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How To Pick A Plantation Shutter Frame In Washington DC

January 04, 2024

The frame is an essential element of your plantation shutters. It holds the shutter panels in position and gives your shutters and window a finished look. But how can you choose a frame that is suitable for your windows and looks good? Your window treatment consultant at Sunburst Shutters DC will help you pick the perfect frame. Prior to your consultaiton, you may read about the possibilities for plantation shutter frames in Washington DC.

The Two Choices Of Plantation Shutter Frame In Washington DC

Close up of a Polywood shutter Z frame

Interior shutter frames are available in two choices: Z-frames and L-frames. These designations refer to the frame pieces’ shape. L-frames have a straightforward L shape. A Z-frame’s cross-section resembles the letter Z. Multiple considerations will will help determine whether you should install a Z- or L-frame.

You can use a Z-frame

  • For inside-mounted shutters only
  • On circular or arched windows
  • For the widest opening clearance
  • To mask caulking
  • To disguise askew window angles
  • On windows that lack existing trim/casing

Choose interior shutter L-frames in your Washington DC home

  • For inside- or outside-mounted shutters
  • When you have existing casing around the window
  • Whenever you want to extend the depth of the window casing to provide more area for the shutter’s louvers to turn

When To Select An Inside- or Outside-Mount Frame

Outside-mount Polywood shutters on two bedroom windows

You’ll also need to choose between an outside- or inside-mounted frame. Outside mounts fasten to the wall surrounding your window. An inside-mounted frame affixes within the opening of the window and may sit flush with the window casing or decorative trim that fits around the border of the window.

Whether you choose an outside-mount or inside-mount plantation shutter frame in Washington DC typically depends on your window. You may use outside-mount options on the bulk of windows. Choose this style of frame to cover trim you dislike or add attractive trim to your windows. You also should use an outside-mount frame for tilt-in windows and casements with a crank handle.

An inside mount could restrict the operation of these windows. On the contrary, they are excellent for deep windows and situations when you want to feature the the window’s existing trim. Your window treatment expert can inform you of what type of shutter frame makes the most sense for your windows and exhibit how they will look.

Choosing An Attractive Frame Style To Match Your Decor

Polywood shutters in a decorative frame above a couch

When you discover what shape of frame you need and how to mount it, you can consider the style. Shutter frames come in a variety of styles, from ornamental to flat, wide, and narrow. Select one that cooresponds to your unique tastes. You might also keep your home’s architecture in mind. If you have a Craftsman home, give thought to a Craftsman frame. Or you might pick a frame that looks similar to your baseboards and other trim.

Different lines of interior shutters offer different frame styles. For instance, Polywood shutters are found in more choices than Ovation® wood shutters. Therefore, if you’ve already picked a specific shutter material, that will narrow down the number of frame choices. Additionally, Sunburst’s Shutter Designer tool will show you what different frames look like. When you pick a frame you like, ask your consultant to help you order your custom shutters!

Discover Your Custom Interior Shutter Frame Choices At Sunburst

Pick a beautiful frame and other custom features for your interior shutters at Sunburst Shutters DC. Just call us at 240-339-2588 or submit the form below to schedule a no-charge in-home consultation and get started.