Colorado Springs's Frequently Asked Questions About Shutters

For more than 24 years, we’ve been asked every question about shutters imaginable from our customers in Colorado Springs. And we’ve gathered 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 wait to contact Sunburst Shutters Colorado Springs directly. We’re here to assist you and happy to do so.

Which Plantation Shutters Should I Choose?

That hinges on how you desire the shutters to mesh with your home’s décor. Do you want a shutter that contrasts your wall paint color and has clean lines? Polywood® plantation shutters are ideal for you. Or are you looking to replicate 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 most 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. And they are difficult to clean.

Shades offer a variety of colors and unique patterns, changing your window into artwork. By effortlessly pulling up the fabric of the shade, your whole window is exposed and you can see out onto your Colorado Springs neighborhood.

Draperies also offer a wide variety of color, fabric, and patterns. They are a traditional option for a window treatment. Adding 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 actual bucks 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 elegant and energy efficient. In fact, Polywood shutters insulate up to 70% better than a comparable wood shutter. That’s energy savings you will miss out on 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 improperly installed window treatment can be tough 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, making sure that each one functions seamlessly – and doesn’t get damaged when opened and closed.

But before we get to installing your shutters, we bring shutter samples to your home so we can custom craft 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 simply by tilting them up or down. Most commonly, a tilt rod mounted on the front of the shutters allows you to adjust the louvers. If you want to move the louvers with your hand, we propose buying shutters with hidden or rear-mounted tilt rods. This gives your shutters a clean, contemporary feel.

How Do I Clean My Plantation Shutters?

Plantation shutters are a breeze 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 damp 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 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 fully finished look – and allowing you to close the bottom louvers for privacy while leaving the top louvers open for light. At night, you can close the top louvers as well for privacy and security. It’s also convenient during the day when the sun is preventing you from watching TV. And don’t worry about forgoing 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.

Can I keep my existing window trim if I install shutters?

Absolutely! There’s almost never a need to get rid of or alter your existing window trim when installing new plantation shutters. Natural Ovation wood shutters and premier Polywood shutters are available in an array of frame styles to fit easily 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 secure your gorgeous new shutters to your window opening.

Your installer will measure each of your home’s windows during your complimentary design consultation to ensure that your new shutters will fit perfectly with your window trim.

Where are your shutters made?

Sunburst Shutters Colorado Springs is proud to offer a collection of window coverings made right here in the U.S.A. Our top-selling Polywood plantation shutters are 100% American-made, from the manufacturing of our patented Polywood material to the construction of the shutters themselves. Not only does that result in savings passed on to you from cutting unnecessary shipping and handling costs, it also gives you the benefit of knowing you’ve chosen an all-American product for your Colorado Springs house.

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

Whats the difference between shutter paints and stains?

The main divide between a shutter that’s stained or painted is how the shutter material interacts with the color. Paint lays on the top layer of the material it’s coloring, just coating the surface. Stains on the other hand permeate the shutter, bonding to the natural wood or faux wood material.

Both methods come with their individual benefits. There tend to be a larger number of color options for painted shutters. With stained shutters, the color doesn’t interfere with the natural wood grain, so you’re able to see the natural knots and ridges of the material without it being hidden by a layer of paint.

For your in-home window design consultation, our team will bring paint and stain samples directly to your home so you can easily match and complement colors with your current design.

How Long Will It Take To Get Shutters in Colorado Springs?

The entire plantation shutter process, beginning with your in-home consultation through putting your shutters in, will take approximately four to six weeks. The process takes this long because our goal is to build shutters that are completely customized to your windows. Doing that requires us to take exact measurements, utilize advanced software to design your shutters, assemble your brand-new shutters manually, and ship them to you prior to installation. Wood shutters will usually take longer because of the staining and finishing process.

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

Do I need to send Sunburst my shutter measurements?

Sunburst Shutters Colorado Springs offers a total shop-at-home experience. So we send one of our reps to your door to get window measurements, walk you through your options, and give you a quote. The design consultation is 100% free. That’s the easiest way to start a window treatment project. If you only need a ballpark estimate, you can give us your window measurements through our contact form, or give us a call at 303-625-6431.

Do I Need To 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 trim in place, we can build your shutters to complement your current trim. If you prefer our shutter frames, then removing trim is fine—but it’s not a necessity. If you want to go without trim or replace your trim, your Sunburst installer can help you choose the right shutter to match your perfect vision.

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.

As far as shutter options, the most popular shutter configuration we sell is a 3.5” louver, non-textured finish, and a Z-frame. If none of that makes any sense, that’s ok. We’d be delighted to demonstrate what all that means in person. Set up your complimentary home consultation and we’ll help you find what would work best in your house.

Should I choose a smooth or wood-grain finish for my shutters?

Smooth finish shutters have a more chic look, while shutters with a textured finish look a bit more historic. However the perks to both types of plantation shutter finish go a little bit farther, and in the end it comes down to your own personal preference.

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Perks of shutters with a smooth finish – A smooth finish to your shutters offer a solid, sleek, modern look. If you don’t have many other wood accessories like hardwood floors or exposed beams, you might not want a smooth finish. A smooth finish is easier to see when it needs dusting, compared to a wood grain finish. We typically recommend a smooth finish for faux wood shutters like Polywood.

Perks of shutters with a textured finish – A textured finish on your shutters offers a more natural, somewhat historic look to your shutters. That’s fantastic if you’re trying to bring the look of nature indoors, particularly if you want to complement the look of your hardwood flooring. A textured finish on your shutters can also make it harder to see dust, meaning you won’t need to dust them as often as you would if they had a smooth finish. A textured finish looks especially great on real wood shutters in Colorado Springs.

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 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 are not as room-friendly as multiple panels. Sometimes, wide panel shutters won’t fit flush against the wall due to their width. Multiple small panels solve that problem.

For windows that you may open or shut often, you’ll be better off with multiple panels, since they’re easier to open and have additional support from the frame when you do operate them.

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

With Sunburst Shutters Colorado Springs, any and all 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 hard to reach area of your house or you have windows with a unique shape, our installers can get you a precise measurement so that the final product 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 array of Colorado Springs plantation shutters, featuring options for finish, stains, and custom framing options.

So set up your in-home consultation today by calling 303-625-6431 today.

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

Sunburst can assist you in picking the ideal shutter for your home, despite how small your frame. We will use an outside mount installation that connects to the trim or wall outside the window cavity . Your shutters will still have identical capabilities and energy efficiency, and will integrate seamlessly into your design scheme.

What if I have a broken shutter louver?

If the louver is disconnected and hanging from the frame, you likely have a damaged louver pin. To mend this you will want to remove the pin from both the louver and the stile with a pair of needle-nose pliers or a utility knife. Once the damaged pin is withdrawn, put the undamaged pin base into the old hole in the shutter stile, then direct the louver onto the pin. To receive extra complementary louver pins, just call us at 303-625-6431.

How much do your shutters cost?

The cost of plantation shutters revolves on the desired product line and window measurements. While we can present you an estimate over the phone, complete quotes are determined after our complimentary in-person consultation. Call 303-625-6431 to ask for an appointment today.

How do you fix a damaged shutter staple?

To start, remove the damaged staple away from the louver with some of needle-nose pliers. Then dab on some adhesive (like wood glue or epoxy) to coat the legs of a new staple. Thread the staple into the loop on the louver and direct its legs into the previous staple holes on the tilt rod. For replacement shutter staples, call us at 303-625-6431.