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

January 20, 2016

DIY plantation shutters for your Chicago home is potentially a good plan at the outset. You buy the shutters, and you try to install them based on the instructions included.

But DIY plantation shutters are unlike other home improvement projects because there’s 100 ways to make critical errors when installing plantation shutters. You could take the measurements the window inaccurately or break something while setting up the shutters. The product will then become inoperable or the material will be ruined. And you’ll have to purchase all the pieces again.

Without the finishing touches, the tools, and the experience, you’re more likely to commit a mistake. Is the cost of a mistake worth it? When it comes to DIY plantation shutters, it’s not. Here are 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 may not have the types of products you need. In addition, they might not aid you in determining which shutters are the best fit for a certain 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 keep in mind that not all interior shutters fit all windows.

Our specialists assist you in choosing the right products and the right frame with the right options so they last a lifetime. We proudly present you with these top rated plantation 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 have plantation shutters for rectangular windows. They don’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 correct, 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 uniquely shaped window might result in shutters that you cannot open and close with ease. There’s a chance you could mount the shutter in a way that doesn’t let the louvers to tilt easily.

Our professionals measure the width and length of your window - and each corner in between. This guarantees that your odd shaped plantation shutters fit seamlessly. Then, utilizing computer technology and relying on more than 40 of experience in the window shutter industry, we fashion your indoor shutters to fit your uniquely shaped windows perfectly.

3. Challenging Window Types

Some windows tilt in or slide. Others use a crank. If you forget to leave enough room between the shutter panels and the window when setting up 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 indoor 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 lead to irregular wear and tear on shutters. Not to mention, the shutter panels might not operate smoothly.

If your DIY plantation shutters are not mounted squarely, it’s possible that too much pressure can build up from weight and usage. And this could 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, offer a white glove service. We’ve been mounting plantation shutters for 40+ years. Our experts attend to each detail of the mounting process so that your window shutters are beautifully finished every time - and operate without a hitch. You don’t have to tell us to watch for that fancy vase (or to wear protective booties over our shoes). That’s because we treat your house with the same care we show your windows.

5. Overall Cost

When you first consider DIY plantation shutters, the main cost 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 undertaking. Are you ready for the actual 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 job for the professionals at Sunburst Shutters Chicago. We’ll visit your house and guide you through the process of choosing the plantation shutters that go with your color scheme. And we’ll note the measurements of your windows so we can build your shutters to look and function beautifully. We’ll stress over all the installation details for you. You’ll love how good your plantation shutters look when we’re done! (And you barely had to lift a finger.)

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