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The Washington DC Homeowners Guide To Replacing Windows and Shutters

August 21, 2017

You know what to expect when you install plantation shutters in your Washington DC home: beautiful style, fantastic light control, and great insulation for a cozier home. But what happens if something unexpected happens, making you have to replace your window? What should you do with your shutters? 

Fortunately, Sunburst Shutters DC can help. This is everything you need to know about how shutters and window replacements interact.

You don’t need to replace your shutters when you replace your window

Maybe the most common question asked about window replacements is if you can replace your windows without having to replace your shutters. The answer in almost every case is yes you can! It’s pretty rare that your shutters will interfere with replacing a window, and even in those rare instances they’re easy to detach from the bracket affixed to the frame and reattach after the work is done.

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There might be a rare case where your replacement windows could interfere with your custom shutters, for instance if you’re putting in tilt-in sash windows or crank handle windows. If that’s the case, you should still be able to keep your shutters– our expert installers can come up with a solution to work with the new windows, whether it’s a new frame or swapping how your shutters are mounted.

If You Have The Right Shutters, You May Not Need Replacement Windows

Why do you want to replace your window? If your window is cracked or beginning to break, you should definitely replace it. But what if you’re thinking about getting a new window just because you need more effective insulation, or a better looking window?

If that’s the reason, what you might really be in the market for is a higher quality window treatment. An effective insulator like Polywood plantation shutters can offer you better control over your home temperature than installing a double-pane window. With something like shutters, you can upgrade the look of your windows, with half the hassle.

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Moreover, plantation shutters are a more valuable home investment, since they add benefits to your home’s form and function.

You Don’t Need Any Extra Work to Install Shutters

Some Washington DC homeowners believe that you need to replace your windows, frame, or trim in order to install shutters. That’s absolutely not true. Even if your windows have an unusual shape, way of opening, or tilt a certain way, we can design shutters that operate seamlessly together with your existing setup. From a custom mount that pairs with your existing trim, to a custom build that makes room for an opening crank, there’s no extra work needed.

Any Other Questions On Shutters and Replacing Windows?

If you have any questions on replacing a window that has shutters on it, or need to put in shutters on a replacement window, Sunburst Shutters DC is here to help. Call our experts at 240-339-2588 today or use our contact form below to get in touch. And be sure to check out our Frequently Asked Shutter Questions for more info.