Cincinnati's Frequently Asked Questions About Shutters

For more than 26 years, we’ve heard every question about shutters imaginable from our customers in Cincinnati. And we’ve collected the top ten of them here. Maybe in these questions and answers you’ll find answers to questions of your own. If not, please don’t hesitate to contact Sunburst Shutters Cincinnati directly. We’re here to help you and happy to do so.

Which Plantation Shutters Should I Use?

That hinges on how you desire the shutters to interact with 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 match the wood in your home as closely as possible? Ovation® wood shutters are an absolute fit for you.
Plantation shutters are recognized for being energy efficient. And to get the greatest energy savings, our Polywood Shutter Insulation System is the only choice.

Why Are Shutters the Best 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 giving way and the loops that hold the slats in place falling apart. And they are difficult to clean.

Shades offer a host of colors and unique patterns, transforming your window into artwork. By simply pulling up the fabric of the shade, your entire window is exposed and you can see out onto your Cincinnati neighborhood.

Draperies also are available in a wide assortment of color, fabric, and patterns. They are a traditional alternative 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 exquisite on your windows, shutters are the choice for your home. Not only are shutters durable, but they’re also beautiful 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 in vogue feel whether they’re closed or open.

How Are Shutters Installed on My Windows?

An inappropriately installed window treatment can be difficult to open and can get damaged easily. We have a skilled installation crew that comes to your home and installs your window treatment exactly, ensuring that each one operates perfectly – and doesn’t get damaged when opened and closed.

But before we begin installing your shutters, we bring shutter samples to your home so we can custom design your window treatment together. Learn more about our free in-home consultation.

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 gives 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

Ultimately, 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 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. This also comes in handy during the day when the sun is hindering you from watching TV. And don’t worry about sacrificing any of your view. A 3.5" or 4.5" louver will almost disappear when opened flat and gives you more than enough of a view to look through.

Will I be able to keep my existing window trim when I install shutters?

Yes! There’s seldom a need to get rid of or alter your current window trim when installing new plantation shutters. Natural Ovation wood shutters and deluxe Polywood shutters can be customized with an array of frame styles to fit naturally into your existing window trim. If your windows have no trim, we also have frame styles available to install directly onto the wall around your window to fix your beautiful new shutters to your window opening.

Your Sunburst Shutters installation team will measure each of your house’s windows during your complimentary design consultation to make sure that your window trim is perfectly complemented by the frame of your new window treatment.

Where are Sunburst Shutters products made?

Sunburst Shutters Cincinnati is committed to offering a range of shutters made right here in America. Not only are Polywood plantation shutters America’s #1-selling shutter, but they’re 100% made in America. 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 Cincinnati home.

And Polywood isn’t alone in hailing from America. Our stunning Reclaimed Wood shutters are constructed using lumber harvested from sources across the country, from rustic Midwest barn doors to beautiful New England fences and more.

Whats the difference between painted and stained shutters?

The main differentiator between paints and stains for shutters is the way the material of the shutter interacts with the color. Paint lays atop the shutter, just coating the surface. Stains conversely, permeate the shutter, becoming a part of the natural wood or Polywood material.

The two color options have their own unique benefits. There are usually more color choices for paints. With stained shutters, the color won’t lie over the natural wood grain, so you can see the natural knots and ridges of the material without it being hidden by a layer of paint.

During your in-home shutter consultation, our team will 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 Get Shutters in Cincinnati?

The whole plantation shutter process, beginning with your in-home consultation through installation, usually takes about four to six weeks on average. The process takes this long because we strive to build 100% custom shutters for your windows. To do that, we need to take precise measurements, utilize sophisticated software to design them, assemble your custom shutters manually, and deliver them to you prior to installation. Real wood shutters tend to take longer due to the staining and finishing process.

It will take some time, but it’s definitely worth the wait.

Do I need to send you my shutter measurements?

We offer a complete shop-at-home experience. We typically send a representative to your door to get window measurements, walk you through your options, and provide an accurate quote. The design consultation is totally free. That’s the simplest way to start a 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?

That’s up to your personal style. If you want to keep your trim in place, we can build custom shutters to fit with your current trim. If you prefer our shutter frames, then you can take out the existing trim—but it is not a requirement for shutters. If you want to go without trim or replace your trim, your Sunburst installer can help you pick the right shutter to match your perfect vision.

Can I Install The Shutters Myself?

If you’re a seasoned handyperson, you’re probably familiar with some of the process involved in installing shutters. However, installing shutters yourself can be a bit tricky for most Cincinnati residents. We would suggest leaving the installation to professionals that are certified and insured, that way you won’t risk damage to your shutters, windows, or any other part of your home.

What Are Cincinnatis Most Popular Shutter Options?

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

As far as shutter options, the most popular shutter configuration features includes a 3.5” louver, non-textured finish, and an interior-mount Z-frame. If all that information is confusing, that’s ok. We’ll be delighted to demonstrate what all that means in person. Set up a free in-home consultation and we’ll help you figure out what would look best in your space.

Is a smooth finish or textured finish better for shutters?

Shutters with a smooth finish have a more chic look, whereas textured finish shutters look more natural and historic. However the benefits to both types of plantation shutter finish go a little bit farther, and in the end it comes 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, chic, sophisticated look. If you don’t have many other wood surfaces like hardwood floors or exposed beams, 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 finish – A wood grain finish on your shutters offers a more natural, rustic look to your shutters. That’s perfect if your goal is to bring the look of nature indoors, especially if you want to match the look of your hardwood furniture. A wood grain on your shutters can 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 Cincinnati.

Whats the best number of shutter panels for each window?

Typically, the larger the window, the more shutter panels you’ll need. The most ideal layout is to use a single panel for windows up to 26 in. wide, two panels for windows up to 50 in. wide, and four for windows up to 98 in. wide.

Single wide panels are not as user-friendly as multiple separate panels. Often, wide panel shutters won’t fit flush against the wall due to their size. Multiple small panels don’t have that problem.

For those windows that you may want to open or shut often, you’re usually better suited with multiple panels, since they’re easier to open and have more support from the shutter frame when you do operate them.

How much will a shutter measurement cost?

With Sunburst Shutters Cincinnati, any and all window measurements will be done by our team for free as part of your in-home consultation. Even if your window is in a difficult to reach area of your home or has a unique shape, our shutter pros can get you an exact measurement so that your shutters will fit your windows seamlessly.

During your complimentary in-home consultation, your Sunburst Shutters expert will help you narrow down your options from our wide array of Cincinnati plantation shutters, including choices for panel width, stains, and custom mounts and frames.

So schedule your shutter consultation now by calling 513-216-9740 today.

Should you install window treatment on a flush window/window without depth?

Sunburst can help you find the ideal shutter for your windows, regardless of how thin your frame. We will work with an outside mount installation that attaches to the trim or wall outside the window opening . Your shutters will still have identical functionality and energy efficiency, and will integrate perfectly with other window treatments.

What if I have a hanging shutter louver?

If the louver is separated and hanging from the frame, you could have a busted louver pin. To mend this you will want to take out the pin from both the louver and the stile with a set of needle-nose pliers or a utility knife. Once everything is extracted, stick the replacement pin base into the old hole in the shutter stile, then direct the louver onto the pin. To receive extra louver pins for free, just call us at 513-216-9740.

How much do your shutters cost?

Pricing on plantation shutters revolves on the chosen product line and window area. While we can offer you an estimate over the phone, detailed quotes are computed after our complimentary in-person consultation. Call 513-216-9740 to schedule an appointment today.

How do you repair a broken shutter staple?

To start, pull out the snapped staple from the louver with a pair of needle-nose pliers. Then dab on some adhesive (like wood glue or epoxy) to cover the legs of a new staple. guide the staple through the loop on the louver and direct its legs into the same staple holes on the tilt rod. For new shutter staples, call us at 513-216-9740.