St. George's Frequently Asked Questions About Shutters

For more than 30 years, we’ve been asked every question about shutters imaginable from our customers in St. George. And we’ve put together 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 be reluctant to contact Sunburst Shutters St. George directly. We’re here to assist you and happy to do so.

Which Plantation Shutters Should I Choose?

That depends 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 perfect for you. Or are you looking to replicate the wood in your home as closely as possible? Ovation® wood shutters are a better fit for you.
 
Plantation shutters are known for being energy efficient. And to get the most 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. Chances are they will deteriorate over time with the strings snapping 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. By effortlessly pulling up the fabric of the shade, your whole window is exposed and you can see out onto your St. George neighborhood.

Draperies also are available in a wide array of color, fabric, and patterns. They are a traditional alternative for a window treatment. Installing thick panels between the drapes and the window gives you light and temperature block-out capabilities. And unlike other window treatments, there’s no rush to clean draperies for five years.

If you are searching for a window treatment that lasts more than 10 years, saves you money on your energy bills, and looks lovely on your windows, shutters are the choice for your home. Not only are shutters durable, but they’re also elegant and energy efficient. As a matter of fact, Polywood shutters insulate up to 70% better than a comparable 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?

An inappropriately installed window treatment can be difficult to open and can get damaged easily. We have an expert installation crew that comes to your home and installs your window treatment exactly, ensuring that each one moves flawlessly – and doesn’t get damaged throughout.

But before we get to 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 easily by pushing them up or down. Most commonly, a tilt rod mounted on the front of the shutters gives you control over the louvers. If you would like to move the louvers with your hand, we advise buying shutters with hidden or rear-mounted tilt rods. This gives your shutters a clean, contemporary appearance.

How Do I Clean My Plantation Shutters?

Plantation shutters are a piece of cake 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 wet 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 ideal 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 well-rounded 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. This also comes in handy 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 more than enough space to look through.

How Do I Order Shutters from Sunburst Shutters St. George?

Easy! Call us at 435-485-9332 or fill out the form below to schedule your free in-home consultation, and we’ll guide you from there. We come out to your home to measure the windows you want to shutter 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 most accurate shutter price for your project. Schedule your in-home consultation today!

Can I keep my existing window trim if I install shutters?

Yes! There’s seldom a reason to take out or make alterations to your old window trim when you buy new plantation shutters. Natural Ovation wood shutters and deluxe Polywood shutters are available in an array of frame styles to fit easily into your current window trim. If your windows are trimless, we offer frame styles to install right onto the wall around your window to secure your beautiful new shutters to your window opening.

Your installer will measure each of your house’s windows during your free in-home consultation to make sure that your window trim is perfectly complemented by the frame of your new shutters.

Where are Sunburst Shutters products made?

Sunburst Shutters St. George is proud to offer a collection of window treatments made right here in the U.S. Not only are Polywood plantation shutters America’s #1-selling shutter, but they’re 100% American-made. Not only does that result in savings passed on to you from cutting unnecessary shipping and handling costs, it also gives you the perk of knowing you’re choosing an all-American window treatment for your St. George house.

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

Whats the difference between painted and stained shutters?

The main difference between painted and stained shutters is the way the material of the shutter interacts with the color. Paint lays on top of the shutter, just coating the surface. Stains on the other hand penetrate the shutter, bonding to the natural wood or faux wood material.

Both methods come with their individual benefits. There are typically a larger number of color choices for painted shutters. With stained shutters, the color doesn’t interfere with the natural wood grain, so you can see the natural grooves and bumps of the material without a layer of paint hiding it.

During your in-home window design consultation, our team will bring samples of all our color options directly to your home so you can easily match and complement colors with your existing interior design.

How Long Does It Take To Get Shutters in St. George?

The whole plantation shutter process, beginning with your starting consultation through finishing your shutter installation, usually takes about four to six weeks. The process takes this long because our goal is to build shutters that are perfectly customized to every facet of your windows. To do that, we need to take exact measurements, utilize sophisticated software to design your shutters, assemble your brand-new shutters manually, and ship them to you prior to installation. Real wood shutters tend to take longer than Polywood due to the staining and finishing process.

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

Do I need to send my shutter measurements to Sunburst?

We offer a start to finish in-home shopping experience. We’ll send shutter expert to your home to take precise measurements of your windows, show you your options, and provide a quote. The in-home consultation is totally free. That’s the easiest way to start your shutter project. If you’re just looking for a quick estimate, you can submit the measurements of your windows through our contact form, or by calling us at 435-485-9332.

Should I Remove My Trim Before Putting In Shutters?

The answer will depend on your own taste. If you want to keep your existing trim, we can build custom shutters to fit with your current trim. If you prefer our shutter frames, then you can take out the existing trim—but it’s not a necessity. If you’re trying to go trimless or replace your trim, we can help you find the right option to fit your perfect vision.

What Are Your Most Popular Shutter Options?

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

To get more specific, the most common shutter configuration we sell is a 3 ½” louver, non-textured finish, with an interior-mount Z-frame. If those words don’t mean anything to you, that’s ok. We’ll be happy to show you what all that means in person. Set up your complimentary home consultation and we’ll show you what will work best in your house.

Should I choose a smooth or wood-grain finish for my shutters?

Smooth finish shutters have a more fashionable look, whereas shutters with a textured finish look more natural and historic. However the benefits to both types of plantation shutter finish are a little deeper, and ultimately come down to your own taste.

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Perks of a smooth finish for shutters – A smooth finish to your shutters offer a solid, chic, modern look. If you don’t have many other wood surfaces like hardwood floors or exposed beams, you may not want a smooth finish. A smooth finish is easier to see when it needs dusting, in comparison with a textured 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, wood-like look to your shutters. That’s awesome if you want to bring the beauty of nature inside, especially if you want to match the look of your hardwood furniture. A wood grain on your shutter louvers will also make dust more difficult to see, which means you won’t have to dust them as frequently as you would if they were smooth. A wood-grain finish looks especially great on real wood shutters in St. George.

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 optimal design 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 are not as user-friendly as multiple separate panels. Sometimes, wider panels won’t fit flush against the wall because of their size. Multiple smaller panels resolve that.

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

How much will a window measurement cost?

With Sunburst Shutters St. George, 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 place in your home or has a distinct shape, our shutter experts can get you an accurate measurement so that the final product will line up just right with the windows.

During your complimentary shutter consultation, your Sunburst Shutters expert can help you pick from our extensive variety of St. George plantation shutters, featuring choices for louver size, stain colors, and custom framing options.

So set up your free consultation now by calling 435-485-9332 today.

Can you install shutters on a flush window/window lacking depth?

Sunburst can assist you in picking the ideal shutter for your home, no matter how narrow your frame. We will utilize an outside mount installation that connects to the trim or wall outside the window opening . Your shutters will still have the same performance and energy efficiency, and will tie in perfectly into your design scheme.

What if I have a broken shutter louver?

If the louver is disconnected and drooping from the frame, you likely have a broken louver pin. To mend 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 damaged pin is extracted, stick the replacement pin base into the same hole in the shutter stile, then slide the louver onto the pin. To get extra louver pins for free, just call us at 435-485-9332.

How much do your shutters cost?

The cost of plantation shutters hinges on the chosen product line and window dimensions. While we can present you a basic quote over the phone, complete prices are determined after our no cost in-person consultation. Call 435-485-9332 to ask for an appointment today.

How do you repair a cracked shutter staple?

Locate and remove the damaged staple from the louver with some of needle-nose pliers. Then use some adhesive (like wood glue or epoxy) to coat the legs of a new staple. weave the staple through the loop on the louver and guide its legs into the same staple holes on the tilt rod. For new shutter staples, call us at 435-485-9332.