Polywood shutters in a living room

The Chicago Guide To Shutters and Replacing Windows

August 21, 2017

You know what to expect when you install plantation shutters in your Chicago home: fashionable looks, fantastic light control, and protective insulation for a comfier home. But what happens if something unexpected happens, making you have to replace your window? What needs to happen with your shutters? 

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

You can replace windows without replacing your shutters

Maybe the question we’re asked the most about window replacements is if you can swap your windows without getting rid of your shutters. The answer in nearly all cases is yes you can! It’s fairly uncommon that your shutters will interfere with replacing a window, and in those cases the shutters easily detach from the window frame and can be reinstalled after the work is done.

Shutter install in Chicago living room 

There may be a rare case where your replacement windows might not work with your existing shutters, for example 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 may be able to find a solution to work with the new windows, whether it’s a new frame or swapping how your shutters are mounted.

With The Right Shutters, You Might 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 for better looks?

If it’s the latter, what you might really be in the market for is a better 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 shutters, you can upgrade how your windows look, but with much less hassle.

Plantation shutters in Chicago bedroom 

Moreover, installing shutters is a more valuable home investment, because they are both an architectural feature and an aesthetic addition.

There’s No Extra Work Needed to Install Shutters

Some Chicago homeowners think that you need to swap out your windows, frame, or trim before you can have shutters installed. That’s certainly not the case. Even if your windows have a unique shape, opening mechanism, or tilt a certain way, Sunburst can build a set of shutters that operate perfectly in tandem with your existing setup. From a unique mount that pairs with your existing trim, to a custom build that makes room for a window crank, there’s no additional work required.

Have Any Other Questions About Window Replacements and Shutters?

If you have more questions on replacing a window that has shutters on it, or need to put in shutters on a replacement window, Sunburst Shutters Chicago is here to help. Call our pros at 847-250-6544 today or use our contact form below to get in touch. And be sure to check out our Shutter FAQs for more info.
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