Nashville's Frequently Asked Questions About Shutters

For more than 14 years, we’ve received every question about shutters imaginable from our customers in Nashville. 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 Nashville directly. We’re here to help you and happy to do so.

Which Plantation Shutters Should I Choose?

That is based 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 copy the wood in your home as closely as possible? Ovation® wood shutters are the ultimate fit for you.
 
Plantation shutters are celebrated for being energy efficient. And to get the greatest energy savings, our Polywood Shutter Insulation System is the only choice.

Why Are Shutters the Ideal 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. In addition, they’re not easy to clean.

Shades offer an assortment 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 Nashville neighborhood.

Draperies also come in a wide spectrum of color, fabric, and patterns. They are a traditional option for a window treatment. Adding thick panels between the drapes and the window gives you light and temperature block-out capabilities. And unlike other window treatments, there’s no need to clean draperies for five years.

If you’re looking for a window treatment that lasts over 10 years, saves you money 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 exquisite and energy efficient. As a matter of fact, 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 space 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 in the process.

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

How Do I Move the Plantation Shutter Louvers?

Your plantation shutter slats – or louvers – can be moved effortlessly by adjusting them up or down. Most commonly, a tilt rod mounted on the front of the shutters gives you control over the louvers. If you would like to move the louvers with your hand, we propose buying shutters with hidden or rear-mounted tilt rods. This gives your shutters a clean, contemporary look.

How Do I Clean My Plantation Shutters?

Plantation shutters are easy to clean because they have large louvers and their tilt bars are either hidden or mounted on the rear. Gently 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 lets you have privacy on the bottom and leaves the top open for light and view. It’s called a café style shutter. But is it the appropriate 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 polished look – and letting you close the bottom louvers for privacy while leaving the top louvers open for light. At night, you are able to close the top louvers as well for privacy and security. That’s also helpful during the day when the sun is stopping 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 a lot of space to look through.

Am I able to keep my existing window trim if I install shutters?

Absolutely! There’s rarely a need to remove or make alterations to your current window trim when putting in new plantation shutters. Natural Ovation wood shutters and patented Polywood shutters are offered in a variety of frame styles to fit naturally into your current window trim. If your windows have no 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 team will measure each of your house’s windows during your free design consultation to make sure that your new shutters will fit perfectly with your window trim.

Where are your shutters made?

Sunburst Shutters Nashville is happy to provide a collection of window coverings made right here in the U.S.A. Our marquee Polywood plantation shutters are 100% made in America, from the manufacturing of our patented Polywood material to the building of the shutters themselves. Not only does that mean a lower final price without unnecessary shipping and handling costs, it also gives you the bonus of knowing you’re choosing an all-American shutter for your Nashville home.

And Polywood isn’t the only shutter that’s from the U.S.A. Our stunning Reclaimed Wood shutters are built using lumber gathered from sources across the country, from homespun Southern barn doors to beautiful New England fences and more.

Whats the difference between shutter paints and stains?

The main difference between a shutter that’s stained or painted is how the color interacts with the shutter material. Paint sits atop the material it’s coloring, covering the surface. Stains on the other hand seep into the shutter, bonding to the natural wood or faux wood material.

The two color options have their own unique benefits. There are often more color options for paints. With stained shutters, the color doesn’t obscure the natural wood grain, so you can see the random knots and bumps of the material without it being hidden by a layer of paint.

For your in-home window design consultation, our team will bring paint and stain samples right to your door so you can perfectly match and complement colors with your existing interior design.

How Long Will It Take To Get Shutters in Nashville?

The entire plantation shutter process, from your starting consultation to putting your shutters in, will take around four to six weeks. The reason it takes this long is because we strive to build shutters that are perfectly customized to every facet of your windows. To do that, we need to take precise measurements, use advanced software to design them, assemble your brand-new shutters by hand, and ship them to your home for installation. Real wood shutters will usually take longer due to the staining and finishing process.

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

Do I need to send you my shutter measurements?

Sunburst Shutters Nashville offers a start to finish in-home shopping experience. So we send a representative to you to take precise measurements of your windows, discuss your options, and provide a quote. The shutter consultation is totally free. That’s the best way to start your window treatment project. If you only need a ballpark estimate, you can send us your window measurements through our contact form, or give us a call at 615-236-8530.

Should I Remove My Trim Before Installing Shutters?

Whether or not to remove the trim depends on your own taste. If you want to keep your existing trim, we’re able to build your shutters to fit with your current trim. If you like our shutter frames better, then you can take out the existing trim—but it’s not a necessity. If you’re trying to go trimless or replace your trim, we’ll help you pick the right option to fit what you have in mind for your space.

Can I DIY Install Shutters?

If you’re a seasoned handyman, you’re probably familiar with what goes into a shutter installation. However, DIY shutters may be a tad tricky for most Nashville homeowners. Our suggestion is to leave the installation to our certified and insured professionals, so you won’t risk damage to your shutters, windows, or anything else in your home.

What Are Your Most Popular Shutter Options?

By far our most in-demand shutter offerings are our classic white Polywood® plantation shutters, and Ovation® wood shutters.

As far as shutter options, the most popular shutter configuration features includes a 3.5” louver, non-textured finish, with a Z-frame. If those words don’t mean anything to you, that’s ok. We’ll be happy to show you what all those things mean in person. Schedule a free in-home consultation and we’ll help you figure out what would work best in your space.

Is a smooth finish or textured finish better for shutters?

Smooth finish shutters tend to look more modern and sophisticated, while textured finish shutters look more natural and historic. But the benefits to each style of plantation shutter finish go a little bit farther, and ultimately it comes down to your own taste.

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Perks of shutters with a smooth finish – A smooth finish to your shutters offer a solid, sleek, sophisticated look. If your home doesn’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 a textured or wood grain finish for shutters – Shutters with a wood grain finish offer a more natural look in your home. That’s ideal if your goal is to bring the beauty of nature inside, especially if you want to match the look of your hardwood flooring. A textured finish on your shutters may also make it harder to see dust, meaning you won’t need to dust them as often as you would if they had a smooth finish. A textured finish looks especially great on real wood shutters in Nashville.

Whats the best number of shutter panels for each window?

Typically, the the large the surface area of your window, the more shutter panels you’ll want. Our recommendation 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 separate panels. Often, wide panel shutters won’t fit flush against the wall because of their width. Multiple smaller panels don’t have that same issue.

For any windows that you might want to open or shut often, you’re usually better off with multiple panels, since it’s easier to open them and they have additional support from the frame when you do open and shut them.

How much does it cost to have my windows measured?

With Sunburst Shutters Nashville, all of your window 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 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.

At your free in-home consultation, your Sunburst Shutters pro will help you choose from our wide variety of Nashville plantation shutters, featuring choices for louver size, stain colors, and custom framing options.

So schedule your in-home consultation today by calling 615-236-8530 today.

Can you install window covering on a flush window/window lacking depth?

Sunburst can help you pick the best shutter for your rooms, no matter how small your frame. We will use 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 with your established decor.

What if I have a disconnected shutter louver?

If the louver is separated and jutting from the frame, you could have a busted louver pin. To repair 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 taken out, insert the replacement pin base into the same hole in the shutter stile, then direct the louver onto the pin. To get extra complementary louver pins, just call us at 615-236-8530.

How much do your shutters cost?

Pricing on plantation shutters revolves on the selected product line and window dimensions. While we can give you a projection over the phone, complete costs are computed after our free in-person consultation. Call 615-236-8530 to ask for an appointment today.

How do you fix a cracked shutter staple?

To start, pull out the damaged staple from the louver with a pair of needle-nose pliers. Then use some adhesive (like wood glue or epoxy) to coat the legs of a new staple. weave the staple into 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 615-236-8530.