Fort Myers's Frequently Asked Questions About Shutters

For more than 22 years, we’ve heard every question about shutters you can think of from our customers in Fort Myers. And we’ve gathered 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 Fort Myers directly. We’re here to help you and happy to do so.

Which Plantation Shutters Should I Use?

That hinges on how you want 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 ideal for you. Or are you looking to duplicate the wood in your home as closely as possible? Ovation® wood shutters are a better 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 Ideal 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. Not to mention, 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 entire window is exposed and you can see out onto your Fort Myers neighborhood.

Draperies also are available in a wide collection of color, fabric, and patterns. They are a traditional alternative for a window treatment. Adding 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 want a window treatment that lasts over 10 years, saves you real dollars on your energy bills, and looks charming on your windows, shutters are the choice for your home. Not only are shutters durable, but they’re also beautiful and energy efficient. Actually, Polywood shutters insulate up to 70% better than a comparable wood shutter. That’s energy savings you won’t find 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 in vogue feel whether they’re closed or open.

How Are Shutters Installed on My Windows?

A poorly installed window treatment can be difficult to open and can get damaged easily. We have a skilled installation crew that comes to your home and installs your window treatment precisely, ensuring that each one functions seamlessly – and doesn’t get damaged when opened and closed.

But before we begin 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 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. 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 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

What it comes down to is 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 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 stopping you from watching TV. And don’t worry about forfeiting any of your view. A 3.5" or 4.5" louver will almost disappear when opened flat and gives you abundant of a view to look through.

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

Absolutely! There’s seldom a need to get rid of or do work on your old window trim when installing new plantation shutters. Natural Ovation wood shutters and patented Polywood shutters are available in an array of frame styles to fit naturally into your current window trim. If your windows have no trim, we also have frame styles available to install right onto the drywall around your window to secure your beautiful new shutters to your window opening.

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

Where are your shutters made?

Sunburst Shutters Fort Myers is happy to provide a collection of window treatments made right here in the U.S.A. Not only are Polywood plantation shutters America’s #1-selling shutter, but they’re 100% made in America. 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 Fort Myers house.

And Polywood isn’t the only shutter that’s from America. Our stunning Reclaimed Wood shutters are constructed using lumber harvested from sources across the country, from rustic Midwest barn doors to sturdy Texas ranch fences and more.

Whats the difference between shutter paints and stains?

The main divide between painted and stained shutters is how the color interacts with the shutter material. Paint sits on top of the material it’s coloring, covering the surface. Stains on the other hand permeate the shutter, becoming a part of the natural wood or faux wood material.

The two color options have their own unique benefits. There are typically a larger number of color options for painted shutters. With stained shutters, the color won’t obscure the natural wood grain, so you can see the natural knots and ridges of the material without a layer of paint masking it.

When it comes time for your in-home shutter consultation, our team will bring samples of all our color options right to your door so you can perfectly match and complement colors with your current design.

How Long Will It Take To Get Shutters in Fort Myers?

The whole plantation shutter process, from your initial consultation to installing the shutters, will take around four to six weeks. The process takes this long because we strive to build shutters that are perfectly customized to every facet of your windows. Doing that requires us to take exact measurements, make use of advanced software to design your shutters, assemble your custom shutters manually, and deliver them to you prior to installation. Wood shutters tend to take longer because of the staining and finishing process.

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

Do I need to send Sunburst my shutter measurements?

Sunburst Shutters Fort Myers offers a complete shop-at-home experience. We’ll send shutter expert to your door to get window measurements, discuss your options, and provide an accurate quote. The design consultation is absolutely free. That’s the easiest way to start your window treatment project. If you’re just looking for a simple estimate, you can give us the measurements of your windows either by phone or through our contact form.

Do I Need To Remove The Trim Before Installing Shutters?

That’s up to your personal taste. If you want to keep the trim you already have, we can build your shutters to fit with your current trim. If you prefer our shutter frames, then removing trim is fine—but it’s not a requirement. If you want to go without trim or replace your trim, we’ll help you find the right shutter to fit your perfect vision.

Can I DIY Install Shutters?

If you’re an experienced handyman, you might be familiar with what goes into installing shutters. However, taking on DIY shutters may be a bit tricky for most Fort Myers homeowners. We would suggest leaving the installation to our certified and insured professionals, so you won’t be at risk of damaging your shutters, windows, or injuring yourself.

What Are Sunbursts Most Popular Shutter Options?

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

Beyond that, the most popular shutter configuration we sell is a 3.5” louver, smooth finish, with an interior-mount Z-frame. If those words don’t mean anything to you, that’s ok. We’d be happy to demonstrate what all those things mean in person. Schedule a free in-home consultation and we’ll help you find what would look best in your home.

Whats better: a smooth finish or textured finish for shutters?

Shutters with a smooth finish tend to look more fashionable and sophisticated, while shutters with a textured finish look more natural and historic. However the benefits to both types of plantation shutter finish go a little bit farther, and in the end come down to your own personal preference.

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Perks of a smooth finish for shutters – A smooth finish to your shutters give you a solid, sleek, sophisticated look. If your home doesn’t have many other wood accessories like hardwood floors or furniture, you may not want a smooth finish. A smooth finish makes dust easier to see, in comparison with a wood grain finish. We usually recommend a smooth finish for faux wood shutters like Polywood.

Perks of shutters with a textured finish – Shutters with a textured finish give you a more natural look in your home. That’s awesome if you want to bring the look of nature inside, especially if you want to match the look of your hardwood flooring. A wood grain on your shutters will also make dust more difficult to see, which means you can wait a little longer between regular cleanings. A textured finish looks especially great on real wood shutters in Fort Myers.

How many shutter panels do I need for each window?

Usually, the larger the window, the more shutter panels you’ll want on it. The most ideal layout is to use a single 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 room-friendly as multiple separate panels. Often, wide panel shutters won’t fit flush against the wall due to their width. Multiple small panels fix that.

For windows that you may open or shut often, you’ll be better off with multi-panel shutters, since they’re easier to open and get better support from the shutter frame when you do operate them.

How much will it cost to have my windows measured?

With Sunburst Shutters Fort Myers, any and all measurements for shutters will be done by one of our installers for free as part of your in-home consultation. Even if your window is in a difficult to reach area of your home or has a distinct shape, our installers can get you an exact measurement so that the shutters you get will line up just right with the windows.

At your complimentary in-home consultation, your Sunburst Shutters rep can help you pick from our extensive variety of Fort Myers plantation shutters, featuring choices for finish, stain colors, and custom mounts and frames.

So set up your shutter consultation today by calling 239-208-6577 today.

Should you install shutters on a flush window/window short of depth?

Sunburst can help you find the ideal shutter for your rooms, despite how narrow your frame. We will use an outside mount installation that attaches to the trim or wall outside the window opening . Your window treatments will still have equivalent performance and energy efficiency, and will integrate superbly into your design scheme.

What if I have a broken shutter louver?

If the louver is separated and hanging from the frame, you could have a busted louver pin. To fix this you need to take out the pin from both the louver and the stile with a set of needle-nose pliers or a utility knife. Once the pin is taken out, stick the undamaged pin base into the old hole in the shutter stile, then direct the louver onto the pin. To receive extra louver pins at no cost, just call us at 239-208-6577.

How much do your shutters cost?

Pricing on plantation shutters hinges on the chosen product line and window measurements. While we can offer you an estimate over the phone, detailed prices are offered after our no cost in-person consultation. Call 239-208-6577 to ask for an appointment today.

How do you fix a broken shutter staple?

Locate and pull out the damaged staple from the louver with a pair of needle-nose pliers. Then apply some adhesive (like wood glue or epoxy) to coat the legs of a replacement staple. Thread the staple into the loop on the louver and guide its legs into the same staple holes on the tilt rod. For extra shutter staples, call us at 239-208-6577.