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Are DIY Plantation Shutters A Savvy Plan For Your Seattle Home?

January 20, 2016

DIY plantation shutters for your Seattle home may seem like a good idea at first. You buy the shutters, and you follow instructions that come with the products.

Unlike other home improvement projects, there are more than a hundred ways to make serious mistakes when setting up plantation shutters. You might take the measurements the window incorrectly or damage something while installing the shutters. The product will then be ruined or become inoperable. And you’ll have to buy all the pieces all over again.

Without the finishing touches, the tools, and the experience, you’re more likely to make a mistake. When it comes to DIY plantation shutters, the cost of a mistake is not worth it. Shutter experts explain 5 more reasons why DIY plantation shutters are not a savvy plan for your Seattle house.

1. The Right Shutter Product

The vendor you order shutters from is doubtful to have the types of products you‘re looking for. In addition, they might not assist you in figuring out which shutters are the best fit for a specific room. Interior shutters that work in the dining room may not work in the bathroom where they’d be under conditions of high humidity. And keep in mind that not all shutter products fit all windows.

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

2. Different Window Shapes

White arched plantation shutters in blue bedroom

You may have noticed how the windows in your home are not the same size. And they might even be unique shapes, such as triangle, arched, circle, and octagon.

Most online retailers and suppliers only carry plantation shutters for rectangle shaped windows. They won’t carry specialty shaped shutters because there’s a great chance for errors in measurement. If they do have them and your measurements aren’t correct, the shutters will be too big. This is where it’s easy to make mistakes with DIY plantation shutters.

And just when you didn’t think it could get any worse, DIY plantation shutters for a uniquely shaped window might result in shutters that don’t open and close with ease. There’s a chance you could install the shutter where the louvers cannot move easily.

Our specialists measure the length and width of your window - and all the corners in between. This guarantees that your uniquely shaped window shutters fit flawlessly. Then, using computer software and relying on 40+ years of experience with window shutters, we make your plantation shutters to complement your uniquely shaped windows seamlessly.

3. Challenging Window Types

Some windows slide or tilt in. Others use a crank. If you don’t leave enough room between the shutter panels and the window when mounting your DIY plantation shutters, you’ll be stuck with a window that won’t tilt in and a crank that is not accessible.

Our specialists have seen every type of window. They’ve installed indoor shutters on bay windows, double hung windows, windows with cranks, French doors, sliding glass doors - and more! We set up the window shutters you need in the right louver size so you can easily access your window and adjust your shutters.

4. Attention To Detail

Every angle, every piece, every one eighth inch makes a difference when installing plantation shutters yourself. This means taking every detail into consideration. If the louvers bind and the panel is not level, the window shutters will have big gaps, tightness all over, and limited functionality. These problem points can lead to irregular depreciation of the shutters. The shutter panels may not even work correctly.

If DIY plantation shutters are not installed squarely, there’s a possibility that too much pressure can build up from usage and weight. And this could lead to the shutters breaking.

Minimize the stress that goes into this undertaking by hiring a team of experts to install your plantation shutters in Seattle, Washington. Some local stores, like Sunburst Shutters Washington, present you with a white glove service. We’ve been mounting plantation shutters for more than 40 years. Our professionals attend to every detail of the mounting process so that your indoor shutters look perfectly finished every time - and function readily. Don’t worry. You won’t have to even tell us to wear protective booties over our shoes (or watch for that expensive vase). We treat your house with the same level of attention we show your windows.

5. Overall Cost

When you first consider DIY plantation shutters, the main cost seems to be the actual shutters. But the costs of the tools needed, additional shutter parts, and materials to apply the finishing touches add up fast. And we haven’t even mentioned the stress and physical demands of this project. Are you ready for the true cost of DIY plantation shutters?

Hire A Plantation Shutters Expert In Seattle, Washington Today

Shutters professional installing Polywood shutters

When it comes to DIY plantation shutters in Seattle, it’s a project for the specialists at Sunburst Shutters Washington. We’ll come out to your home and guide you through the process of picking the plantation shutters that go with your decor. And we’ll note the measurements of your windows so we can build your interior shutters to look and function beautifully. Why don’t you let us stress over the installation details?. You’ll love how stunning your plantation shutters look when we leave! (And you didn’t even have to lift a finger.)

Call 360-464-2277 or fill out the form below to schedule your free in-home consultation today!