Hartford’s Frequently Asked Questions About Shutters

For more than 21 years, we’ve been asked every question about shutters thinkable from our customers in Hartford. And we’ve put together 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 be reluctant to contact Sunburst Shutters Hartford directly. We’re here to aid you and happy to do so.

Which Plantation Shutters Should I Select?

That depends on how you desire the shutters to mesh 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 duplicate 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 Ideal Window Treatment?

For the budget-conscious, blinds are a temporary window treatment to cover your windows. Chances are they will deteriorate over time with the strings snapping and the loops that hold the slats in place falling apart. Not to mention, they’re not easy to clean.

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

Draperies also are available in a wide assortment of color, fabric, and patterns. They are a traditional alternative for a window treatment. Placing thick panels between the drapes and the window provides you with light and temperature block-out capabilities. And unlike other window treatments, it’s not necessary to clean draperies for five years.

If you’re looking for a window treatment that lasts beyond 10 years, saves you actual bucks 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 charming and energy efficient. Actually, 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.

No other window treatment gives you control over privacy and light as plantation shutters do. 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 improperly 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 with great accuracy, ensuring that each one moves smoothly – and doesn’t get damaged throughout.

But before we start 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 easily by tilting them up or down. Usually, 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 feel.

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. Simply tilt them open and dust them like furniture – or wipe smudges with a wet 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?

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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 giving you the option to close the bottom louvers for privacy while leaving the top louvers open for light. At night, you can close 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 forgoing any of your view. A 3.5" or 4.5" louver will almost disappear when opened flat and gives you more than enough space to look through.

Can I keep my old window trim when I install shutters?

Absolutely! There’s a reason to take out or alter your existing window trim when putting in new plantation shutters. Natural Ovation wood shutters and premier Polywood shutters can be customized with an array of frame styles to fit naturally into your current window trim. If your windows are trimless, we offer frame styles to install directly onto the wall around your window to fix your stunning new shutters to your window opening.

Your installation crew will measure each of your house’s windows during your complimentary design consultation to ensure that your window trim is tastefully complemented by the frame of your new shutters.

Where are Sunburst Shutters’ products made?

Sunburst Shutters Hartford is proud to offer a range of shutters made right here in the U.S. Our popular Polywood plantation shutters are 100% American-made, from the manufacturing of our patented Polywood material to the building of the shutters themselves. Not only does that result in a lower final price without unnecessary shipping and handling costs, it also gives you the perk of knowing you’re choosing an all-American window treatment for your Hartford home.

And Polywood isn’t the only shutter that’s from America. Our naturally beautiful Reclaimed Wood shutters are built with lumber harvested from sources across the country, from rustic Midwest barn doors to beautiful New England fences and more.

What’s the difference between painted and stained shutters?

The primary difference between paints and stains for shutters is how the color interacts with the material of the shutter. Paint lays on the top layer of the material it’s coloring, covering the surface. Stains on the other hand permeate the shutter, bonding to the natural wood or faux wood material.

Both methods come with their individual benefits. There are often more color choices for paints. With stained shutters, the color doesn’t interfere with the natural wood grain, so you’re able to see the random knots and ridges of the material without a layer of paint masking it.

For your in-home window design consultation, we’ll bring samples of our stain and paint options straight to you so you can perfectly match and complement colors with your current design.

How Long Does It Take To Install Shutters in Hartford?

The whole plantation shutter process, from your in-home consultation to finishing your shutter installation, will take approximately four to six weeks. The process takes this long 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, make use of sophisticated software to design them, assemble your brand-new shutters by hand, and deliver them to your home for installation. Real wood shutters tend to take longer than faux wood because of the staining and finishing process.

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

Do I need to send my shutter measurements to you?

Sunburst Shutters Hartford offers a complete in-home shopping experience. So we send one of our reps to you to measure all your windows, discuss your options, and provide an accurate quote. The shutter consultation is absolutely free. That’s the best way to start your window treatment project. If you only want a rough estimate, you can send us your window measurements either by phone or through our contact form.

Do I Need To Remove The Trim Before Installing Shutters?

That’s up to your personal taste. If you want to keep your existing trim, we can build your shutters to complement your current trim. If you prefer our shutter frames, then you can remove the trim—but it’s not a necessity. If you’re trying to go trimless or replace your trim, we’ll help you pick the best shutter to fit your perfect vision.

Can I DIY Install Shutters?

If you’re an experienced handyman, you’re probably familiar with some of the process involved in a shutter installation. However, DIY shutters can be a bit tricky for most Hartford residents. Our suggestion is to leave the installation to our certified and insured professionals, that way you won’t be at risk of damaging your shutters, windows, or any other part of your home.

What Are Your Most Popular Shutter Options?

Far and away our most popular shutter offerings are our classic white Polywood® plantation shutters, and Ovation® wood shutters.

To get more specific, the most popular shutter configuration features includes a 3 ½” louver, smooth finish, with a Z-frame. If none of that makes any sense, that’s ok. We’ll be delighted to show you what all those things mean in person. Schedule a free in-home consultation and we’ll help you find what will work best in your home.

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

Smooth finish shutters tend to look more modern and suave, whereas textured finish shutters look a little more natural. 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 style.

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Benefits of shutters with a smooth finish – A smooth finish to your shutters offer a clean, chic, fashion-forward look. A smooth finish may be what you want if your home doesn’t have much in the way of wood textured accessories or furniture. A smooth finish is easier to see when it needs dusting, compared to a textured finish. We usually recommend a smooth finish for faux wood shutters like Polywood.

Benefits of a textured finish for shutters – Shutters with a textured finish add a more natural look to your windows. That’s fantastic if you’re trying to bring the look of nature indoors, particularly if you want to match the look of your hardwood flooring. A wood grain on your shutter louvers will also make dust more difficult 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 Hartford.

How many shutter panels do I need for each window?

Usually, the larger the window, the more shutter panels you’ll want. The most ideal layout 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 are not as room-friendly as multiple panels. Sometimes, wider panels can’t fit flush against the wall because of their size. Multiple small panels solve that problem.

For windows that you may want to open or shut often, you’ll be better suited with multi-panel shutters, since it’s easier to open them and they have more support from the frame when you do operate them.

How much will it cost to have my windows measured for shutters?

With Sunburst Shutters Hartford, any and all window measurements will be done for free by one of our installers as part of your in-home consultation. Even if your window is in a hard to reach place in your home or has a unique shape, our shutter experts can get you a precise measurement so that your shutters will perfectly match up with your windows.

At your complimentary shutter consultation, your Sunburst Shutters rep will help you choose from our extensive array of Hartford plantation shutters, such as options for panel width, stains, and custom framing options.

So schedule your in-home consultation today by calling 860-266-5459 today.