Las Vegas’s Frequently Asked Questions About Shutters

For more than 37 years, we’ve heard every question about shutters thinkable from our customers in Las Vegas. And we’ve collected 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 Las Vegas directly. We’re here to help you and happy to do so.

Which Plantation Shutters Should I Pick?

That depends on how you want the shutters to mesh with 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 match the wood in your home as closely as possible? Ovation® wood shutters are the ultimate fit for you.
 
Plantation shutters are known for being energy efficient. And to get the greatest 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. They are susceptible to deteriorating over time with the strings giving way and the loops that hold the slats in place falling apart. In addition, they are difficult 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 Las Vegas neighborhood.

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

If you want a window treatment that lasts over 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. Actually, Polywood shutters insulate up to 70% better than an equivalent wood shutter. That’s energy savings you will miss out on 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 contemporary feel whether they’re closed or open.

How Are Shutters Installed on My Windows?

An improperly installed window treatment can be challenging to open and can get damaged easily. We have an expert installation crew that comes to your home and installs your window treatment just right, double checking that each one moves seamlessly – and doesn’t get damaged when opened and closed.

But before we begin 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 simply by pushing them up or down. Usually, a tilt rod mounted on the front of the shutters allows you to adjust the louvers. To move the louvers with your hand, we propose 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. Merely tilt them open and dust them like furniture – or wipe smudges with a wet 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 appropriate look for a plantation shutter?

Cafe Shutters Cafe Style Shutters With Divider

Ultimately, it’s a 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 have the option of closing 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 sacrificing any of your view. A 3.5" or 4.5" louver will almost disappear when opened flat and gives you a lot of room to look through.

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

Yes! There’s rarely a need to take out or do work on your existing window trim when putting in new plantation shutters. Natural Ovation wood shutters and patented Polywood shutters are offered in a variety of frame styles to fit naturally into your existing window trim. If your windows have no trim, we also have frame styles available to install right onto the wall around your window to secure your beautiful new shutters to your window opening.

Your installation team will measure each of your individual windows during your complimentary in-home consultation to ensure that your new shutters will fit perfectly with your window trim.

Where are your shutters made?

Sunburst Shutters Las Vegas is proud to offer a collection of window treatments made right here in the U.S.A. Our popular 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 a lower final price without unnecessary shipping and handling costs, it also gives you the bonus of knowing you’re choosing an all-American shutter for your Las Vegas house.

And Polywood isn’t alone in hailing from the U.S.A. Our stunning Reclaimed Wood shutters are constructed using 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 primary differentiator between painted and stained shutters is the way the material of the shutter interacts with the color. Paint lays on the top layer of the material it’s coloring, just coating the surface. Stains on the other hand penetrate the shutter, becoming a part of the natural wood or Polywood material.

The two color options have their own unique benefits. There tend to be a larger number of color choices for painted shutters. With stained shutters, the color doesn’t interfere with the natural wood grain, so you can see the random knots and ridges of the material without a layer of paint masking it.

When it comes time for your in-home shutter 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.

How Long Will It Take To Install Shutters in Las Vegas?

The complete plantation shutter process, beginning with your initial consultation through installation, will take around four to six weeks. The reason it takes this long is because we strive to build the perfect shutters for your windows. To do that, we need to take exact measurements, use sophisticated software to design your shutters, assemble your brand-new shutters manually, and get them to your home for installation. Shutters made from real wood will usually take longer because of the staining and finishing process.

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

Do I need to send my shutter measurements to Sunburst?

Sunburst Shutters Las Vegas offers a start to finish shop-at-home experience. We typically send one of our reps to your door to take precise measurements of your windows, discuss your options, and provide an accurate quote. The shutter consultation is absolutely free. That’s the most effective 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 through our contact form, or by calling us at 702-850-6619.

Should I Remove The Trim Before Installing Shutters?

Whether or not to remove the trim depends on your personal taste. If you want to keep the trim you already have, we can build custom 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’re trying to go trimless or replace your trim, we’ll help you choose the right shutter to match what you have in mind for your space.

Can I Install The Shutters Myself?

If you’re a seasoned DIYer, you’re probably familiar with what goes into a shutter installation. However, DIY shutters may be a little complex for most Las Vegas residents. We recommend leaving the installation to our certified and insured professionals, so you won’t risk damage to your shutters, windows, or injuring yourself.

What Are Las Vegas’s Most Popular Shutter Options?

By far our most in-demand shutter options are our classic white Polywood® faux wood plantation shutters, and Ovation® natural wood shutters.

More specifically, the most common shutter configuration features includes a 3.5” louver, non-textured finish, and an interior-mount Z-frame. If all that information is confusing, that’s ok. We’d be happy to demonstrate what all that means in person. Schedule a free in-home consultation and we’ll help you figure out what would work best in your space.