Shutters in a dining room

Are DIY Plantation Shutters A Smart Idea For Your San Diego Home?

January 20, 2016

DIY plantation shutters for your San Diego residence may seem like a good plan at the outset. You get the shutters, and you try to install them based on the instructions included.

But DIY plantation shutters are unlike other home improvement projects because there are more than a hundred ways to make vital blunders when setting up plantation shutters. You could measure the window improperly or destroy something while setting up the shutters. The shutters will then be ruined or become inoperable. And you’ll have to buy all the pieces again.

If you don’t have the experience, the finishing touches, and the tools, you’re more likely to commit a mistake. Is the cost of a mistake worth it? When it comes to DIY plantation shutters, it’s not. Here are 5 more reasons why DIY plantation shutters are not a good plan for your San Diego residence.

1. The Right Shutter Product

The retailer you order shutters from is doubtful to have the types of products you need. And, they may not aid you in determining the best shutters for a particular room. The shutters that work in the living room may not be suitable for the bathroom where they’d be under conditions of high humidity. And keep in mind that not all shutters fit all windows.

Our professionals help you pick the right products and the right frame with the right options so they last a lifetime. We proudly present you with these top rated shutter products: Ovation® shutters (five star rated wood shutters) and Polywood® shutters (the best-selling plantation shutters in the nation).

2. Different Window Shapes

Arched plantation shutters in contemporary bedroom

You may have noticed how the windows in your home are not the same size. And they may even be odd shapes, such as triangle, arched, circle, and octagon.

Most vendors and online stores only offer plantation shutters for rectangle windows. They won’t offer specialty shaped shutters because there’s so much room for flaws in measurement. If they do carry them and your measurements are wrong, the shutters will be too big for the window. This is where it’s easy to make mistakes with DIY plantation shutters.

And what’s worse, DIY plantation shutters for an odd shaped window might lead to shutters that don’t open and close properly. There’s a chance you could set up the shutter where the louvers cannot be adjusted easily.

Our experts take the measurements of your window - and every corner in between. This ensures that your odd shaped window shutters fit seamlessly. Then, utilizing advanced computer software and relying on over four decades of experience in the window shutter industry, we fashion your indoor shutters to match your uniquely shaped windows seamlessly.

3. Challenging Window Types

Some windows slide or tilt in. Others have a crank. If you forget to leave enough clearance between the window and the shutter panels when mounting your DIY plantation shutters, you’ll be stuck with a window that won’t tilt in and a crank that is not accessible.

Our professionals have seen every type of window. They’ve set up shutters on French doors, sliding glass doors, bay windows, double hung windows, windows with cranks - you name it! We’ll make sure to install the window shutters you need in the louver size you need so you can easily access your window and adjust your shutters.

4. Attention To Detail

Each angle, each piece, each one eighth inch matters when installing plantation shutters yourself. So keep an eye out for the details. If the panel is not level and the louvers bind, you are stuck with window shutters that have big gaps, tightness all over, and limited functionality. These problem points can lead to abnormal wear and tear on shutters. And there’s a chance that the shutter panels won’t function properly.

If your DIY plantation shutters are not mounted squarely, too much pressure can build up from the usage and the weight. And this may lead to the shutters breaking.

Minimize the stress that goes into this undertaking by hiring a team of experts to mount your plantation shutters in San Diego, CA. A few local stores, like Sunburst Shutters San Diego, offer a white glove service. We’ve been mounting plantation shutters for 40+ years. Our specialists take care of each detail of the installation process so that your window shutters are stunning every time - and work readily. Don’t worry. You won’t have to even tell us to wear protective booties over our shoes (or watch for that expensive vase). That’s because we treat your house with the same care we bring to your windows.

5. Overall Cost

The main cost of DIY plantation initially seems to be the shutters themselves. However, the costs of the tools needed, additional shutter parts, and materials to apply the finishing touches add up faster than you think. And we haven’t even mentioned the stress and physical demands of this undertaking. Can you handle the true cost of DIY plantation shutters?

Hire A Plantation Shutters Specialist In San Diego, CA Today

Shutters professional installing Polywood shutters

Where DIY plantation shutters are concerned in San Diego, it’s an undertaking for the professionals at Sunburst Shutters San Diego. We’ll come out to your residence and guide you through the process of picking the plantation shutters that go with your color scheme. And we’ll measure your windows accurately so we can fashion your shutters to look stunning and operate beautifully. We’ll worry about all the installation details for you. You’ll love how elegant your plantation shutters look when we leave!

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