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What To Know About Shutters and Replacing Windows

August 21, 2017

You know what you’re in for when you put plantation shutters in your Destin home: amazing style, fantastic light control, and great insulation for a more comfortable home. But what happens if disaster strikes, making you have to replace your window? What do you do about your shutters? 

Fortunately, we can help. Here’s everything you need to know about how shutters and window replacements interact.

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

Possibly the most commonly asked question about shutters and replacing windows is if you can swap your windows without getting rid of your shutters. The answer in almost every case is yes you can! It’s fairly rare that a set of plantation shutters will interfere with replacing a window pane, and in those cases the shutters easily detach from the window frame and can be reinstalled after the replacement is done.

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There may be the odd case where your replacement windows could interfere with your existing shutters, such as if you’re installing tilt-in sash windows or crank handle windows. If that’s the case, you can still keep your shutters. Our installers may be able to find a solution to work with the new windows, whether it’s a new frame or changing how your shutters are mounted.

If You Have The Right Shutters, You May Not Have To Replace Your Windows

Why do you want to replace your window? If your window is broken or is starting to crack, that makes sense. But what if you’re trying to replace your window just because you need more effective insulation, or for better looks?

If that’s the reason, what you might really be in the market for is a higher quality window treatment. A window treatment designed for energy efficiency like Polywood faux wood shutters can improve your temperature control better than installing a double-pane window. With something like shutters, you can revamp how your windows look, with half the hassle.

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In addition, plantation shutters are a more valuable home investment, because they add benefits to your home’s form and function.

There’s No Extra Work Needed to Put In Shutters

Some Destin homeowners think that you need to replace your windows, frame, or trim before you can install shutters. That’s absolutely not true. Even if your windows have a unique shape, operating mechanism, or tilt a certain way, Sunburst can build a set of shutters that work perfectly together with your existing setup. From a unique mount that pairs with your existing trim, to a custom placement that makes room for an opening lever, there’s no additional work required.

Any Other Questions On Shutters and Replacing Windows?

If you have more questions about replacing a window that has shutters on it, or need to install shutters on a new window, Sunburst Shutters Destin can help. Call our pros at 850-203-0419 today or use the contact form below to get your questions answered. And be sure to check out our Shutter FAQs for more info.
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