Indianapolis’s Frequently Asked Questions About Shutters

For more than 13 years, we’ve been asked every question about shutters thinkable from our customers in Indianapolis. And we’ve put together 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 wait to contact Sunburst Shutters Indianapolis directly. We’re here to help you and happy to do so.

Which Plantation Shutters Should I Choose?

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 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 Most Sought After 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. In addition, they’re not easy to clean.

Shades offer an array of colors and unique patterns, transforming your window into artwork. By simply pulling up the fabric of the shade, your full window is exposed and you can see out onto your Indianapolis neighborhood.

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

If you are searching for a window treatment that lasts over 10 years, saves you actual bucks on your energy bills, and looks charming 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.

Plantation shutters are unparalleled when it comes to control over privacy and light. And with their large louvers, Polywood plantation shutters give your house a clean in vogue feel whether they’re closed or open.

How Are Shutters Installed on My Windows?

A poorly 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 precisely, ensuring that each one functions 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 craft 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 simply by adjusting them up or down. Generally, a tilt rod mounted on the front of the shutters lets you adjust the louvers. To move the louvers with your hand, we suggest buying shutters with hidden or rear-mounted tilt rods. This gives your shutters a clean, contemporary appearance.

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 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 ideal look for a plantation shutter?

Cafe Shutters Cafe Style Shutters With Divider

In the end, 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 well-rounded 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. That’s also helpful during the day when the sun is preventing 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.

How Do I Order Shutters from Sunburst Shutters Indianapolis?

Piece of cake! Call us at 317-558-9066 or fill out the form below to schedule your free in-home consultation, and we’ll take it from there. We come out to your home to measure the windows you want to shutter 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 most accurate shutter price for your project. Schedule your in-home consultation today!

Can I keep my old window trim if I put in 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 patented Polywood shutters are offered in an array of frame styles to fit naturally into your existing window trim. If your windows are trimless, we offer frame styles to install right onto the drywall around your window to secure your beautiful new shutters to your window opening.

Your Sunburst Shutters installation team will measure each of your house’s windows during your free in-home consultation to ensure that your new shutters will fit perfectly with your window trim.

Where are your shutters made?

Sunburst Shutters Indianapolis is proud to offer a collection of window treatments made right here in the U.S.A. Our popular Polywood plantation shutters are 100% made in America, from the manufacturing of our exclusive 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 benefit of knowing you’re choosing an all-American window treatment for your Indianapolis house.

And Polywood isn’t the only shutter that’s from America. Our stunning Reclaimed Wood shutters are built using lumber harvested from sources across the country, from homespun Southern barn doors to sturdy Texas ranch fences and more.

What’s the difference between shutter paints and stains?

The primary difference between painted and stained shutters is how the color interacts with the material of the shutter. Paint sits on the top layer of the shutter, covering the surface. Stains on the other hand seep into the shutter, becoming a part of the natural wood or Polywood material.

Both methods come with their individual benefits. There tend to be a larger number of color options for painted shutters. With stained shutters, the color doesn’t lie over the natural wood grain, so you can see the random knots and bumps of the material without a layer of paint masking it.

During your in-home window design consultation, our team will bring samples of all our color options right to your door so you can perfectly color match with your existing interior design.

How Long Will It Take To Install Shutters in Indianapolis?

The entire plantation shutter process, from your in-home consultation to putting your shutters in, usually takes around four to six weeks. The process takes this long because we strive to build the perfect shutters for your windows. To do that, we need to take exact measurements, use advanced software to design your shutters, assemble your brand-new shutters by hand, and get them to your home for installation. Real wood shutters tend to take longer than Polywood because of 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 Indianapolis offers a total shop-at-home experience. So we send shutter expert to your home to measure all your windows, walk you through your options, and give you an accurate quote. The shutter consultation is absolutely free. That’s the best way to start a window treatment project. If you’re only looking for a quick estimate, you can submit your window measurements either by phone or through our contact form.

Should I Remove The Trim Before Installing Shutters?

The answer will depend on your own taste. If you want to keep your existing trim, we can build custom shutters to complement your current trim. If you prefer our shutter frames, then removing trim is fine—but it’s not a requirement. If you want to go without trim or replace your trim, we can help you pick the right option to match your perfect vision.

Can I DIY Install Shutters?

If you’re a seasoned handyman, you might be familiar with some of the process involved in installing shutters. However, installing shutters yourself might be a little tricky for most Indianapolis homeowners. Our suggestion is to leave the installation to our certified and insured professionals, so you won’t risk damage to your shutters, your windows, or anything else in your house.

What Are Sunburst’s Most Popular Shutter Options?

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

Beyond that, the most popular shutter configuration features includes a 3.5” louver, non-textured finish, with an interior-mount 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. Set up your complimentary home consultation and we’ll help you find what will work best in your home.

Should I choose a smooth or wood-grain finish for my shutters?

Shutters with a smooth finish have a more chic look, while shutters with a textured finish look more natural and historic. But the benefits to each style of plantation shutter finish go a little bit farther, and ultimately come down to your own taste.

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Benefits of shutters with a smooth finish – A smooth finish to your shutters offer a solid, sleek, sophisticated look. A smooth finish may be preferable if your home doesn’t have much in the way of wood textured accessories or furniture. A smooth finish makes dust easier to see, compared to a wood grain finish. We usually recommend a smooth finish for faux wood shutters like Polywood.

Benefits of shutters with a wood grain finish – A wood grain finish on your shutters offers a more natural, somewhat historic look to your shutters. That’s perfect if you want to bring the look of nature indoors, especially if you want to accentuate the look of your hardwood flooring. A wood grain on your shutters can also make it harder to see dust, meaning you can wait a little longer between regular cleanings. A textured finish looks especially great on real wood shutters in Indianapolis.

What’s 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 on it. 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 are not as user-friendly as multiple panels. Oftentime, wide panel shutters can’t fit flush against the wall due to their width. Multiple smaller panels don’t have that same issue.

For those windows that you may want to open or shut regularly, you’ll be better off with multiple panels, since they’re easier to open and get additional support from the shutter frame when you do operate them.

How much will a shutter measurement cost?

With Sunburst Shutters Indianapolis, all of your shutter 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 place in your house or has a distinct shape, our installers can get you an exact measurement so that your shutters will line up just right with the windows.

At your complimentary shutter consultation, your Sunburst Shutters installer can help you choose from our extensive array of Indianapolis plantation shutters, such as choices for finish, stains, and custom framing options.

So schedule your in-home consultation today by calling 317-558-9066 today.