Destin's Frequently Asked Questions About Shutters

For more than 20 years, we’ve received every question about shutters imaginable from our customers in Destin. And we’ve collected the top ten of them here. There’s a good chance that in these questions and answers you’ll find answers to questions of your own. If not, please don’t hesitate to contact Sunburst Shutters Destin directly. We’re here to help you and happy to do so.

Which Plantation Shutters Should I Buy?

That depends on how you would like 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 right for you. Or are you looking to match the wood in your home as closely as possible? Ovation® wood shutters are a better fit for you.
Plantation shutters are celebrated for being energy efficient. And to get the most 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 tend to deteriorate over time with the strings giving way and the loops that hold the slats in place falling apart. And they’re not easy to clean.

Shades offer a host of colors and unique patterns, transforming your window into artwork. Just by pulling up the fabric of the shade, your whole window is exposed and you can see out onto your Destin neighborhood.

Draperies also offer a wide spectrum of color, fabric, and patterns. They are a traditional choice for a window treatment. Placing thick panels between the drapes and the window allows for light and temperature block-out capabilities. And unlike other window treatments, you won’t have to clean draperies for five years.

If you are searching for a window treatment that lasts beyond 10 years, saves you money on your energy bills, and looks magnificent on your windows, shutters are the choice for your home. Not only are shutters durable, but they’re also exquisite and energy efficient. Actually, Polywood shutters insulate up to 70% better than a comparable wood shutter. That’s energy savings you will miss out on 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 room a clean modern feel whether they’re closed or open.

How Are Shutters Installed on My Windows?

An inappropriately installed window treatment can be tough to open and can get damaged easily. We have a skilled installation crew that comes to your home and installs your window treatment with great accuracy, double checking that each one moves flawlessly – and doesn’t get damaged throughout.

But before we get to installing your shutters, we bring shutter samples to your home so we can custom build 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 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 right look for a plantation shutter?

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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 letting you 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. It’s also convenient 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 plenty of space to look through.

How Do I Order Shutters from Sunburst Shutters Destin?

Piece of cake! Call us at 850-203-0419 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 cover with shutters 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!

Am I able to keep my existing window trim when I put in shutters?

Absolutely! There’s seldom a need to take out or make alterations to your current window trim when putting in new plantation shutters. Natural Ovation wood shutters and patented Polywood shutters are available in an array of frame styles to fit easily into your current window trim. If your windows don’t have trim, we also have frame styles available to install directly onto the drywall around your window to fix your beautiful new shutters to your window opening.

Your shutter installation crew 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 shutters.

Where are Sunburst Shutters products made?

Sunburst Shutters Destin is proud to offer a range of window treatments 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 savings passed on to you from cutting unnecessary shipping and handling costs, it also gives you the perk of knowing you’ve chosen an all-American shutter for your Destin home.

And Polywood isn’t the only shutter that’s from the U.S.A. Our stunning Reclaimed Wood shutters are built with lumber repurposed 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 painted and stained shutters is how the material of the shutter interacts with the color. Paint lays atop the shutter, just coating the surface. Stains on the other hand seep into the shutter, becoming a part of the natural wood or faux wood material.

Each method comes with its unique benefits. There tend to be more color options for paints. 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 a layer of paint hiding it.

During your in-home window design consultation, we’ll bring samples of our stain and paint options right to your door so you can perfectly color match with your existing interior design.

How Long Does It Take To Get Shutters in Destin?

The entire plantation shutter process, from your starting consultation to installation, usually takes around four to six weeks. The process takes this long because our goal is to build shutters that are completely customized to your windows. Doing that requires us to take exact measurements, utilize advanced software to design them, assemble your brand-new shutters by hand, and ship them to your home for installation. Real wood shutters typically take longer than faux wood due to the extra steps needed to stain and treat the wood.

It does take a little time, but it’s an investment that’s well worth it.

Do I need to send Sunburst my shutter measurements?

Sunburst Shutters Destin offers a start to finish shop-at-home experience. So we send one of our reps to your home to take precise measurements of your windows, discuss your options, and give you a quote. The design consultation is 100% free. That’s the best way to start your window treatment project. If you only want a ballpark estimate, you can give us the measurements of your windows through our contact form, or give us a call at 850-203-0419.

Should I Remove My 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 complement your current trim. If you like our shutter frames better, then you can remove the trim—but it’s not a necessity. If you want to go without trim or replace your trim, we’ll help you pick the right shutter to fit your perfect vision.

Can I Install The Shutters Myself?

If you’re a seasoned handyman, you might be familiar with what goes into a shutter installation. However, DIY shutters can be a tad complex for most Destin 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 anything else in your house.

What Are Destins Most Popular Shutter Options?

By far our most popular shutter options are our classic white Polywood® plantation shutters, and Ovation® real wood shutters.

Beyond that, the most popular shutter configuration we sell is a 3 ½” louver, smooth finish, and an interior-mount Z-frame. If those words don’t mean anything to you, that’s ok. We’d be happy to demonstrate what all those things mean in person. Schedule a free in-home consultation and we’ll help you find what would work best in your house.

Should I choose a smooth or textured finish for my shutters?

Shutters with a smooth finish tend to look more fashionable and sophisticated, while textured finish shutters look more natural and historic. But the perks to each style 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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Benefits of a smooth finish for shutters – A smooth finish to your shutters offer a clean, chic, sophisticated look. A smooth finish might be what you want if your home has few other wood textured accessories or furniture. A smooth finish is easier to see when it needs dusting, compared to a wood grain finish. We usually recommend a smooth finish for faux wood shutters like Polywood.

Benefits of a textured or wood grain finish for shutters – A textured finish on your shutters gives you a more natural, wood-like look to your shutters. That’s perfect if you’re trying to bring the beauty of nature indoors, especially if you want to accentuate the look of your hardwood flooring. A textured finish on your shutters may also make dust more difficult to see, which means you won’t need to wipe them down as frequently as you would if they had a smooth finish. A wood-grain finish looks especially great on real wood shutters in Destin.

How many shutter panels do I need for each window?

Typically, the bigger your window is, the more shutter panels you’ll want. 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 multiple panels. Sometimes, wide panel shutters can’t fit flush against the wall due to their size. Two smaller panels solve that problem.

For those windows that you may open or shut regularly, you’re usually better suited with multiple panels, since they’re easier to open and get additional 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 Destin, all of your shutter measurements will be done for free by one of our installers as part of your in-home consultation. If you happen to have windows in a hard to reach area of your home or you have windows with a unique shape, our installers can get you a precise measurement so that the shutters you get will perfectly match up with your windows.

During your complimentary shutter consultation, your Sunburst Shutters installer can help you pick from our wide array of Destin plantation shutters, such as options for louver size, stains, and custom framing options.

So set up your in-home consultation now by calling 850-203-0419 today.

Will you install window covering on a flush window/window without depth?

Sunburst can help you pick the ideal shutter for your home, regardless of how narrow your frame. We will work with an outside mount installation that attaches to the trim or wall outside the window cavity . Your window treatments will still have the same functionality and energy efficiency, and will blend superbly into your design scheme.

What if I have a broken shutter louver?

If the louver is disconnected and drooping from the frame, you probably have a busted louver pin. To mend this you need to extract the pin from both the louver and the stile with a set of needle-nose pliers or a utility knife. Once the pin is removed, put the replacement pin base into the old hole in the shutter stile, then guide the louver onto the pin. To receive additional louver pins for free, just call us at 850-203-0419.

How much do your shutters cost?

Pricing on plantation shutters revolves on the selected product line and window dimensions. While we can present you a basic quote over the phone, complete costs are offered after our no cost in-person consultation. Call 850-203-0419 to schedule an appointment today.

How do you mend a cracked shutter staple?

First, pull out the snapped staple from the louver with a pair of needle-nose pliers. Then apply some adhesive (like wood glue or epoxy) to coat the legs of a new staple. weave the staple through the loop on the louver and direct its legs into the previous staple holes on the tilt rod. For new shutter staples, call us at 850-203-0419.