Shutters in a dining room

Are DIY Plantation Shutters A Savvy Plan For Your Clearwater Residence?

January 20, 2016

DIY plantation shutters for your Clearwater home may seem like a savvy plan initially. You get the shutters, and you try to install them based on the instructions included.

Unlike other home improvement projects, there are hundreds of ways to make vital mistakes when installing plantation shutters. You could measure the window incorrectly or bust something while setting up the shutters. The shutters product will then be ruined or become inoperable. And you end up having to buy all the pieces all over again.

Without the experience, the finishing touches, and the tools, you’re at a greater risk of ending up with a mistake. Where DIY plantation shutters are concerned, the cost of a mistake outweighs any benefits. Read on for 5 more reasons why DIY plantation shutters are not a good choice for your Clearwater home.

1. The Right Shutter Product

The store you purchase shutters from is doubtful to have the selection you’re interested in. And, they may not aid you in figuring out which shutters are the best fit for a specific room. Plantation shutters that work in the bedroom may not be suitable for the bathroom where they’d be exposed to high humidity. And not all shutters fit all windows.

Our experts help you pick the right products and the right frame with the right options so they last a lifetime. We offer you these top rated shutter products: Ovation® shutters (five star rated wood shutters) and Polywood® shutters (the best-selling plantation shutters in the nation).

2. Different Window Shapes

White arched plantation shutters in blue bedroom

The windows in your home may be different sizes. And they might even be special shapes, such as arched, circle, octagon, and triangle.

Most vendors and online stores only have plantation shutters for rectangular windows. They don’t offer specialty shaped shutters because there’s a high likelihood for mistakes in measurement. If they do carry them and your measurements aren’t accurate, the shutters will be too big for the window. This is where it’s easy to make mistakes with DIY plantation shutters.

And even worse, DIY plantation shutters for an odd shaped window may result in shutters that you cannot open and close properly. There’s a chance you could install the shutter where the louvers cannot tilt easily.

Our specialists measure the width and length of your window - and every angle in between. This guarantees that your odd shaped indoor shutters fit perfectly. Then, taking advantage of computer software and relying on more than 40 of experience with window shutters, we craft your interior shutters to match your odd shaped windows to a T.

3. Challenging Window Types

Some windows tilt in or slide. Others use a crank. If you do not leave enough room between the shutter panels and the window when installing your DIY plantation shutters, you’ll be stuck with a window that can neither be tilted in or cranked open.

Our experts have seen all the types of windows out there. They’ve set up shutters on double hung windows, windows with cranks, French doors, sliding glass doors, bay windows - and more! We take care to mount the indoor shutters you need in the louver size you need to effectively operate your shutters.

4. Attention To Detail

Every piece, every one eighth inch, every angle matters when installing plantation shutters yourself. So keep an eye out for the details. If the panel is not level and the louvers bind, you end up with window shutters that have tightness all over, limited functionality, and big gaps. These problems can result in unusual wear and tear on shutters. And there’s a chance that the shutter panels won’t function properly.

If the DIY plantation shutters are not mounted squarely, too much pressure can build up from usage and weight. And this might cause the shutters to break.

Reduce the stress involved in this undertaking by hiring a team of experts to install your plantation shutters in Clearwater Florida. Some local stores, like Sunburst Shutters Clearwater, present you with a white glove service. We’ve been installing plantation shutters for 40+ years. Our experts take care of each detail of the mounting process to make sure that your window shutters are beautifully finished every time - and function effortlessly. Don’t worry. You won’t have to even tell us to watch for that valuable vase (or to wear protective booties over our shoes). That’s because we treat your home with the same attention we bring to your windows.

5. Overall Cost

The main cost of DIY plantation initially seems to be the shutter product only. However, the costs of the tools needed, additional shutter parts, and materials to apply the finishing touches add up faster than you think. And that doesn’t even include the physical demands and stress of this whole installation process. Can you afford the actual cost of DIY plantation shutters?

Hire A Plantation Shutters Expert In Clearwater Florida Today

Shutters professional installing Polywood shutters

Where DIY plantation shutters are concerned in Clearwater, it’s a job for the professionals at Sunburst Shutters Clearwater. We’ll visit your house and guide you through the process of selecting the plantation shutters that go with your style. And we’ll note the dimensions of your windows so we can craft your plantation shutters to look and open and close beautifully. Why don’t you let us stress over the installation details?. You’ll love how stunning your plantation shutters look when we’re done! (And you didn’t even have to lift a finger.)

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