The Chicago Guide To Shutters and Replacing Windows08/21/2017Richard Rampton You know what you’re in for when you put 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 do you do about your shutters? Luckily, we’re here to help. This is everything you need to know about shutters and replacing your windows. 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 a resounding yes! It’s fairly uncommon that a set of plantation 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. There may be a rare case where your new windows might not work with your existing shutters, such as 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 installers may be able to devise 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 broken or is starting to crack, that makes sense. But what if you’re thinking about getting a new window just because you need more effective insulation, or a better looking window? 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 update how your windows look, but with much less hassle. Moreover, plantation shutters are a more valuable home investment, because they are an architectural feature that add real appraisal value to your entire home. There’s No Extra Work Required to Install Shutters Some Chicago homeowners believe that you need to swap out your windows, frame, or trim before you can have shutters installed. That’s definitely not the case. Even if your windows have an unusual 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 your questions answered. And be sure to check out our Shutter FAQs for more info.