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Are DIY Plantation Shutters A Smart Plan For Your Southern California House?

January 20, 2016

DIY plantation shutters for your Southern California house is potentially a savvy idea initially. You purchase the shutters, and you try to install them based on the instructions included.

Unlike other home improvement projects, there are hundreds of ways to commit vital missteps when mounting plantation shutters. You could measure the window inaccurately or break something while setting up the shutters. The shutters product will then become inoperable or the material will be ruined. And you’ll have to purchase all the parts again.

Without the experience, the finishing touches, and the tools, you’re more likely to make a mistake. Is the cost of a mistake worth it? When it comes to DIY plantation shutters, it’s not. Read on for 5 more reasons why DIY plantation shutters are not a savvy solution for your Southern California residence.

1. The Right Shutter Product

The store you order shutters from is unlikely to have the products you’re interested in. In addition, they may not assist you in figuring out what works best for a specific room. Plantation shutters that work in the dining room may not work in the bathroom where they’d be subjected to high humidity. And keep in mind that not all shutter products fit all windows.

Our professionals assist you in selecting the right shutters with the right frame and the right options so they last a lifetime. We offer you these premium shutter products: Polywood® shutters (the best-selling plantation shutters in America) and Ovation® shutters (five star rated wood shutters).

2. Different Window Shapes

Bedroom with blue paint and white plantation shutters

You may have noticed how the windows in your home are not the same size. And they may even be special shapes, like arched, circle, octagon, and triangle.

Most vendors and online stores only offer plantation shutters for rectangle shaped windows. They won’t have specialty shaped shutters because there’s a high likelihood for mistakes in measurement. If they do carry them and your measurements are wrong, the shutters will be too big for the window. This is where most mistakes are made with DIY plantation shutters.

And even worse, DIY plantation shutters for a uniquely shaped window could lead to shutters that don’t open and close with ease. You could also set up the shutter in a way that doesn’t give the louvers space to tilt easily.

Our professionals measure the length and width of your window - and each angle in between. This ensures that your odd shaped indoor shutters fit perfectly. Then, using computer software and technology and relying on 40+ years of experience in the window shutter industry, we make your interior shutters to complement your specialty shaped windows flawlessly.

3. Challenging Window Types

Some windows tilt in or slide. Others use a crank. If you don’t leave enough room between the window and the shutter panels when installing your DIY plantation shutters, you’ll be dealing with a window that won’t tilt in and a crank that is not accessible.

Our professionals have seen every type of window out there. They’ve installed indoor shutters on sliding glass doors, bay windows, double hung windows, windows with cranks, French doors - and more! We’ll make sure to set up the indoor shutters you need in the right louver size so that you can use your shutters - and window - effectively.

4. Attention To Detail

Each angle, each piece, each one eighth inch is pivotal when mounting plantation shutters yourself. You’ll want to pay close attention to all the details. If the louvers bind and the panel is not level, the window shutters will have limited functionality, big gaps, and tightness all over. These problems can lead to abnormal depreciation of the shutters. Not to mention, the shutter panels might not operate smoothly.

If DIY plantation shutters are not set up squarely, there’s a possibility that too much pressure can build up from the usage and the weight. And this may cause the shutters to break.

Reduce the stress involved in this home improvement project by hiring specialists to set up your plantation shutters in Southern California. A handful of local stores, like Sunburst Shutters Southern CA, have a white glove service. We’ve been mounting plantation shutters for more than 40 years. Our experts take care of each and every detail of the mounting process to ensure that your plantation shutters are beautifully finished every time - and operate effortlessly. You don’t have to tell us to wear protective booties over our shoes (or watch for that fancy vase). That’s because we treat your residence with the same attention we bring to your windows.

5. Overall Cost

At first, the main cost of DIY plantation shutters seems to be the shutter product only. However, the costs of additional shutter parts, materials to apply the finishing touches, and the tools needed add up faster than you think. And that’s without mentioning the stress and physical demands of this whole installation process. Can you handle the actual cost of DIY plantation shutters?

Hire A Plantation Shutters Professional In Southern California Today

Shutters professional installing Polywood shutters

Where DIY plantation shutters are concerned in Southern California, it’s an undertaking for the specialists at Sunburst Shutters Southern CA. We’ll drive out to your house and guide you through the process of choosing the plantation shutters that go with your taste. And we’ll note the measurements of your windows accurately so we can build your plantation shutters to look stunning and open and close beautifully. Why don’t you let us worry about the installation details?. You’ll love how beautiful your plantation shutters look when we’re done! (And you barely had to lift a finger.)

Call us at 888-611-2474 or fill out the form below to schedule your free in-home consultation today!