Are DIY Plantation Shutters A Good Solution For Your Chicago Home?

Richard Rampton

DIY plantation shutters for your Chicago home may seem like a good idea initially. You buy the shutters, and you follow instructions that come with the products.

But DIY plantation shutters are unlike other home improvement projects because there are hundreds of ways to make serious errors when installing plantation shutters. You could take the measurements the window incorrectly or bust something while installing the shutters. The product will then become inoperable or the material will be ruined. And you’ll have to buy all the pieces again.

Without the finishing touches, the tools, and the experience, you’re more likely to end up with a mistake. Is the cost of a mistake worth it? When it comes to DIY plantation shutters, it’s not. Read on for 5 more reasons why DIY plantation shutters are not a good solution for your Chicago home.

1. The Right Shutter Product

The vendor you purchase shutters from is unlikely to have the types of products you need. And, they might not help you in deciding which shutters are the best fit for a particular room. Plantation shutters that work in the dining room may not work in the bathroom where they’d be under conditions of high humidity. And don’t forget: not all interior shutters fit all windows.

Our experts assist you in choosing the right products with the right frame and the right options so they last a lifetime. We proudly present you with these top rated shutters: Ovation® shutters (five star rated wood shutters) and Polywood® shutters (the best-selling plantation shutters in the nation).

2. Different Window Shapes

Bedroom with blue paint and white plantation shutters

You may have noticed how the windows in your home are not the same size. And they could even be special shapes, such as circle, octagon, triangle, and arched.

Most online retailers and suppliers only carry plantation shutters for rectangular windows. They won’t carry specialty shaped shutters because there’s a high likelihood for mistakes in measurement. If they do offer them and your measurements aren’t accurate, the shutters will be too big for the window. This is where most mistakes are made with DIY plantation shutters.

And even worse, DIY plantation shutters for a uniquely shaped window might result in shutters that you cannot open and close with ease. There’s a chance you could set up the shutter in a way that doesn’t allow the louvers to tilt easily.

Our professionals take the measurements of your window - and all the corners in between. This makes sure that your uniquely shaped indoor shutters fit seamlessly. Then, utilizing computer software and technology and relying on over three decades of experience with window shutters, we fashion your interior shutters to fit your odd shaped windows perfectly.

3. Challenging Window Types

Some windows tilt in or slide. Others use a crank. If you do not leave enough space between the shutter panels and the window when mounting your DIY plantation shutters, you’ll be dealing with a crank that is not accessible and a window that won’t tilt in.

Our professionals have seen the spectrum of window types. They’ve mounted plantation shutters on double hung windows, windows with cranks, French doors, sliding glass doors, bay windows - and more! We’ll make sure to install the right shutters in the louver size you need to effectively operate your shutters.

4. Attention To Detail

Every one eighth inch, every angle, every piece is essential when mounting 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 tightness all over, limited functionality, and big gaps. These problem points can result in irregular wear and tear on shutters. Not to mention, the shutter panels might not operate smoothly.

If the DIY plantation shutters are not mounted squarely, there’s a possibility that too much pressure can build up from weight and usage. And this may lead to the shutters breaking.

Minimize the stress that goes into this undertaking by hiring a team of experts to set up your plantation shutters in Chicago, IL. Some local stores, like Sunburst Shutters Chicago, extend you a white glove service. We’ve been setting up plantation shutters for 35+ years. Our experts attend to each and every detail of the mounting process to ensure that your window shutters are beautifully finished every time - and operate without a hitch. You don’t have to tell us to wear protective booties over our shoes (or watch for that fancy vase). That’s because we treat your residence with the same care we show your windows.

5. Overall Cost

At first, the main cost of DIY plantation shutters seems to be the shutters themselves. However, the costs of the tools needed, additional shutter parts, and materials to apply the finishing touches add up fast. And we haven’t even mentioned the stress and physical demands of this project. Are you ready for the entire cost of DIY plantation shutters?

Hire A Plantation Shutters Professional In Chicago, IL Today

Shutters professional installing Polywood shutters

Where DIY plantation shutters are concerned in Chicago, it’s a a job for the professionals at Sunburst Shutters Chicago. We’ll visit your home and guide you through the process of choosing the plantation shutters that match your style. And we’ll measure your windows so we can build your shutters to look and function beautifully. Why don’t you let us worry about the installation details?. You’ll love how good your plantation shutters look when we’re done!

Call 847-250-6544 or fill out the form below to schedule your free in-home consultation today!