San Jose’s Frequently Asked Questions About Shutters

For more than 21 years, we’ve been asked every question about shutters you can imagine from our customers in San Jose. And we’ve collected 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 be reluctant to contact Sunburst Shutters San Jose directly. We’re here to aid you and happy to do so.

Which Plantation Shutters Should I Pick?

That hinges 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 copy the wood in your home as closely as possible? Ovation® wood shutters are an absolute fit for you.
 
Plantation shutters are recognized for being energy efficient. And to get maximum energy savings, our Polywood Shutter Insulation System is the only choice.

Why Are Shutters the Most Wanted 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. In addition, they’re not easy to clean.

Shades offer an array of colors and unique patterns, transforming your window into artwork. By effortlessly pulling up the fabric of the shade, your full window is exposed and you can see out onto your San Jose neighborhood.

Draperies also are available in a wide spectrum of color, fabric, and patterns. They are a traditional alternative for a window treatment. Installing 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’re looking for a window treatment that lasts beyond 10 years, saves you actual bucks 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 lovely 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 can’t get 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 house a clean modern 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 a professional installation crew that comes to your home and installs your window treatment exactly, double checking that each one functions smoothly – and doesn’t get damaged when opened and closed.

But before we start installing your shutters, we bring shutter samples to your home so we can custom build 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 effortlessly by adjusting them up or down. Usually, 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 feel.

How Do I Clean My Plantation Shutters?

Plantation shutters are simple 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 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 can close the top louvers as well for privacy and security. That’s also helpful during the day when the sun is preventing 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 more than enough of a view to look through.

How Do I Order Shutters from Sunburst Shutters San Jose?

Simple! Call us at 408-831-3373 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 appropriate shutter quote for your project. Schedule your in-home consultation today!

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

Yes! There’s almost never a reason to get rid of or alter your current window trim when you buy new plantation shutters. Natural Ovation wood shutters and premier Polywood shutters can be customized with a variety of frame styles to fit seamlessly into your current window trim. If your windows are trimless, we offer frame styles to install directly onto the drywall around your window to secure your beautiful new shutters to your window opening.

Your installation crew will measure each of your home’s windows during your free design consultation to make sure that your new shutters will fit gorgeously with your window trim.

Where are Sunburst Shutters’ products made?

Sunburst Shutters San Jose is happy to provide a collection of shutters made right here in the U.S. Our top-selling Polywood plantation shutters are 100% made in America, from the creation of our exclusive Polywood material to the building of the shutters themselves. Not only does that mean saving you money on unnecessary shipping and handling costs, it also gives you the bonus of knowing you’re choosing an all-American window treatment for your San Jose home.

And Polywood isn’t the only shutter that’s from the U.S.A. Our stunning Reclaimed Wood shutters are constructed with lumber harvested from sources across the country, from homespun Southern barn doors to beautiful New England fences and more.

What’s the difference between painted and stained shutters?

The primary differentiator between paints and stains for shutters is the way the shutter material interacts with the color. Paint sits atop the shutter, covering the surface. Stains on the other hand permeate the shutter, becoming a part of the natural wood or faux wood material.

Both methods come with their individual benefits. There are often more color options for painted shutters. With stained shutters, the color won’t interfere with the natural wood grain, so you’re able to see the random knots and bumps of the material without it being hidden by a layer of paint.

For your in-home window design consultation, our team will bring samples of all our color options straight to you so you can perfectly color match with your existing interior design.