What To Know About Shutters and Replacing Windows

Lisa Renee Nieberding

You know what to expect when you put plantation shutters in your Cincinnati home: appealing looks, discrete light control, and effective insulation for a comfier home. But what if something unexpected happens, making you have to replace your window? What should you do with your shutters? 

Fortunately, we can help. This is what you should know about how shutters and window replacements interact.

You don’t need to replace your shutters when you replace your window

Possibly the question we’re asked the most about window replacements is if you can replace your windows without having to replace your shutters. The answer in almost every case is yes you can! It’s fairly rare that your shutters will interfere with replacing a window pane, and even in those rare instances the shutters easily detach from the bracket affixed to the frame and can be reinstalled after the replacement is done.

Shutter install in Cincinnati family room 

There’s always the possibility of the odd case where your replacement windows could interfere with your plantation shutters, like if you’re putting in tilting windows or casement windows. If that’s the case, you can still keep your shutters– our shutter installers may be able to find a solution to accomodate the new windows, whether it’s a new frame or changing the mount on your shutters.

With The Right Shutters, You Might Not Have To Replace Your Windows

Why are you replacing your windows? If your window is broken or is starting to crack, that makes sense. But what if you’re thinking about getting a new window just because you need more effective insulation, or a better looking window?

If it’s the latter, what you might really be in the market for is a higher quality window treatment. A great insulating window treatment like Polywood faux wood shutters can offer you better control over your home temperature than almost any double-pane window. With something like shutters, you can update the look of your windows, with a lot less hassle.

White shutters in Cincinnati bay window 

Not to mention, plantation shutters are a more valuable home investment, because they are an architectural feature that add real appraisal value to your entire home.

You Don’t Need Any Extra Work to Install Shutters

Some Cincinnati homeowners are under the impression that you need to swap out your windows, frame, or trim before you can install shutters. That’s certainly not the case. Even if your windows have a unique shape, opening mechanism, or tilt a certain way, we can design shutters that work perfectly in tandem with your existing setup. From a custom mount that complements your existing trim, to a custom build that makes room for an opening lever, there’s no extra work needed.

Have Any More Questions About Window Replacements and Shutters?

If you have any questions about replacing a window that has shutters on it, or want to install shutters on a replacement window, Sunburst Shutters Cincinnati is here to help. Call our pros at 513-216-9740 today or fill out our contact form below to reach out with any concerns you have. And be sure to check out our Frequently Asked Shutter Questions for more info.