Southern California’s Frequently Asked Questions About Shutters

For more than 22 years, we’ve received every question about shutters you can think of from our customers in Southern California. And we’ve collected the top ten of them here. There’s a good chance that in these questions and answers you’ll find answers to questions of your own. If not, please don’t wait to contact Sunburst Shutters Southern CA directly. We’re here to assist you and happy to do so.

Which Plantation Shutters Should I Pick?

That is based 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 perfect for you. Or are you looking to duplicate the wood in your home as closely as possible? Ovation® wood shutters are the ultimate 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 Ideal 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. In addition, they’re not easy to clean.

Shades offer a variety of colors and unique patterns, transforming your window into artwork. Just by pulling up the fabric of the shade, your whole window is exposed and you can see out onto your Southern California neighborhood.

Draperies also come in a wide assortment of color, fabric, and patterns. They are a traditional alternative for a window treatment. Installing thick panels between the drapes and the window gives you light and temperature block-out capabilities. And unlike other window treatments, you won’t have to clean draperies for five years.

If you’re looking for a window treatment that lasts beyond 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 beautiful 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 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 house a clean modern 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, making sure that each one functions flawlessly – and doesn’t get damaged throughout.

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 without difficulty by pushing them up or down. Usually, a tilt rod mounted on the front of the shutters lets you 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 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 right 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 fully finished look – and giving you the option to 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 sacrificing any of your view. A 3.5" or 4.5" louver will almost disappear when opened flat and gives you abundant room to look through.

How Do I Order Shutters from Sunburst Shutters Southern CA?

Easy! Call us at 888-611-2474 or fill out the form below to schedule your free in-home consultation, and we’ll handle it from there. We come out to your home to measure the windows you want to shutter and bring samples of all of our shutter products and their available options. Once you’ve selected a shutter that matches your style, we can provide you with the appropriate shutter price for your project. Schedule your in-home consultation today!

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

Yes! There’s almost never a need to remove or alter your existing window trim when you buy new plantation shutters. Natural Ovation wood shutters and patented Polywood shutters are offered in an array of frame styles to fit seamlessly into your current window trim. If your windows are trimless, we offer frame styles to install right onto the drywall around your window to secure your beautiful new shutters to your window opening.

Your shutter installer will measure each of your home’s windows during your free design consultation to ensure that your window trim is tastefully complemented by the frame of your new shutters.

Where are Sunburst Shutters’ products made?

Sunburst Shutters Southern CA is happy to provide a collection of window treatments made right here in the U.S.A. Our marquee Polywood plantation shutters are 100% made in America, from the manufacturing of our patented Polywood material to the building of the shutters themselves. Not only does that result in saving you money on unnecessary shipping and handling costs, it also gives you the benefit of knowing you’re choosing an all-American window treatment for your Southern California house.

And Polywood isn’t the only shutter that’s from the U.S.A. Our stunning Reclaimed Wood shutters are constructed with lumber gathered from places across the country, from homespun Southern barn doors to beautiful New England fences and more.

What’s the difference between painted and stained shutters?

The main differentiator between painted and stained shutters is the way the color interacts with the shutter material. Paint sits on the top layer of the material it’s coloring, covering the surface. Stains on the other hand penetrate the shutter, bonding to the natural wood or faux wood material.

Both methods come with their individual benefits. There are typically a larger number of color options for painted shutters. With stained shutters, the color doesn’t obscure the natural wood grain, so you’re able to see the natural grooves and bumps of the material without a layer of paint masking it.

For your in-home window design consultation, we’ll bring paint and stain samples right to your door so you can perfectly match and complement colors with your current design.