Tampa’s Frequently Asked Questions About Shutters

For more than 27 years, we’ve received every question about shutters you can imagine from our customers in Tampa. And we’ve collected the top ten of them here. Perhaps in these questions and answers you’ll find answers to questions of your own. If not, please don’t hesitate to contact Sunburst Shutters Tampa directly. We’re here to help you and happy to do so.

Which Plantation Shutters Should I Choose?

That is based on how you would like 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 perfect 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 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 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. Not to mention, they are difficult to clean.

Shades offer an assortment of colors and unique patterns, changing 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 Tampa neighborhood.

Draperies also offer a wide spectrum of color, fabric, and patterns. They are a traditional choice for a window treatment. Installing thick panels between the drapes and the window allows for light and temperature block-out capabilities. And unlike other window treatments, there’s no rush to clean draperies for five years.

If you’re looking for a window treatment that lasts over 10 years, saves you money on your energy bills, and looks beautiful on your windows, shutters are the choice for your home. Not only are shutters durable, but they’re also exquisite and energy efficient. Actually, Polywood shutters insulate up to 70% better than a comparable wood shutter. That’s energy savings you can’t get 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 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 professional installation crew that comes to your home and installs your window treatment exactly, 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 fashion 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 easily by adjusting them up or down. Most commonly, a tilt rod mounted on the front of the shutters allows you to adjust the louvers. To move the louvers with your hand, we advise 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 piece of cake to clean because they have large louvers and their tilt bars are either hidden or mounted on the rear. Simply 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 gives 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 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 fully finished 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 hindering you from watching TV. And don’t worry about sacrificing any of your view. A 3.5" or 4.5" louver will almost disappear when opened flat and gives you a lot of space to look through.

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

Absolutely! There’s a need to remove or make alterations to your old window trim when you buy new plantation shutters. Natural Ovation wood shutters and premier Polywood shutters can be customized with a variety of frame styles to fit seamlessly into your existing window trim. If your windows are trimless, we offer frame styles to install directly onto the wall around your window to fix your gorgeous new shutters to your window opening.

Your shutter installer will measure each of your individual windows during your complimentary in-home consultation to make sure that your new shutters will fit perfectly with your window trim.

Where are Sunburst Shutters’ products made?

Sunburst Shutters Tampa is committed to offering a range of window coverings made right here in America. Polywood plantation shutters are not only America’s #1-selling shutter, but they’re 100% made in America. 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 window treatment for your Tampa home.

And Polywood isn’t alone in hailing from the U.S. Our historic Reclaimed Wood shutters are built with lumber repurposed from sources across the country, from rustic Midwest barn doors to sturdy Texas ranch fences and more.

What’s the difference between painted and stained shutters?

The primary differentiator between a shutter that’s stained or painted is how the shutter material interacts with the color. Paint sits on top of the shutter, just coating the surface. Stains conversely, seep into the shutter, bonding to the natural wood or Polywood material.

Both methods come with their individual benefits. There are often more color choices for paints. With stained shutters, the color won’t obscure the natural wood grain, so you’re able to see the natural knots and ridges of the material without it being masked by a layer of paint.

For your in-home window design consultation, our team will bring paint and stain samples right to your door so you can perfectly color match with your current design.

How Long Does It Take To Install Shutters in Tampa?

The entire plantation shutter process, beginning with your starting consultation through installing the shutters, usually takes approximately four to six weeks on average. The reason it takes this long is because we want to build the perfect shutters for your windows. To do that, we need to take precise measurements, make use of sophisticated software to design them, assemble your custom shutters by hand, and deliver them to you prior to installation. Shutters made from real wood typically take longer than Polywood due to the staining and finishing process.

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

Do I need to send Sunburst my shutter measurements?

Sunburst Shutters Tampa offers a complete shop-at-home experience. We typically send a representative to you to get window measurements, walk you through your options, and give you a quote. The shutter consultation is absolutely free. That’s the easiest way to start a shutter project. If you only want a quick estimate, you can submit your window measurements through our contact form, or give us a call at 813-580-7288.

Should I Remove The Trim Before Putting In Shutters?

Whether or not to remove the trim depends on your personal taste. If you want to keep your trim in place, we’re able to build custom shutters to fit with your current trim. If you prefer our shutter frames, then removing trim is fine—but it’s not a necessity. If you’re trying to go trimless or replace your trim, your Sunburst installer can help you pick the right option to fit the vision you have in mind for your windows.

Can I DIY Install Shutters?

If you’re an experienced handyman, you’re probably familiar with what goes into a shutter installation. However, taking on DIY shutters may be a little tricky for most Tampa residents. Our recommendation is to leave the installation to our certified and insured professionals, so you won’t be at risk of damaging your shutters, your windows, or anything else in your home.

What Are Tampa’s Most Popular Shutter Options?

Far and away our most in-demand shutter offerings are our classic white Polywood® plantation shutters, and Ovation® natural wood shutters.

As far as shutter options, the most common shutter configuration we sell is a 3.5” louver, smooth finish, with a Z-frame. If all that information is confusing, that’s ok. We’d be delighted to show you what all that means in person. Schedule a complimentary in-home consultation and we’ll show you what would look best in your space.

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

Smooth finish shutters tend to look more modern and suave, whereas textured finish shutters look a bit more historic. But the perks to both types of plantation shutter finish go a little bit farther, and in the end come down to your own personal preference.

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Perks of a smooth finish for shutters – 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, in comparison with a wood grain finish. We typically recommend a smooth finish for faux wood shutters like Polywood.

Perks of a textured finish for shutters – A wood grain finish on your shutters offers a more natural, rustic look to your shutters. That’s awesome if your goal is to bring the look of nature inside, particularly if you want to complement the look of your hardwood furniture. A wood grain on your shutters will also make dust harder to see, which means you won’t have to dust them as often as you would if they had a smooth finish. A wood-grain finish looks especially great on real wood shutters in Tampa.

What’s the best number of shutter panels for each window?

For the most part, the bigger your window is, the more shutter panels you’ll need. Our recommendation is to use one 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 separate panels. Often, wider panels won’t fit flush against the wall because of their size. Multiple smaller panels don’t have that same issue.

For windows that you’ll want to open or shut regularly, you’re usually better suited with multi-panel shutters, since they’re easier to open and have more support from the frame when you do operate them.

How much does a shutter measurement cost?

With Sunburst Shutters Tampa, all of your window measurements will be done by one of our installers for free as part of your in-home consultation. If you happen to have windows in a difficult to reach area of your home or you have windows with a unique shape, our shutter experts can get you a precise measurement so that your shutters will line up just right with the windows.

During your free shutter consultation, your Sunburst Shutters installer can help you narrow down your options from our wide array of Tampa plantation shutters, featuring choices for louver size, stains, and custom mounts and frames.

So set up your in-home consultation now by calling 813-580-7288 today.