Honolulu’s Frequently Asked Questions About Shutters

For more than 23 years, we’ve heard every question about shutters you can imagine from our customers in Honolulu. And we’ve gathered 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 hesitate to contact Sunburst Shutters Honolulu directly. We’re here to aid you and happy to do so.

Which Plantation Shutters Should I Pick?

That is based on how you want 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 right 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 celebrated for being energy efficient. And to get maximum energy savings, our Polywood Shutter Insulation System is the only choice.

Why Are Shutters the Most Sought After 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 giving way and the loops that hold the slats in place falling apart. Not to mention, they might be troublesome to clean.

Shades offer an assortment of colors and unique patterns, transforming 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 Honolulu neighborhood.

Draperies also are available in a wide variety of color, fabric, and patterns. They are a traditional alternative for a window treatment. Adding thick panels between the drapes and the window provides you with light and temperature block-out capabilities. And unlike other window treatments, you won’t have to clean draperies for five years.

If you want a window treatment that lasts beyond 10 years, saves you real dollars on your energy bills, and looks exquisite on your windows, shutters are the choice for your home. Not only are shutters durable, but they’re also lovely and energy efficient. In fact, Polywood shutters insulate up to 70% better than an equivalent wood shutter. That’s energy savings you can’t get with any other window treatment.

No other window treatment gives you control over privacy and light as plantation shutters do. And with their large louvers, Polywood plantation shutters give your room a clean in vogue feel whether they’re closed or open.

How Are Shutters Installed on My Windows?

An inappropriately installed window treatment can be a hassle to open and can get damaged easily. We have a professional installation crew that comes to your home and installs your window treatment exactly, making sure that each one functions perfectly – and doesn’t get damaged in the process.

But before we begin installing your shutters, we bring shutter samples to your home so we can custom design 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 simply by adjusting them up or down. Generally, a tilt rod mounted on the front of the shutters lets you adjust the louvers. If you would like 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 appearance.

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 allows 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 polished 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. It’s also convenient during the day when the sun is preventing you from watching TV. And don’t worry about forgoing any of your view. A 3.5" or 4.5" louver will almost disappear when opened flat and gives you abundant room to look through.

Will I be able to keep my old window trim if I install shutters?

Absolutely! There’s almost never a reason to remove or do work on your old window trim when putting in new plantation shutters. Natural Ovation wood shutters and patented Polywood shutters can be customized with a variety of frame styles to fit seamlessly into your existing window trim. If your windows are trimless, we also have frame styles available to install directly onto the drywall around your window to fix your beautiful new shutters to your window opening.

Your shutter installer will measure each of your individual windows during your complimentary design consultation to ensure that your window trim is beautifully complemented by the frame of your new window treatment.

Where are your shutters made?

Sunburst Shutters Honolulu is proud to offer a collection of window treatments made right here in America. Our marquee Polywood plantation shutters are 100% American-made, from the manufacturing 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 perk of knowing you’re choosing an all-American shutter for your Honolulu home.

And it’s not just Polywood that’s from the U.S.A. Our stunning Reclaimed Wood shutters are constructed with lumber harvested from places across the country, from rustic Midwest barn doors to beautiful New England fences and more.

What’s the difference between shutter paints and stains?

The primary divide between painted and stained shutters is how the shutter material interacts with the color. Paint lays on top of the shutter, covering the surface. Stains on the other hand seep into the shutter, bonding to the natural wood or Polywood material.

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

When it comes time for your in-home shutter consultation, we’ll bring paint and stain samples straight to you so you can easily color match with your existing interior design.

How Long Will It Take To Install Shutters in Honolulu?

The complete plantation shutter process, beginning with your initial consultation through putting your shutters in, usually takes around four to six weeks. The reason it takes this long is because we want to build the perfect shutters for your windows. To do that, we need to take precise measurements, make use of advanced software to design them, assemble your custom shutters manually, and deliver them to you prior to installation. Shutters made from real wood tend to take longer because of the extra steps needed to stain and treat the wood.

It will take some time, but it’s an investment that’s well worth it.

Do I need to send you my shutter measurements?

We offer a complete shop-at-home experience. We typically send shutter expert to your home to measure all your windows, walk you through your options, and give you a quote. The design consultation is absolutely free. That’s the most effective way to start a shutter project. If you only want a rough estimate, you can send us your window measurements through our contact form, or give us a call at 808-797-2004.

Should I Remove The Trim Before Installing Shutters?

That’s up to your own taste. If you want to keep your existing trim, we’re able to build custom shutters to match your current trim. If you like our shutter frames better, then removing trim is fine—but it’s not a necessity. If you want to go without trim or replace your trim, we can help you choose the right shutter to match your perfect vision.

Can I DIY Install Shutters?

If you’re an experienced handyman, you’re probably familiar with some of the process involved in a shutter installation. However, installing shutters yourself might be a bit complicated for most Honolulu homeowners. We would suggest leaving the installation to professionals that are certified and insured, so you won’t be at risk of damaging your shutters, windows, or injuring yourself.

What Are Honolulu’s Most Popular Shutter Options?

Far and away our most popular shutter offerings are our classic white Polywood® faux wood plantation shutters, and Ovation® hardwood shutters.

As far as shutter options, the most popular shutter configuration features includes a 3.5” louver, smooth finish, and an interior-mount 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. Schedule your complimentary home consultation and we’ll show you what would work best in your space.

What’s better for shutters: a smooth finish or wood-grain finish?

Smooth finish shutters tend to look more modern and sophisticated, while textured finish shutters look more natural and historic. However the perks to both types of plantation shutter finish are a little deeper, and in the end it comes down to your own style.

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Perks of shutters with a smooth finish – A smooth finish to your shutters give you a clean, chic, fashion-forward look. If you don’t have any other wood surfaces like hardwood floors or exposed beams, you may not want a smooth finish. A smooth finish is easier to see when it needs dusting, in comparison with a wood grain finish. We typically recommend a smooth finish for faux wood shutters like Polywood.

Perks of shutters with a textured or wood grain finish – A textured finish on your shutters gives you a more natural, rustic look to your shutters. That’s ideal if you want to bring the beauty of nature inside, especially if you want to complement the look of your hardwood furniture. A textured finish on your shutter louvers will also make dust harder to see, which means you won’t need to wipe them down as often as you would if they had a smooth finish. A textured finish looks especially great on real wood shutters in Honolulu.

What’s the best number of shutter panels for each window?

Usually, the bigger your window is, the more shutter panels you’ll want on it. The most ideal layout is to use a single panel for windows up to 26 inches wide, two panels for windows up to 50 inches wide, and four for windows up to 98 inches wide.

Single wide panels aren’t as user-friendly as two separate panels. Sometimes, wider panels won’t fit flush against the wall due to their width. Two smaller panels fix that.

For any windows that you may want to open or shut often, you’ll be better suited with multi-panel shutters, since they’re easier to open and have additional support from the frame when you do operate them.

How much will a window shutter measurement cost?

With Sunburst Shutters Honolulu, 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 home or has a distinct shape, our installers can get you an exact measurement so that the shutters you get will line up just right with the windows.

At your free in-home consultation, your Sunburst Shutters pro can help you pick from our wide array of Honolulu plantation shutters, including choices for finish, stain colors, and custom framing options.

So set up your free consultation today by calling 808-797-2004 today.