Boise's Frequently Asked Questions About Shutters
For more than 3 years, we’ve heard every question about shutters imaginable from our customers in Boise. 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 Boise directly. We’re here to aid you and happy to do so.
For the budget-conscious, blinds are a temporary window treatment to cover your windows. Chances are they will deteriorate over time with the strings breaking and the loops that hold the slats in place falling apart. Not to mention, they are difficult to clean.
Shades offer a host of colors and unique patterns, turning your window into artwork. By simply pulling up the fabric of the shade, your entire window is exposed and you can see out onto your Boise neighborhood.
Draperies also are available in a wide variety of color, fabric, and patterns. They are a traditional choice 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, you won’t have to clean draperies for five years.
If you are searching for a window treatment that lasts over 10 years, saves you money 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 magnificent and energy efficient. Actually, Polywood shutters insulate up to 70% better than a comparable wood shutter. That’s energy savings you won’t find 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 contemporary feel whether they’re closed or open.
A poorly installed window treatment can be tough to open and can get damaged easily. We have a professional installation crew that comes to your home and installs your window treatment precisely, double checking 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 build your window treatment together. Learn more about our free in-home consultation.
Your plantation shutter slats – or louvers – can be moved effortlessly by tilting them up or down. Usually, a tilt rod mounted on the front of the shutters allows you to adjust the louvers. If you would like to move the louvers with your hand, we recommend buying shutters with hidden tilt-rods or rear-mounted tilt rods. This gives your shutters a clean, contemporary look.
Our Polywood shutters last 50+ years – more than any other shutter in the US. That’s why these plantation shutters are a permanent fixture that adds to your home’s resale value. Learn more about the durability of our 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 wet cloth.
Plantation shutters are custom made to fit your windows perfectly. They become a permanent fixture of your home, boosting its resale value. It’s not possible to move these shutters from one house to another.
Plantation shutters are an investment that provides you with temperature control, energy efficiency, and privacy. They are custom crafted and installed on your windows to become permanent fixtures. Not only are they magnificent and energy saving, but plantation shutters also increase the value of your residence. We’ve seen it first hand in Boise!
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?
Simple! Call us at 208-609-9129 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 add shutters to 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 estimate for your project. Schedule your in-home consultation today!
Yes! There’s almost never a reason to take out or alter your old window trim when installing new plantation shutters. Natural Ovation wood shutters and premier Polywood shutters are offered in a variety of frame styles to fit seamlessly into your current window trim. If your windows are trimless, you can choose a specific frame style to install right onto the drywall around your window to fix your stunning new shutters to your window opening.Your Sunburst Shutters installation crew will measure each of your house’s windows during your free in-home consultation to make sure that your window trim is perfectly complemented by the frame of your new shutters.
Sunburst Shutters Boise is happy to provide a range of window treatments made right here in the U.S.A. Our popular Polywood plantation shutters are 100% made in America, from the creation of our exclusive Polywood material to the building of the shutters themselves. Not only does that mean saving you money on unnecessary shipping and handling costs, it also gives you the benefit of knowing you’ve chosen an all-American product for your Boise house.And Polywood isn’t alone in hailing from the U.S. Our naturally beautiful Reclaimed Wood shutters are constructed with lumber harvested from sources across the country, from homespun Southern barn doors to sturdy Texas ranch fences and more.
The main difference between painted and stained shutters is the way the shutter material interacts with the color. Paint sits on top of the shutter, covering the surface. Stains on the other hand permeate the shutter, becoming a part of the natural wood or faux wood material.
Both methods come with their individual benefits. There are usually a larger number of color options for paints. With stained shutters, the color won’t lie over the natural wood grain, so you’re able to see the random knots and bumps of the material without a layer of paint hiding it.
During your in-home window design consultation, we’ll bring samples of all our color options directly to your home so you can easily match and complement colors with your current design.
The complete plantation shutter process, beginning with your in-home consultation through installing the shutters, usually takes approximately four to six weeks. The reason it takes this long is because we want to build shutters that are completely customized to your windows. Doing that requires us to take precise measurements, make use of advanced software to design them, assemble your custom shutters manually, and deliver them to your home for installation. Real wood shutters typically take longer due to the added steps of staining and finishing the wood.
It does take a little time, but it’s a wait that’s well worth it.
If you’re a seasoned handyman, you’re probably familiar with some of the process involved in installing shutters. However, taking on DIY shutters may be a tad complex for most Boise residents. We would suggest leaving the installation to professionals that are certified and insured, so you won’t risk damage to your shutters, your windows, or injuring yourself.
To get more specific, the most popular shutter configuration features includes a 3 ½” louver, non-textured finish, with an interior-mount Z-frame. If all that information is confusing, that’s ok. We’ll be happy to show you what all that means in person. Schedule your complimentary home consultation and we’ll help you figure out what will look best in your home.
Shutters with a smooth finish have a more chic look, while textured finish shutters look a little more natural. However the perks to each style of plantation shutter finish go a little bit farther, and ultimately come down to your own taste.
Benefits of a smooth finish for shutters – A smooth finish to your shutters offer a clean, sleek, modern look. If you don’t have many other wood accessories like hardwood floors or furniture, you may not want a smooth finish. A smooth finish makes dust easier to see, in comparison with a wood grain finish. We typically 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 gives you a more natural, somewhat historic look to your shutters. That’s great if you want to bring the look of nature inside, especially if you want to accentuate the look of your hardwood furniture. A wood grain on your shutters will also make dust harder to see, meaning you can wait a little longer between regular cleanings. A textured finish looks especially great on real wood shutters in Boise.
Usually, the the large the surface area of your window, the more shutter panels you’ll need. The optimal design is to use a single panel for windows up to 26” wide, two panels for windows up to 50” wide, and four for windows up to 98” wide.
Single wide panels are not as room-friendly as multiple separate panels. Often, wider panels can’t fit flush against the wall because of their width. Multiple small panels don’t have that problem.
For windows that you might open or shut regularly, you’re usually better suited with multiple panels, since it’s easier to open them and they have better support from the shutter frame when you do open and close them.
With Sunburst Shutters Boise, any and all measurements for shutters will be done for free by our team as part of your in-home consultation. If you happen to have windows in a hard to reach area of your house or you have windows with a unique shape, our shutter pros can get you a precise measurement so that your shutters will fit your windows seamlessly.
At your complimentary in-home consultation, your Sunburst Shutters expert can help you pick from our extensive array of Boise plantation shutters, including choices for finish, stain colors, and custom framing options.
So schedule your in-home consultation today by calling 208-609-9129 today.