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Are DIY Plantation Shutters A Good Idea For Your Washington DC Home?

January 20, 2016

DIY plantation shutters for your Washington DC home may seem like a good solution at the outset. You buy the shutters, and you try to install them based on the instructions included.

But the biggest concern is that, unlike other home improvement projects, there’s 100 ways to commit vital errors when mounting plantation shutters. You could take the measurements the window improperly or damage something while setting up the shutters. The shutters product will then become inoperable or the material will be ruined. And you have to purchase all the parts again.

If you don’t have the tools, the experience, and the finishing touches, you’re at a greater risk of making31 a mistake. When it comes to DIY plantation shutters, the cost of a mistake is not worth it. Here are 5 more reasons why DIY plantation shutters are not a smart solution for your Washington DC home.

1. The Right Shutter Product

The store you buy shutters from is unlikely to have the types of products you’re interested in. In addition, they might not assist you in figuring out which shutters are the best fit for a specific room. The shutters that work in the dining room may not be suitable for the bathroom where they’d be under conditions of high humidity. And don’t forget: not all shutter products fit all windows.

Our experts assist you in choosing the right shutters with the right options and the right frame so they last a lifetime. We proudly present you with these premium shutter products: 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

Not all your windows are the same size. And they might even be different shapes, such as triangle, arched, circle, and octagon.

Most vendors and online stores only have plantation shutters for rectangular windows. They don’t carry specialty shaped shutters because there’s a great chance for mistakes in measurement. If they do carry them and your measurements aren’t accurate, the shutters will be too big and won’t look good. This is where most mistakes are made with DIY plantation shutters.

And what’s worse, DIY plantation shutters for a special shaped window might lead to shutters that you cannot open and close properly. There’s a chance you could install the shutter where the louvers cannot move easily.

Our professionals take the measurements of your window - and every angle in between. This guarantees that your uniquely shaped window shutters fit perfectly. Then, utilizing advanced computer software and technology and relying on 40+ years of experience with window shutters, we build your plantation shutters to fit your specialty shaped windows to a T.

3. Challenging Window Types

Some windows slide or tilt in. Others use a crank. If you forget to leave enough clearance between the window and the shutter panels 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 you can imagine. They’ve installed plantation shutters on sliding glass doors, bay windows, double hung windows, windows with cranks, French doors - and more! We mount the indoor shutters you need in the louver size you need to effectively operate your shutters.

4. Attention To Detail

Each piece, each one eighth inch, each angle is essential when installing plantation shutters yourself. This means taking every detail into consideration. If the panel is not level and the louvers bind, you end up with window shutters that have limited functionality, big gaps, and tightness all over. These problems can result in unusual depreciation of the shutters. And there’s a chance that the shutter panels won’t function properly.

If your DIY plantation shutters are not mounted squarely, it’s possible that too much pressure can build up from usage and weight. And this might result in the shutters breaking.

Minimize the stress that goes into this project by hiring a team of specialists to mount your plantation shutters in Washington DC. Some local stores, like Sunburst Shutters DC, extend you a white glove service. We’ve been setting up plantation shutters for decades. Our professionals attend to each detail of the mounting process to ensure that your window shutters look perfectly finished every time - and work without a hitch. You don’t have to tell us to watch for that valuable vase (or to wear protective booties over our shoes). We treat your house with the same level of attention we bring to your windows.

5. Overall Cost

At first, the main cost of DIY plantation shutters seems to be the shutter product only. But the costs of the tools needed, additional shutter parts, and materials to apply the finishing touches add up quickly. And that doesn’t even include the physical demands and stress of this undertaking. Can you handle the actual cost of DIY plantation shutters?

Hire A Plantation Shutters Professional In Washington DC Today

Shutters professional installing Polywood shutters

Where DIY plantation shutters are concerned in Washington DC, it’s a project for the specialists at Sunburst Shutters DC. We’ll drive out to your residence and guide you through the process of picking the plantation shutters that match your decor. And we’ll note the dimensions of your windows so we can craft your plantation shutters to look stunning and operate beautifully. We’ll take care of all the installation details for you. You’ll love how elegant your plantation shutters look when we leave!

Call us at 240-339-2588 or fill out the form below to schedule your free in-home consultation today!