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Professionals Take On Your Top 3 Worries About Installing Shutters In Washington DC

January 27, 2016

Day in and day out, we get questions on how to install shutters in Washington DC. How do shutters fit my specialty-shaped window? How does Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions install shutters on a crank-operated window? Would a security system impact how the shutters are installed?

I’ve heard all of these questions before and much more. And I‘m here to tell you that when fulfilled by our skilled specialists, installing plantation shutters doesn’t interfere with your home’s security, your window’s shape, or how it functions. Here are the top three worries about installing shutters in Washington DC, and how our experts deal with them.

1. How Does A Window’s Shape Affect Shutter Installation?

Windows be different shapes and sizes: triangle, rectangle, circle, arch, octagon, and more. So how do we install shutters (which are usually rectangular) on specialty shaped windows?

arch window with white polywood shutters in a large bathroom

Our professionals measure your window’s length and width, noting each corner, arch, curve, or angle. Then, we enter the measurements into proprietary software to create a template for the shutter that precisely fits your window. Now, the shutter frame’s edges mirror your window’s curve. And once they’re set up, the shutter louvers can be moved across the entire window - no matter its shape. You heard right. You won’t be locked into arch window shutters you can’t open. And the shutters make the shape of the window shine!

2. How Does The Way The Window Operates Impact The Shutter Installation Process?

Installing shutters on a window doesn’t affect the way the window opens. Windows that tilt, slide, or open with a crank can all have plantation shutters mounted. That’s because plantation shutters are custom-fit to the specific type of window in your home.

Where the shutter frame is set up (either inside the window opening or outside of it) is completely based on how the window operates. If the window is operated using a crank, the shutter frame would be placed on the outside. The same is the case for windows that tilt in. But windows that slide usually have a shutter frame that’s placed on the inside of the window opening. The clearance available above and below the window, the window’s shape, and how deep the windowsill is also figure into the type of shutter frame you select.

Our specialists consider the existing window casing’s size, how much clearance there is above and below the window, the shape of the window, and the window opening’s depth. Then, we create and set up your shutter frame to your window’s specifications.

3. Does A Security System Impact Shutter Installation?

Your security system does a great job of protecting you and your family from burglaries. When installing shutters on windows, think about the type of sensor you have in that area.

If the motion detector is directly on the window frame or the window itself, installing shutters is not likely alter the alarm’s performance or trigger it. That’s because the shutters aren’t in the way of the detector’s signal. The only way the alarm is set off is if the glass is broken or the window is opened.

If the motion detector is set up on a wall, shutters shouldn’t trigger the alarm either. This type of detector radiates infrared rays and uses the reflection of those rays to sense if there is a disturbance to the room. A trespasser obstructs the sensor’s rays, setting off an alarm. The actual shutters won’t.

Our specialists have installed shutters with all kinds of security systems. Installing shutters in Washington DC should never jeopardize your family’s security - and your peace of mind.

Ask Us About Installing Shutters In Washington DC

Have more questions about how to install shutters? Our specialists have all the tips and tricks to installing shutters in Washington DC. And we carry the best variety of new shutters. Contact us at 240-339-2588 or fill out the form below to schedule your free in-home design consultation today!