Miami's Frequently Asked Questions About Shutters

For more than 43 years, we’ve received every question about shutters thinkable from our customers in Miami. And we’ve gathered 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 Miami directly. We’re here to aid you and happy to do so.

Which Plantation Shutters Should I Use?

That depends on how you desire the shutters to interact with your home’s décor. Do you want a shutter that contrasts your wall paint color and has clean lines? Polywood® plantation shutters are perfect for you. Or are you looking to duplicate the wood in your home as closely as possible? Ovation® wood shutters are an absolute fit for you.
Plantation shutters are celebrated for being energy efficient. And to get maximum 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 snapping and the loops that hold the slats in place falling apart. And they are difficult to clean.

Shades offer an assortment of colors and unique patterns, changing your window into artwork. Just by pulling up the fabric of the shade, your whole window is exposed and you can see out onto your Miami neighborhood.

Draperies also offer a wide spectrum of color, fabric, and patterns. They are a traditional alternative 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, it’s not necessary to clean draperies for five years.

If you want a window treatment that lasts beyond 10 years, saves you money 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. Actually, 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.

No other window treatment gives you control over privacy and light as plantation shutters do. And with their large louvers, Polywood plantation shutters give your space a clean modern 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 just right, making sure that each one moves smoothly – and doesn’t get damaged throughout.

But before we begin installing your shutters, we bring shutter samples to your home so we can custom fashion 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 tilting them up or down. Generally, a tilt rod mounted on the front of the shutters allows you to adjust the louvers. If you want to move the louvers with your hand, we recommend buying shutters with hidden tilt-rods or rear-mounted tilt rods. This gives your shutters a clean, contemporary appearance.

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. Gently tilt them open and dust them like furniture – or wipe smudges with a moist cloth.

Should I Go Halfway Up My Window with Plantation Shutters?

A half shutter gives 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 fully finished look – and allowing you to 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. That’s also helpful during the day when the sun is hindering you from watching TV. And don’t worry about losing 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.

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

Yes! There’s seldom a need to take out or alter your current window trim when you buy new plantation shutters. Natural Ovation wood shutters and premier Polywood shutters can be customized with an array of frame styles to fit seamlessly into your existing window trim. If your windows have no trim, we offer frame styles to install right onto the wall around your window to fix your gorgeous new shutters to your window opening.

Your shutter installer will measure each of your house’s windows during your free design consultation to make sure that your window trim is beautifully complemented by the frame of your new window treatment.

Where are your shutters made?

Sunburst Shutters Miami is proud to offer a range of shutters 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 saving you money on unnecessary shipping and handling costs, it also gives you the bonus of knowing you’ve chosen an all-American window treatment for your Miami house.

And Polywood isn’t alone in hailing from the U.S.A. Our historic Reclaimed Wood shutters are constructed with lumber repurposed from places across the country, from homespun Southern barn doors to beautiful New England fences and more.

Whats the difference between shutter paints and stains?

The primary divide between paints and stains for shutters is the way the color interacts with the shutter material. Paint sits atop the material it’s coloring, covering the surface. Stains conversely, seep into 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 paints. With stained shutters, the color doesn’t obscure the natural wood grain, so you’re able to see the natural grooves and bumps of the material without it being hidden by a layer of paint.

When it comes time for your in-home shutter consultation, our team will bring paint and stain samples straight to you so you can easily match and complement colors with your current design.

How Long Will It Take To Install Shutters in Miami?

The whole plantation shutter process, from your in-home consultation to finishing your shutter installation, will take approximately four to six weeks on average. The process takes this long because we want to build 100% custom shutters for your windows. Doing that requires us to take precise measurements, utilize sophisticated software to design them, assemble your brand-new shutters manually, and ship them to you prior to installation. Real wood shutters tend to take longer than faux wood due to 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?

We offer a complete in-home shopping experience. We’ll send one of our reps to your home to take precise measurements of your windows, show you your options, and provide an accurate quote. The in-home consultation is 100% free. That’s the best way to start your shutter project. If you’re just looking for a quick estimate, you can submit your window measurements through our contact form, or by calling us at 305-520-7515.

Should I Remove The Trim Before Putting In Shutters?

That’s up to your personal taste. If you want to keep your existing trim, we’re able to build custom shutters to match your current trim. If you like our shutter frames better, then removing trim is fine—but it’s not a necessity. If you want to go without trim or replace your trim, we’ll help you choose the best shutter to fit what you have in mind for your space.

What Are Your Most Popular Shutter Options?

By far our most in-demand shutter options are our classic white Polywood® faux wood plantation shutters, and Ovation® hardwood shutters.

As far as shutter options, the most popular shutter configuration we sell is a 3.5” louver, non-textured finish, with an interior-mount Z-frame. If those words don’t mean anything to you, that’s ok. We’d be happy to show you what all those things mean in person. Schedule your complimentary home consultation and we’ll help you figure out what will work best in your house.

Should I choose a smooth or textured finish for my shutters?

Smooth finish shutters have a more modern look, whereas textured finish shutters look a bit more historic. However the perks to both types of plantation shutter finish are a little deeper, and ultimately it comes down to your own personal preference.

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Benefits of shutters with a smooth finish – A smooth finish to your shutters give you a solid, chic, fashion-forward look. A smooth finish might be what you want if your home has few other wood grain accessories or furniture. A smooth finish makes dust easier to see, compared to a textured finish. We typically recommend a smooth finish for faux wood shutters like Polywood.

Benefits of shutters with a wood grain finish – A textured finish on your shutters gives you a more natural, rustic look to your shutters. That’s ideal if you’re trying to bring the look of nature indoors, especially if you want to match the look of your hardwood flooring. A wood grain on your shutter louvers may also make dust more difficult to see, which means you don’t have to wipe them down as often as you would if they were smooth. A textured finish looks especially great on real wood shutters in Miami.

Whats the best number of shutter panels for each window?

For the most part, the larger the window, the more shutter panels you’ll want on it. The most ideal layout is to use one panel for windows up to 26 inches wide, two panels for windows up to 50 inches wide, and four for windows up to 98 inches wide.

Single wide panels aren’t as user-friendly as two separate panels. Often, wide panel shutters won’t fit flush against the wall due to their size. Two smaller panels fix that.

For those windows that you might open or shut regularly, you’ll be better off with multiple panels, since they’re easier to open and get additional support from the frame when you do operate them.

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

With Sunburst Shutters Miami, all of your measurements for shutters will be done by our team for free as part of your in-home consultation. Even if your window is in a hard to reach area of your house or has a distinct shape, our installers can get you an exact measurement so that the final product will fit your windows seamlessly.

At your complimentary in-home consultation, your Sunburst Shutters rep will help you narrow down your options from our extensive variety of Miami plantation shutters, including choices for louver size, stains, and custom mounts and frames.

So schedule your shutter consultation now by calling 305-520-7515 today.

Will you install shutters on a flush window/window without depth?

Sunburst can help you pick the best shutter for your home, despite how thin your frame. We will use an outside mount installation that affixes to the trim or wall outside the window opening . Your window treatments will still have identical functionality and energy efficiency, and will tie in seamlessly with other window treatments.

What if I have a hanging shutter louver?

If the louver is detached and jutting from the frame, you could have a broken louver pin. To mend this you will want to extract the pin from both the louver and the stile with a pair of needle-nose pliers or a utility knife. Once the pin is withdrawn, put the replacement pin base into the same hole in the shutter stile, then guide the louver onto the pin. To receive replacement louver pins at no cost, just call us at 305-520-7515.

How much do your window treatments cost?

Pricing on plantation shutters depends on the desired product line and window dimensions. While we can offer you a basic quote over the phone, detailed quotes are determined after our complimentary in-person consultation. Call 305-520-7515 to schedule an appointment today.

How do you mend a cracked shutter staple?

To start, clear away the broken staple from the louver with a pair of needle-nose pliers. Then apply some adhesive (like wood glue or epoxy) to cover the legs of a replacement staple. guide the staple into the loop on the louver and slide its legs into the same staple holes on the tilt rod. For extra shutter staples, call us at 305-520-7515.