San Jose's Frequently Asked Questions About Shutters

For more than 25 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 Get?

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 similar 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 tilt-rods 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 916-542-1305 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.

Whats the difference between painted and stained shutters?

The primary differentiator between paints and stains for shutters is the way the color interacts with the material of the shutter. 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 current design.

How Long Does It Take To Install Shutters in San Jose?

The complete plantation shutter process, beginning with your in-home consultation through installation, usually takes approximately four to six weeks. The reason it takes this long is because we want to build shutters that are completely customized to your windows. To do that, we need to take precise measurements, use advanced software to design your shutters, assemble your custom shutters manually, and get them to your home for installation. Wood shutters tend to take longer than Polywood due to the extra steps needed to stain and treat the wood.

It will take a little time, but it’s a wait that’s well worth it.

Do I need to send you my shutter measurements?

We offer a start to finish shop-at-home experience. We’ll send a representative to you to take precise measurements of your windows, walk you through your options, and give you a quote. The design consultation is totally free. That’s the easiest way to start a shutter project. If you’re just looking for a quick estimate, you can submit your window measurements 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’re able to build your shutters to complement your current trim. If you like our shutter frames better, 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 fit what you have in mind for your space.

Can I Install The Shutters Myself?

If you’re a seasoned DIYer, you might be familiar with some of the process involved in installing shutters. However, DIY shutters can be a little complex for most San Jose residents. Our recommendation is to leave the installation to our certified and insured professionals, that way you won’t be at risk of damaging your shutters, your windows, or injuring yourself.

What Are Your Most Popular Shutter Options?

By far our most popular shutter products are our classic white Polywood® plantation shutters, and Ovation® natural wood shutters.

To get more specific, the most common shutter configuration features includes a 3 ½” louver, smooth finish, with a Z-frame. If none of that makes any sense, that’s ok. We’ll be delighted to demonstrate what all those things mean in person. Set up a free in-home consultation and we’ll show you what would work best on your windows.

Whats better: a smooth finish or textured finish for shutters?

Shutters with a smooth finish tend to look more modern and suave, while shutters with a textured finish look more natural and historic. However the perks to each style of plantation shutter finish go a little bit farther, 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 offer a solid, sleek, fashion-forward look. A smooth finish may be what you want if your home doesn’t have much in the way of wood textured surfaces or furniture. A smooth finish makes dust easier to see, compared to a textured finish. We usually recommend a smooth finish for faux wood shutters like Polywood.

Benefits of a textured finish for shutters – A textured finish on your shutters gives you a more natural, wood-like look to your shutters. That’s great if your goal is to bring the beauty of nature indoors, especially if you want to accentuate the look of your hardwood furniture. A wood grain on your shutters may also make dust harder to see, which means you can wait a little longer between regular cleanings. A wood-grain finish looks especially great on real wood shutters in San Jose.

How many shutter panels do I need for each window?

Usually, the larger the window, the more shutter panels you’ll want on it. The optimal design is to use a single panel for windows up to 26 in. wide, two panels for windows up to 50 in. wide, and four for windows up to 98 in. wide.

Single wide panels aren’t as room-friendly as multiple panels. Often, wider panels can’t fit flush against the wall due to their size. Two smaller panels don’t have that problem.

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

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

With Sunburst Shutters San Jose, 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 area of your house or has a unique shape, our installers can get you an accurate measurement so that the shutters you get will fit your windows seamlessly.

During your complimentary shutter consultation, your Sunburst Shutters pro will help you pick from our wide array of San Jose plantation shutters, such as choices for panel width, stain colors, and custom framing options.

So schedule your in-home consultation today by calling 916-542-1305 today.

Will you install window treatment on a flush window/window short of depth?

Sunburst can assist you in picking the best shutter for your rooms, regardless of how thin your frame. We will utilize an outside mount installation that affixes to the trim or wall outside the window pane . Your shutters 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 likely have a broken louver pin. To repair this you need to extract 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 withdrawn, stick the undamaged pin base into the same hole in the shutter stile, then slide the louver onto the pin. To receive additional complementary louver pins, just call us at 916-542-1305.

How much do your shutters cost?

Actual prices of plantation shutters depends on the selected product line and window measurements. While we can give you an estimate over the phone, exact prices are computed after our free in-person consultation. Call 916-542-1305 to make an appointment today.

How do you mend a damaged shutter staple?

Locate and clear away the broken staple out of the louver with some of needle-nose pliers. Then use some adhesive (like wood glue or epoxy) to cover the legs of a new staple. weave the staple through the loop on the louver and guide its legs into the existing staple holes on the tilt rod. For new shutter staples, call us at 916-542-1305.