San Antonio's Frequently Asked Questions About Shutters
For more than 28 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 hesitate to contact Sunburst Shutters San Antonio directly. We’re here to assist you and happy to do so.
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’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 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. Installing thick panels between the drapes and the window provides you with light and temperature block-out capabilities. And unlike other window treatments, it’s not necessary to clean draperies for five years.
If you’re looking for a window treatment that lasts beyond 10 years, saves you real dollars 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 magnificent 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.
When it comes to control over privacy and light, plantation shutters are unmatched. And with their large louvers, Polywood plantation shutters give your space a clean contemporary feel whether they’re closed or open.
A poorly installed window treatment can be challenging to open and can get damaged easily. We have an expert 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.
Your plantation shutter slats – or louvers – can be moved simply by pushing them up or down. Generally, a tilt rod mounted on the front of the shutters lets you adjust the louvers. If you would like to move the louvers with your hand, we suggest buying shutters with hidden tilt-rods or rear-mounted tilt rods. This gives your shutters a clean, contemporary appearance.
Our Polywood shutters last 50+ years – more than any other shutter you can find. That’s why these plantation shutters are a permanent fixture that raises your home’s resale value. Learn more about the durability of our 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. Gently tilt them open and dust them like furniture – or wipe smudges with a damp cloth.
Plantation shutters are custom fashioned to fit your windows just right. They become a permanent fixture of your home, increasing its resale value. These shutters cannot be moved from one house to another.
Plantation shutters are an investment that gives you temperature control, energy efficiency, and privacy. They are custom manufactured and installed on your windows to become permanent fixtures. Not only are they charming and energy saving, but plantation shutters also increase the value of your house. We’ve seen it first hand in San Antonio!
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?
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!
Absolutely! There’s rarely a reason to remove or alter your current window trim when putting in new plantation shutters. Natural Ovation wood shutters and premier 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 shutter installation team will measure each of your house’s windows during your complimentary in-home consultation to ensure that your new shutters will fit perfectly with your window trim.
Sunburst Shutters San Antonio is committed to offering a range of window coverings made right here in America. 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 Polywood isn’t the only shutter 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.
The primary differentiator between a shutter that’s stained or painted is how the color interacts with the material of the shutter. Paint lays atop 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 obscure the natural wood grain, so you can see the random knots and ridges of the material without a layer of paint masking it.
For your in-home shutter consultation, our team will bring paint and stain samples directly to your home so you can easily match and complement colors with your existing interior design.
The complete plantation shutter process, from your in-home consultation to installing the shutters, will take approximately 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 Polywood because of the staining and finishing process.
It will take some time, but it’s a wait that’s well worth it.
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 recommend leaving the installation to our certified and insured professionals, that way you won’t risk damage to your shutters, your windows, or anything else in your house.
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 show you what will work best in your home.
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.
Benefits of shutters with a smooth finish – A smooth finish to your shutters give you a solid, sleek, modern look. A smooth finish might be perfect for you if your home doesn’t have much in the way of wood grain accessories or furniture. 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.Benefits of shutters with a textured or wood grain finish – Shutters with a textured finish give you a more natural look in your home. That’s fantastic if your goal is to bring the beauty of nature indoors, especially if you want to complement the look of your hardwood flooring. A textured finish on your shutter louvers may also make dust harder to see, 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.
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 smaller panels don’t have that problem.
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 more support from the shutter frame when you do open and shut them.
With Sunburst Shutters San Antonio, all of your shutter measurements 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 your shutters will line up just right with the windows.
During your complimentary in-home consultation, your Sunburst Shutters expert can help you choose 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.