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Professionals Answer Your Top 3 Worries About Installing Shutters In Chicago, IL

January 27, 2016

Day in and day out, the team at Sunburst Shutters Chicago gets questions about how to install shutters in Chicago. How do shutters fit my specialty-shaped window? How does Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions set up shutters on a crank-operated window? Does a security system impact the way the shutters are mounted?

I’ve encountered all of these questions before. And I‘m here to tell you that when fulfilled by our experienced experts, installing plantation shutters doesn’t interfere with how the window operates, the security of your home, or the shape of the window. Here are the top three worries about installing shutters in Chicago, and how our professionals handle them.

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

Your windows may come in all sizes and shapes: arch, octagon, triangle, rectangle, circle, 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 experts measure the width and the length of your window, noting each and every curve, angle, corner, or arch. Next, we enter the dimensions into advanced software to create a template for the shutter that exactly fits your window. This way, the shutter frame’s edges follow your window’s frame. And once they are set up, the louvers can be tilted across the entire window - regardless of its shape. It’s true. You won’t be left with arch window shutters that can’t be opened. And the shutters make the shape of the window shine!

2. How Does The Way The Window Operates Affect How The Shutters Are Installed?

Installing shutters on a window shouldn’t impact the window operation. Windows that tilt, slide, or open with a crank can have plantation shutters installed. That’s because plantation shutters are custom-fit to the type of window you have.

Whether the shutter frame is mounted inside or outside the window’s opening, it‘s based on the way the window opens. If the window is operated using a crank, the shutter frame is usually mounted on the outside. The same goes for windows that tilt in. But windows that slide have the shutter frame installed on the inside of the window opening. How deep the windowsill is, how much clearance there is above and below the window, and the shape of the window also determine the shutter frame type you select.

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

3. How Does A Security System Impact How The Shutters Are Installed?

Your security system effectively protects you and your family from break-ins. When installing shutters on your windows, consider the type of detector you have in that area.

If the motion detector is directly on the window frame or the window itself, installing shutters shouldn’t set off the alarm or alter its performance. That’s because the shutters do not obstruct with 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 the wall, shutters won’t set off the alarm either. This type of detector transmits infrared rays and uses the reflection of those rays to sense if there is a change in the area. An unwanted visitor obstructs the detector’s rays, triggering an alarm. The shutters themselves won’t.

Our specialists have installed shutters with all sorts of security systems in place. Installing shutters in Chicago should never compromise your family’s security - and your peace of mind.

Ask Us About Installing Shutters In Chicago, IL

Have more questions about how to install shutters? Our specialists have all the tips and tricks to installing shutters in Chicago, IL. And we carry the best variety of new shutters. Call us at 847-250-6544 or fill out the form below to schedule your free in-home design consultation today!