Salt Lake City's Frequently Asked Questions About Shutters

For more than 3 years, we’ve received every question about shutters you can think of from our customers in Salt Lake City. 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 be reluctant to contact Sunburst Shutters Salt Lake City directly. We’re here to aid you and happy to do so.

Which Plantation Shutters Should I Use?

That depends on how you want the shutters to interact with 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 duplicate the wood in your home as closely as possible? Ovation® wood shutters are a better fit for you.
Plantation shutters are recognized for being energy efficient. And to get the greatest 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. In addition, they might be troublesome to clean.

Shades offer a variety of colors and unique patterns, transforming 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 Salt Lake City neighborhood.

Draperies also are available 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 allows for light and temperature block-out capabilities. And unlike other window treatments, it’s not necessary to clean draperies for five years.

If you want a window treatment that lasts beyond 10 years, saves you actual bucks 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.

No other window treatment gives you control over privacy and light as plantation shutters do. And with their large louvers, Polywood plantation shutters give your space 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 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 precisely, double checking that each one operates perfectly – and doesn’t get damaged throughout.

But before we begin 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 effortlessly by adjusting 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 suggest buying shutters with hidden tilt-rods or rear-mounted tilt rods. This gives your shutters a clean, contemporary look.

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. 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 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 appropriate look for a plantation shutter?

Cafe Shutters Cafe Style Shutters With Divider

Ultimately, 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 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. This also comes in handy during the day when the sun is preventing 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 a lot of of a view to look through.

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

Absolutely! There’s rarely a need to take out or do work on your current window trim when you buy new plantation shutters. Natural Ovation wood shutters and patented Polywood shutters are available in a variety of frame styles to fit naturally into your current window trim. If your windows are trimless, you can choose a specific frame style to install directly onto the wall around your window to secure your beautiful new shutters to your window opening.

Your Sunburst Shutters installer will measure each of your house’s windows during your complimentary in-home consultation to ensure that your new shutters will fit gorgeously with your window trim.

Where are Sunburst Shutters products made?

Sunburst Shutters Salt Lake City is committed to offering a collection of shutters made right here in the U.S. Our popular Polywood plantation shutters are 100% made in America, from the creation of our patented Polywood material to the building of the shutters themselves. Not only does that mean a lower final price without unnecessary shipping and handling costs, it also gives you the benefit of knowing you’re choosing an all-American product for your Salt Lake City home.

And it’s not just Polywood that’s from America. Our stunning Reclaimed Wood shutters are constructed using lumber harvested from places across the country, from rustic Midwest barn doors to sturdy Texas ranch fences and more.

Whats the difference between painted and stained shutters?

The main differentiator between paints and stains for shutters is how the color interacts with the shutter material. Paint sits atop the material it’s coloring, 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 more color choices for painted shutters. With stained shutters, the color doesn’t lie over the natural wood grain, so you can see the natural grooves and ridges 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 all our color options right to your door so you can easily match and complement colors with your existing interior design.

How Long Does It Take To Get Shutters in Salt Lake City?

The entire plantation shutter process, beginning with your initial consultation through installation, will take around four to six weeks. The reason it takes this long is because we strive to build shutters that are completely customized to your windows. To do that, we need to take precise measurements, use sophisticated software to design your shutters, assemble your brand-new shutters manually, and deliver them to you prior to installation. Real wood shutters tend to take longer than faux wood because of the extra steps needed to stain and treat the wood.

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

Do I need to send Sunburst my shutter measurements?

Sunburst Shutters Salt Lake City offers a start to finish in-home shopping experience. We’ll send shutter expert to your door to get window measurements, discuss your options, and give you an accurate quote. The in-home consultation is totally free. That’s the easiest way to start a shutter project. If you only need a ballpark estimate, you can send us your window measurements through our contact form, or give us a call at 801-515-3598.

Should I Remove The Trim Before Putting In Shutters?

Whether or not to remove the trim depends on your personal style. If you want to keep your existing trim, we can build your shutters to fit with your current trim. If you prefer our shutter frames, then you can remove the trim—but it’s not a requirement. If you’re trying to go trimless or replace your trim, we can help you find the right option to match the vision you have in mind for your windows.

Can I DIY Install Shutters?

If you’re an experienced DIYer, you might be familiar with what goes into installing shutters. However, taking on DIY shutters can be a little complex for most Salt Lake City residents. We would suggest leaving the installation to our certified and insured professionals, so you won’t risk damage to your shutters, windows, or injuring yourself.

What Are Your Most Popular Shutter Options?

By far our most in-demand shutter products are our classic white Polywood® plantation shutters, and Ovation® real wood shutters.

More specifically, the most common shutter configuration we sell is a 3 ½” louver, smooth finish, with a Z-frame. If none of that makes any sense, that’s ok. We’ll be delighted to show you what all that means in person. Schedule a free in-home consultation and we’ll help you figure out what would look best in your home.

Is a smooth finish or textured finish better for shutters?

Shutters with a smooth finish have a more chic look, whereas shutters with a textured finish look more natural and historic. However the benefits to both types of plantation shutter finish are a little deeper, and in the end come down to your own personal preference.

Smooth shutter finishTextured shutter finish

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 surfaces 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 typically recommend a smooth finish for faux wood shutters like Polywood.

Benefits of a wood grain finish for shutters – A textured finish on your shutters gives you a more natural, wood-like look to your shutters. That’s ideal if you want to bring the look of nature inside, particularly if you want to accentuate the look of your hardwood flooring. A wood grain on your shutter louvers will also make it more difficult to see dust, meaning you won’t need to wipe them down as often as you would if they had a smooth finish. A wood-grain finish looks especially great on real wood shutters in Salt Lake City.

How many shutter panels do I need for each window?

Usually, the bigger your window is, the more shutter panels you’ll want on it. Our recommendation is to use a single panel for windows up to 26 inches wide, two panels for windows up to 50 inches wide, and four for windows up to 98 inches wide.

Single wide panels are not as room-friendly as multiple separate panels. Sometimes, wide panel shutters won’t fit flush against the wall because of their width. Multiple smaller panels don’t have that same issue.

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

How much will it cost to have my windows measured for shutters?

With Sunburst Shutters Salt Lake City, any and all measurements for shutters will be done by one of our installers for free as part of your in-home consultation. Even if your window is in a hard to reach place in your house or has a distinct shape, our shutter pros can get you a precise measurement so that your shutters will line up just right with the windows.

At your complimentary shutter consultation, your Sunburst Shutters expert can help you narrow down your options from our extensive variety of Salt Lake City plantation shutters, including choices for louver size, stain colors, and custom framing options.

So schedule your free consultation today by calling 801-515-3598 today.

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

Sunburst can help you pick the perfect shutter for your windows, regardless of how thin your frame. We will utilize an outside mount installation that affixes to the trim or wall outside the window cavity . Your shutters will still have equivalent functionality and energy efficiency, and will tie in superbly into your design scheme.

What if I have a broken shutter louver?

If the louver is separated and hanging from the frame, you likely have a damaged louver pin. To repair this you should take out the pin from both the louver and the stile with a set of needle-nose pliers or a utility knife. Once everything is taken out, stick the replacement pin base into the old hole in the shutter stile, then guide the louver onto the pin. To receive additional louver pins at no cost, just call us at 801-515-3598.

How much do your window treatments cost?

The cost of plantation shutters hinges on the selected product line and window area. While we can present you a basic quote over the phone, detailed costs are offered after our free in-person consultation. Call 801-515-3598 to make an appointment today.

How do you mend a damaged shutter staple?

Locate and pull out the snapped staple out of the louver with some of needle-nose pliers. Then use some adhesive (like wood glue or epoxy) to cover the legs of a replacement staple. Thread the staple through the loop on the louver and slide its legs into the same staple holes on the tilt rod. For extra shutter staples, call us at 801-515-3598.