Jacksonville’s Frequently Asked Questions About Shutters

For more than 21 years, we’ve been asked every question about shutters imaginable from our customers in Jacksonville. 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 wait to contact Sunburst Shutters Jacksonville directly. We’re here to help you and happy to do so.

Which Plantation Shutters Should I Choose?

That is based on how you desire 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 the ultimate fit for you.
 
Plantation shutters are recognized for being energy efficient. And to get the most 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 tend to deteriorate 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 an array of colors and unique patterns, changing 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 Jacksonville neighborhood.

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

If you are searching for a window treatment that lasts more than 10 years, saves you real dollars on your energy bills, and looks elegant 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 can’t get 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 house a clean modern feel whether they’re closed or open.

How Are Shutters Installed on My Windows?

An improperly 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, making sure that each one moves smoothly – 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 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 without difficulty by adjusting them up or down. Most commonly, a tilt rod mounted on the front of the shutters gives you control over the louvers. If you want to move the louvers with your hand, we recommend buying shutters with hidden or rear-mounted tilt rods. This gives your shutters a clean, contemporary feel.

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. Merely 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 appropriate 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 giving you the option to close the bottom louvers for privacy while leaving the top louvers open for light. At night, you can close the top louvers as well for privacy and security. It’s also convenient during the day when the sun is hindering 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 a lot of of a view to look through.

How Do I Order Shutters from Sunburst Shutters Jacksonville?

Simple! Call us at 904-289-1663 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 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 appropriate shutter quote for your project. Schedule your in-home consultation today!

Can I keep my existing window trim if I put in shutters?

Yes! There’s almost never a need to remove or alter your old window trim when you buy new plantation shutters. Natural Ovation wood shutters and deluxe Polywood shutters are offered in a variety of frame styles to fit easily into your existing window trim. If your windows don’t have trim, we also have frame styles available to install right onto the wall around your window to secure your gorgeous new shutters to your window opening.

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

Where are your shutters made?

Sunburst Shutters Jacksonville is happy to provide a collection of window treatments made right here in the U.S.A. Our marquee Polywood plantation shutters are 100% American-made, from the creation of our patented Polywood material to the construction of the shutters themselves. Not only does that mean savings passed on to you from cutting unnecessary shipping and handling costs, it also gives you the benefit of knowing you’ve chosen an all-American shutter for your Jacksonville house.

And Polywood isn’t the only shutter that’s from the U.S.A. Our historic Reclaimed Wood shutters are built with lumber harvested from sources across the country, from rustic Midwest barn doors to sturdy Texas ranch fences and more.

What’s the difference between shutter paints and stains?

The main difference between painted and stained shutters is the way the shutter material interacts with the color. Paint lays on top of the material it’s coloring, just coating the surface. Stains on the other hand permeate the shutter, becoming a part of the natural wood or Polywood material.

Each method comes with its unique benefits. There are usually a larger number of color choices for painted shutters. With stained shutters, the color doesn’t obscure the natural wood grain, so you’re able to see the random knots and ridges of the material without it being masked by a layer of paint.

During your in-home shutter consultation, our team will bring samples of our stain and paint 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 Jacksonville?

The entire plantation shutter process, beginning with your in-home consultation through installation, will take about four to six weeks. The reason it takes this long is because our goal is 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 brand-new shutters by hand, and deliver them to your home for installation. Real wood shutters tend to take longer than faux wood due to the staining and finishing process.

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

Do I need to send you my shutter measurements?

We offer a total shop-at-home experience. We typically send shutter expert to your home to measure all your windows, discuss your options, and provide a quote. The in-home consultation is absolutely free. That’s the best way to start a window treatment project. If you’re just looking for a quick estimate, you can send us the measurements of your windows either by phone or through our contact form.

Do I Need To Remove The Trim Before Installing Shutters?

The answer will depend on your personal taste. If you want to keep your trim in place, we can build your shutters to match 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 want to go without trim or replace your trim, we’ll help you find the right shutter to match the vision you have in mind for your windows.

What Are Jacksonville’s Most Popular Shutter Options?

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

More specifically, the most common shutter configuration we sell is a 3.5” louver, smooth finish, with a Z-frame. If those words don’t mean anything to you, that’s ok. We’ll be happy to demonstrate what all that means in person. Set up a free in-home consultation and we’ll help you find what would look best on your windows.

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

Shutters with a smooth finish have a more chic look, whereas shutters with a textured finish look a bit more historic. But the perks to each style of plantation shutter finish go a little bit farther, and in the end come down to your own style.

Smooth shutter finishTextured shutter finish

Perks of shutters with a smooth finish – 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 typically recommend a smooth finish for faux wood shutters like Polywood.

Perks of a textured or wood grain finish for shutters – A textured finish on your shutters gives you a more natural, somewhat historic look to your shutters. That’s perfect if you want to bring the beauty of nature inside, especially if you want to match the look of your hardwood floors. A textured finish on your shutters may also make dust harder to see, which means you can wait a little longer between regular cleanings. A textured finish looks especially great on real wood shutters in Jacksonville.