Boise's Frequently Asked Questions About Shutters

For more than 1 year, we’ve heard every question about shutters you can think of 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 & Window Fashions directly. We’re here to help you and happy to do so.

Which Plantation Shutters Should I Get?

That depends on how you desire the shutters to relate to 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 the ultimate fit for you.
Plantation shutters are celebrated for being energy efficient. And to get maximum 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. 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. Just by pulling up the fabric of the shade, your entire window is exposed and you can see out onto your Boise neighborhood.

Draperies also come 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 provides you with light and temperature block-out capabilities. And unlike other window treatments, you won’t have to clean draperies for five years.

If you want a window treatment that lasts beyond 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 exquisite and energy efficient. As a matter of fact, Polywood shutters insulate up to 70% better than a similar 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.

How Are Shutters Installed on My Windows?

An improperly 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 moves smoothly – and doesn’t get damaged when opened and closed.

But before we begin 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 Move the Plantation Shutter Louvers?

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 appearance.

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 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 appropriate look for a plantation shutter?

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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 polished look – and allowing you to 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. It’s also convenient during the day when the sun is stopping you from watching TV. And don’t worry about losing any of your view. A 3.5" or 4.5" louver will almost disappear when opened flat and gives you more than enough room to look through.

How Do I Order Shutters from Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions?

Piece of cake! 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 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 most accurate shutter quote for your project. Schedule your in-home consultation today!

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

Yes! There’s a reason to take out or alter your old window trim when putting in 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 shutter installation crew will measure each of your house’s windows during your free in-home consultation to make sure that your new shutters will fit seamlessly with your window trim.

Where are your shutters made?

Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions 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 perk of knowing you’ve chosen an all-American product for your Boise house.

And Polywood isn’t alone in hailing from the U.S.A. Our naturally beautiful Reclaimed Wood shutters are constructed with lumber gathered from sources across the country, from homespun Southern barn doors to sturdy Texas ranch fences and more.

Whats the difference between shutter paints and stains?

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

Both methods come with their individual benefits. There are often a larger number of color options for paints. With stained shutters, the color won’t obscure 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.

When it comes time for your in-home window design consultation, we’ll bring samples of all our color options right to your door so you can easily match and complement colors with your current design.

How Long Will It Take To Get Shutters in Boise?

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 absolutely worth the wait.

Do I need to send you my shutter measurements?

We offer a total shop-at-home experience. So we send shutter expert to your home to get window measurements, show you your options, and give you a quote. The design consultation is totally free. That’s the most effective way to start a window treatment project. If you only want a ballpark estimate, you can send us your window measurements either by phone or through our contact form.

Do I Need To Remove The Trim Before Putting In Shutters?

The answer will depend on your own taste. If you want to keep your trim in place, we can 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’re trying to go trimless or replace your trim, we can help you find the best shutter to fit what you have in mind for your space.

Can I Install The Shutters Myself?

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 recommend leaving the installation to professionals that are certified and insured, so you won’t risk damage to your shutters, your windows, or injuring yourself.

What Are Boises Most Popular Shutter Options?

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

Beyond that, 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.

Whats better: a smooth finish or textured finish for shutters?

Shutters with a smooth finish tend to look more fashionable and sleek, 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 style.

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Benefits of a smooth finish for shutters – A smooth finish to your shutters offer a clean, sleek, sophisticated 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 a wood grain finish for shutters – Shutters with a wood grain finish add a more natural look in your home. 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 may 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 Boise.

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. The optimal design is to use a single panel for windows up to 26 in. wide, two panels for windows up to 50 in. wide, and four for windows up to 98 in. wide.

Single wide panels are not as room-friendly as multiple panels. Often, wider panels can’t fit flush against the wall because of their width. Multiple smaller panels fix that.

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 operate them.

How much will a window measurement cost?

With Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions, 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 the final product will perfectly match up with your windows.

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.

Can you install shutters on a flush window/window short of depth?

Sunburst can help you find the best shutter for your rooms, no matter how narrow your frame. We will use an outside mount installation that attaches to the trim or wall outside the window pane . Your shutters will still have identical performance and energy efficiency, and will blend seamlessly with your established decor.

What if I have a disconnected shutter louver?

If the louver is detached and drooping from the frame, you likely have a damaged louver pin. To fix this you will want to extract the pin from both the louver and the stile with some needle-nose pliers or a utility knife. Once the pin is removed, insert the replacement pin base into the same hole in the shutter stile, then direct the louver onto the pin. To acquire replacement louver pins at no cost, just call us at 208-609-9129.

How much do your shutters cost?

Actual prices of plantation shutters revolves on the selected product line and window dimensions. While we can give you an estimate over the phone, detailed costs are computed after our complimentary in-person consultation. Call 208-609-9129 to make an appointment today.

How do you mend a cracked shutter staple?

Locate and pull out the snapped staple out of the louver with a pair of needle-nose pliers. Then use some adhesive (like wood glue or epoxy) to cover the legs of a replacement staple. weave the staple through the loop on the louver and direct its legs into the same staple holes on the tilt rod. For replacement shutter staples, call us at 208-609-9129.