San Antonio’s Frequently Asked Questions About Shutters

For more than 22 years, we’ve heard every question about shutters thinkable from our customers in San Antonio. And we’ve collected 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 San Antonio directly. We’re here to assist you and happy to do so.

Which Plantation Shutters Should I Select?

That hinges on how you would like the shutters to relate to 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 the ultimate 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 Best Window Treatment?

For the budget-conscious, blinds are a temporary window treatment to cover your windows. They are susceptible to deteriorating over time with the strings giving way and the loops that hold the slats in place falling apart. And 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 full window is exposed and you can see out onto your San Antonio neighborhood.

Draperies also come in a wide array of color, fabric, and patterns. They are a traditional choice for a window treatment. Placing thick panels between the drapes and the window provides you with 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 over 10 years, saves you real dollars on your energy bills, and looks elegant on your windows, shutters are the choice for your home. Not only are shutters durable, but they’re also magnificent and energy efficient. In fact, Polywood shutters insulate up to 70% better than a comparable 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 contemporary feel whether they’re closed or open.

How Are Shutters Installed on My Windows?

A poorly installed window treatment can be challenging to open and can get damaged easily. We have a skilled installation crew that comes to your home and installs your window treatment with great accuracy, ensuring that each one functions perfectly – and doesn’t get damaged in the process.

But before we start 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 adjusting them up or down. Generally, 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 or rear-mounted tilt rods. This gives your shutters a clean, contemporary look.

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. Merely 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 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

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 well-rounded 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. This also comes in handy during the day when the sun is stopping 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 a lot of room to look through.

How Do I Order Shutters from Sunburst Shutters San Antonio?

Easy! Call us at 210-876-0377 or fill out the form below to schedule your free in-home consultation, and we’ll take it from there. We come out to your home to measure the windows you want to add shutters to 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 best shutter estimate for your project. Schedule your in-home consultation today!

Will I be able to keep my old window trim when I install shutters?

Absolutely! There’s rarely a reason to get rid of or make alterations to your old window trim when putting in new plantation shutters. Natural Ovation wood shutters and deluxe Polywood shutters are offered in an array of frame styles to fit naturally into your existing window trim. If your windows have no trim, we also have frame styles available to install right onto the wall around your window to secure your beautiful new shutters to your window opening.

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

Where are your shutters made?

Sunburst Shutters San Antonio is proud to offer a range of window coverings made right here in the U.S.A. Not only are Polywood plantation shutters America’s #1-selling shutter, but they’re 100% American-made. Not only does that result in a lower final price without unnecessary shipping and handling costs, it also gives you the benefit of knowing you’ve chosen an all-American shutter for your San Antonio house.

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

What’s the difference between shutter paints and stains?

The primary differentiator between a shutter that’s stained or painted is how the material of the shutter interacts with the color. Paint lays on top of the material it’s coloring, covering the surface. Stains conversely, permeate the shutter, bonding to the natural wood or Polywood material.

The two color options have their own unique benefits. There are usually a larger number of color choices for painted shutters. With stained shutters, the color won’t lie over the natural wood grain, so you can see the random knots and ridges of the material without it being masked by a layer of paint.

For your in-home shutter consultation, our team will bring samples of our stain and paint options directly to your home so you can perfectly color match with your current design.

How Long Will It Take To Install Shutters in San Antonio?

The whole plantation shutter process, beginning with your starting consultation through installing the shutters, will take about four to six weeks on average. The process takes this long because we strive to build 100% custom shutters for your windows. Doing that requires us to take precise measurements, utilize sophisticated software to design your shutters, assemble your custom shutters manually, and get them to your home for installation. Real wood shutters typically take longer than faux wood because of the added steps of staining and finishing the wood.

It will take some time, but it’s definitely worth the wait.

Do I need to send my shutter measurements to Sunburst?

Sunburst Shutters San Antonio offers a total shop-at-home experience. So we send one of our reps to you to measure all your windows, walk you through your options, and give you an accurate quote. The design consultation is totally free. That’s the best way to start a window treatment project. If you only need a rough estimate, you can give us your window measurements through our contact form, or give us a call at 210-876-0377.

Should I Remove The Trim Before Installing Shutters?

The answer will depend on your personal style. If you want to keep the trim you already have, we can build custom shutters to match your current trim. If you prefer our shutter frames, then you can remove the trim—but it’s not a necessity. If you want to go without trim or replace your trim, we can help you find the right shutter to match what you have in mind for your space.

Can I DIY Install Shutters?

If you’re a seasoned handyperson, you’re probably familiar with what goes into installing shutters. However, DIY shutters may be a tad tricky for most San Antonio residents. We would suggest leaving the installation to our certified and insured professionals, that way you won’t risk damage to your shutters, your windows, or injuring yourself.

What Are Sunburst’s Most Popular Shutter Options?

Far and away our most popular shutter offerings are our classic white Polywood® plantation shutters, and Ovation® wood shutters.

Beyond that, the most common shutter configuration we sell is a 3.5” louver, smooth finish, with a Z-frame. If all that information is confusing, that’s ok. We’d be happy to demonstrate what all that means in person. Schedule a free home consultation and we’ll help you figure out what will work best in your home.

What’s better for shutters: a smooth finish or wood-grain finish?

Smooth finish shutters have a more chic look, whereas shutters with a textured finish look more natural and historic. However the benefits to each style of plantation shutter finish go a little bit farther, and in the end come down to your own style.

Smooth shutter finishTextured shutter finish

Perks of shutters with a smooth finish – A smooth finish to your shutters give you a solid, sleek, modern look. If your home doesn’t have any other wood accessories 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 wood grain finish. We typically recommend a smooth finish for faux wood shutters like Polywood.

Perks of shutters with a textured or wood grain finish – A wood grain finish on your shutters offers a more natural, somewhat historic look to your shutters. That’s great if you’re trying to bring the beauty of nature indoors, especially if you want to complement the look of your hardwood furniture. A textured finish on your shutter louvers will 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 San Antonio.

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

For the most part, the the large the surface area of your window, the more shutter panels you’ll need. The optimal design is to use one panel for windows up to 26” wide, two panels for windows up to 50” wide, and four for windows up to 98” wide.

Single wide panels are not as user-friendly as two separate panels. Sometimes, wide panel shutters won’t fit flush against the wall due to their size. Multiple small panels fix that.

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

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

With Sunburst Shutters San Antonio, all of your measurements for shutters will be done for free by our team as part of your in-home consultation. If you happen to have windows in a hard to reach place in your house or you have windows with a distinct shape, our shutter pros can get you an exact measurement so that the final product will line up just right with the windows.

During your complimentary in-home consultation, your Sunburst Shutters expert can help you narrow down your options from our wide array of San Antonio plantation shutters, including choices for finish, stains, and custom framing options.

So schedule your in-home consultation today by calling 210-876-0377 today.