Oklahoma City’s Frequently Asked Questions About Shutters

For more than 4 years, we’ve received every question about shutters you can imagine from our customers in Oklahoma 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 wait to contact Sunburst Shutters Oklahoma City directly. We’re here to assist you and happy to do so.

Which Plantation Shutters Should I Select?

That depends on how you would like 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 right for you. Or are you looking to copy the wood in your home as closely as possible? Ovation® wood shutters are a better fit for you.
 
Plantation shutters are celebrated 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 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 breaking and the loops that hold the slats in place falling apart. In addition, they might be troublesome to clean.

Shades offer an assortment of colors and unique patterns, transforming 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 Oklahoma City neighborhood.

Draperies also are available in a wide variety of color, fabric, and patterns. They are a traditional choice 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, there’s no need to clean draperies for five years.

If you are searching for a window treatment that lasts over 10 years, saves you actual bucks on your energy bills, and looks exquisite on your windows, shutters are the choice for your home. Not only are shutters durable, but they’re also lovely and energy efficient. In fact, Polywood shutters insulate up to 70% better than a similar wood shutter. That’s energy savings you will miss out on with any other window treatment.

Plantation shutters are unparalleled when it comes to control over privacy and light. And with their large louvers, Polywood plantation shutters give your space a clean contemporary 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 a skilled installation crew that comes to your home and installs your window treatment just right, making sure that each one operates seamlessly – and doesn’t get damaged throughout.

But before we begin installing your shutters, we bring shutter samples to your home so we can custom build 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. Usually, a tilt rod mounted on the front of the shutters gives you control over the louvers. If you want to move the louvers with your hand, we recommend buying shutters with hidden or rear-mounted tilt rods. This gives your shutters a clean, contemporary look.

How Do I Clean My Plantation Shutters?

Plantation shutters are simple to clean because they have large louvers and their tilt bars are either hidden or mounted on the rear. Gently 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 allows 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 polished look – and letting you close the bottom louvers for privacy while leaving the top louvers open for light. At night, you are able to 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 sacrificing any of your view. A 3.5" or 4.5" louver will almost disappear when opened flat and gives you a lot of room to look through.

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

Absolutely! There’s a reason to take out or make alterations to your existing window trim when putting in new plantation shutters. Natural Ovation wood shutters and deluxe Polywood shutters are available in a variety of frame styles to fit easily into your existing 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 shutter installation crew will measure each of your individual windows during your free in-home consultation to ensure that your window trim is perfectly complemented by the frame of your new shutters.

Where are your shutters made?

Sunburst Shutters Oklahoma City is proud to offer a collection of shutters made right here in the U.S.A. Polywood plantation shutters are not only America’s #1-selling shutter, but they’re 100% American-made. Not only does that mean 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 Oklahoma City home.

And it’s not just Polywood that’s from the U.S. Our stunning Reclaimed Wood shutters are constructed with lumber harvested from sources across the country, from homespun Southern barn doors to sturdy Texas ranch fences and more.

What’s the difference between shutter paints and stains?

The primary differentiator between paints and stains for shutters is how the color interacts with the material of the shutter. Paint sits on the top layer of the shutter, covering the surface. Stains conversely, seep into the shutter, bonding to the natural wood or Polywood material.

Both methods come with their individual benefits. There tend to be more color choices for painted shutters. With stained shutters, the color doesn’t obscure the natural wood grain, so you’re able to see the random knots and bumps of the material without it being masked by a layer of paint.

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

How Long Will It Take To Install Shutters in Oklahoma City?

The whole plantation shutter process, from your starting consultation to putting your shutters in, usually takes about four to six weeks on average. The reason it takes this long is because our goal is to build the perfect shutters for your windows. Doing that requires us to take exact measurements, use sophisticated software to design your shutters, assemble your brand-new shutters manually, and deliver them to your home for installation. Shutters made from real wood typically take longer than faux wood because of the extra steps needed to stain and treat the wood.

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

Do I need to send you my shutter measurements?

We offer a total shop-at-home experience. We’ll send one of our reps to your door to get window measurements, walk you through your options, and give you an accurate quote. The shutter consultation is absolutely free. That’s the most effective way to start a shutter project. If you only want a ballpark estimate, you can submit the measurements of your windows through our contact form, or give us a call at 405-300-4664.

Should I Remove The Trim Before Installing 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 your shutters to complement your current trim. If you like our shutter frames better, then you can remove the trim—but it’s not a requirement. If you’re trying to go trimless or replace your trim, we’ll help you choose the right shutter to fit the vision you have in mind for your windows.

Can I Install The Shutters Myself?

If you’re a seasoned handyman, you’re probably familiar with what goes into installing shutters. However, DIY shutters may be a bit tricky for most Oklahoma City homeowners. Our suggestion is to leave the installation to professionals that are certified and insured, that way you won’t be at risk of damaging your shutters, windows, or any other part of your home.

What Are Your Most Popular Shutter Options?

By far our most popular shutter offerings are our classic white Polywood® plantation shutters, and Ovation® natural wood shutters.

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

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

Smooth finish shutters tend to look more fashionable and sleek, whereas shutters with a textured finish look more natural and historic. However the perks to each style of plantation shutter finish go a little bit farther, and ultimately come down to your own personal preference.

Smooth shutter finishTextured shutter finish

Perks of shutters with a smooth finish – A smooth finish to your shutters offer a clean, chic, fashion-forward look. If your home doesn’t have many other wood accessories like hardwood floors or furniture, you might not want a smooth finish. 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 shutters with a wood grain finish – A textured finish on your shutters gives you a more natural, somewhat historic look to your shutters. That’s perfect if you’re trying to bring the beauty of nature inside, especially if you want to accentuate the look of your hardwood flooring. A wood grain on your shutters can also make dust harder to see, which means you won’t need to dust them as frequently as you would if they had a smooth finish. A textured finish looks especially great on real wood shutters in Oklahoma City.

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

For the most part, the larger the window, the more shutter panels you’ll need. Our recommendation is to use a single 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 room-friendly as multiple panels. Often, wide panel shutters can’t fit flush against the wall because of their width. Multiple small panels fix that.

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

How much does a shutter measurement cost?

With Sunburst Shutters Oklahoma City, any and all window measurements will be done for free by one of our installers 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 distinct shape, our shutter pros can get you a precise measurement so that your shutters will fit your windows seamlessly.

At your free in-home consultation, your Sunburst Shutters pro can help you pick from our wide array of Oklahoma City plantation shutters, such as options for finish, stains, and custom framing options.

So schedule your free consultation today by calling 405-300-4664 today.