shutter panels you’ll need. The optimal design is to use a single panel for windows up to 26 inches wide, two panels for windows up to 50 inches wide, and four for windows up to 98 inches wide.

Single wide panels aren’t as room-friendly as two separate panels. Oftentime, wide panel shutters can’t fit flush against the wall due to their size. Two smaller panels solve that issue.

For windows that you’ll open or shut often, you’re usually better suited with multiple panels, since they’re easier to open and get more support from the frame when you do open and shut them.

How much does it cost to have my windows measured for shutters?

With Sunburst Shutters Boston, any and all measurements for shutters will be done for free by our team as part of your in-home consultation. If you happen to have windows in a difficult to reach place in your home or you have windows with a distinct shape, our shutter pros can get you an accurate measurement so that your shutters will line up just right with the windows.

During your complimentary shutter consultation, your Sunburst Shutters pro will help you choose from our wide variety of Boston plantation shutters, including options for finish, stain colors, and custom framing options.

So set up your free consultation today by calling 781-352-2205 today.

Will you install window treatment on a flush window/window short of depth?

Sunburst can assist you in picking the perfect shutter for your rooms, no matter how small your frame. We will use an outside mount installation that affixes to the trim or wall outside the window opening . Your window treatments will still have the same performance and energy efficiency, and will integrate perfectly into your design scheme.

What if I have a broken shutter louver?

If the louver is detached and drooping from the frame, you could have a broken louver pin. To fix this you should take out the pin from both the louver and the stile with a pair of needle-nose pliers or a utility knife. Once the pin is withdrawn, put the replacement pin base into the old hole in the shutter stile, then direct the louver onto the pin. To receive replacement louver pins for free, just call us at 781-352-2205.

How much do your window treatments cost?

The cost of plantation shutters depends on the desired product line and window dimensions. While we can give you a projection over the phone, exact quotes are determined after our no cost in-person consultation. Call 781-352-2205 to make an appointment today.

How do you repair a broken shutter staple?

To start, remove the damaged staple out of the louver with some of needle-nose pliers. Then dab on some adhesive (like wood glue or epoxy) to cover the legs of a replacement staple. guide the staple through the loop on the louver and direct its legs into the same staple holes on the tilt rod. For extra shutter staples, call us at 781-352-2205.