San Diego's Frequently Asked Questions About Shutters

For more than 26 years, we’ve received every question about shutters thinkable from our customers in San Diego. And we’ve collected 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 hesitate to contact Sunburst Shutters San Diego directly. We’re here to assist you and happy to do so.

Which Plantation Shutters Should I Use?

That hinges 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 replicate the wood in your home as closely as possible? Ovation® wood shutters are an absolute fit for you.
Plantation shutters are known 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. They tend to deteriorate over time with the strings breaking and the loops that hold the slats in place falling apart. And 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 full window is exposed and you can see out onto your San Diego neighborhood.

Draperies also come in a wide array of color, fabric, and patterns. They are a traditional alternative for a window treatment. Placing thick panels between the drapes and the window gives you light and temperature block-out capabilities. And unlike other window treatments, there’s no need to clean draperies for five years.

If you want a window treatment that lasts over 10 years, saves you actual bucks on your energy bills, and looks elegant 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 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 room a clean contemporary feel whether they’re closed or open.

How Are Shutters Installed on My Windows?

An inappropriately installed window treatment can be a hassle to open and can get damaged easily. We have an expert installation crew that comes to your home and installs your window treatment just right, ensuring that each one functions perfectly – and doesn’t get damaged in the process.

But before we start installing your shutters, we bring shutter samples to your home so we can custom design your window treatment together. Learn more about our free in-home consultation.

How Do I Clean My Plantation Shutters?

Plantation shutters are a piece of cake 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 right 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. It’s also convenient during the day when the sun is stopping you from watching TV. And don’t worry about forfeiting any of your view. A 3.5" or 4.5" louver will almost disappear when opened flat and gives you more than enough of a view to look through.

Am I able to keep my old window trim if I install shutters?

Yes! There’s seldom a need to get rid of or alter your old window trim when putting in new plantation shutters. Natural Ovation wood shutters and patented Polywood shutters can be customized with a variety of frame styles to fit seamlessly into your current window trim. If your windows don’t have trim, you can choose a specific frame style to install directly onto the wall around your window to fix your stunning new shutters to your window opening.

Your shutter 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 San Diego is committed to offering a collection of shutters made right here in America. Our top-selling Polywood plantation shutters are 100% American-made, from the creation of our exclusive Polywood material to the construction 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’re choosing an all-American product for your San Diego home.

And Polywood isn’t alone in hailing from the U.S. Our naturally beautiful Reclaimed Wood shutters are built using 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 primary differentiator between paints and stains for shutters is the way the material of the shutter interacts with the color. Paint lays on top of the shutter, just coating the surface. Stains conversely, penetrate the shutter, bonding to the natural wood or faux wood material.

Each method comes with its unique benefits. There are usually more color choices for paints. With stained shutters, the color won’t obscure the natural wood grain, so you can see the random knots and bumps of the material without a layer of paint masking it.

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

How Long Will It Take To Install Shutters in San Diego?

The whole plantation shutter process, beginning with your in-home consultation through installing the shutters, usually takes around four to six weeks on average. The reason it takes this long is because we want to build shutters that are completely customized to your windows. To do that, we need to take precise measurements, utilize sophisticated software to design them, assemble your custom shutters by hand, and get them to your home for installation. Real wood shutters tend to take longer than faux wood because of the staining and finishing process.

It does take a little time, but it’s a wait that’s definitely worth it.

Do I need to send you my shutter measurements?

We offer a total shop-at-home experience. So we send a representative to you to take precise measurements of your windows, discuss your options, and provide an accurate quote. The shutter consultation is absolutely free. That’s the simplest way to start your shutter project. If you’re just looking for a simple estimate, you can give us your window measurements either by phone or through our contact form.

Do I Need To Remove My Trim Before Installing Shutters?

That’s up to your personal style. If you want to keep your trim in place, we’re able to build custom shutters to complement your current trim. If you like our shutter frames better, then you can take out the existing trim—but it’s not a requirement. If you want to go without trim or replace your trim, your Sunburst installer can help you pick the best option to match your perfect vision.

Can I Install The Shutters Myself?

If you’re an experienced DIYer, you might be familiar with some of the process involved in installing shutters. However, installing shutters yourself can be a tad tricky for most San Diego residents. Our suggestion is to leave the installation to professionals that are certified and insured, so you won’t be at risk of damaging your shutters, windows, or any other part of your house.

What Are Sunbursts 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, smooth finish, with a Z-frame. If none of that makes any sense, that’s ok. We’d be happy to demonstrate what all that means in person. Set up your complimentary home consultation and we’ll help you figure out what would look best on your windows.

Is a smooth finish or wood-grain finish better for shutters?

Smooth finish shutters have a more fashionable look, whereas textured finish shutters look a little more natural. 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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Perks of a smooth finish for shutters – A smooth finish to your shutters offer a clean, sleek, sophisticated look. If you don’t have any other wood accessories like hardwood floors or furniture, you might not want a smooth finish. A smooth finish is easier to see when it needs dusting, in comparison with a textured finish. We usually recommend a smooth finish for faux wood shutters like Polywood.

Perks of shutters with a textured or wood grain finish – Shutters with a textured finish offer a more natural look in your home. That’s perfect if your goal is to bring the beauty of nature inside, especially if you want to match the look of your hardwood floors. A wood grain on your shutters will also make dust more difficult to see, which means you can wait a little longer between regular cleanings. A textured finish looks especially great on real wood shutters in San Diego.

How many shutter panels do I need for each window?

For the most part, the bigger your window is, the more shutter panels you’ll want on it. The most ideal layout 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 aren’t as user-friendly as multiple panels. Sometimes, wide panel shutters can’t fit flush against the wall due to their size. Multiple smaller panels don’t have that same issue.

For windows that you may want to open or shut regularly, you’ll be better suited with multi-panel shutters, since it’s easier to open them and they get additional support from the shutter frame when you do open and close them.

How much does a shutter measurement cost?

With Sunburst Shutters San Diego, any and all shutter measurements will be done by one of our installers for free as part of your in-home consultation. Even if your window is in a difficult to reach area of your house or has a distinct shape, our shutter pros can get you a precise measurement so that the final product will fit your windows seamlessly.

At your complimentary in-home consultation, your Sunburst Shutters rep can help you narrow down your options from our extensive array of San Diego plantation shutters, such as options for finish, stain colors, and custom framing options.

So schedule your in-home consultation today by calling 760-405-8887 today.

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

Sunburst can help you pick the ideal shutter for your windows, regardless of how thin your frame. We will work with an outside mount installation that connects to the trim or wall outside the window opening . Your shutters will still have identical performance and energy efficiency, and will blend superbly with other window treatments.

What if I have a hanging shutter louver?

If the louver is detached and drooping from the frame, you probably have a damaged louver pin. To mend this you will want to remove the pin from both the louver and the stile with some needle-nose pliers or a utility knife. Once the pin is taken out, insert the replacement pin base into the same hole in the shutter stile, then guide the louver onto the pin. To get extra louver pins at no cost, just call us at 760-405-8887.

How much do your window treatments cost?

The cost of plantation shutters depends on the chosen product line and window measurements. While we can offer you a projection over the phone, exact costs are offered after our free in-person consultation. Call 760-405-8887 to make an appointment today.

How do you fix a damaged shutter staple?

First, pull out the snapped staple out of the louver with a tool like of needle-nose pliers. Then dab on some adhesive (like wood glue or epoxy) to coat the legs of a replacement staple. Thread the staple through the loop on the louver and direct its legs into the previous staple holes on the tilt rod. For new shutter staples, call us at 760-405-8887.