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Are DIY Plantation Shutters A Savvy Choice For Your Minneapolis Home?

January 20, 2016

DIY plantation shutters for your Minneapolis home may seem like a savvy choice at first. You purchase the shutters, and you start mounting them according to the steps listed in the accompanying pamphlet.

Unlike other home improvement projects, there are more than a hundred ways to make serious missteps when mounting plantation shutters. You could measure the window inaccurately or destroy something while setting up the shutters. The product will then become inoperable or the material will be ruined. And you have to order all the pieces again.

If you don’t have the experience, the finishing touches, and the tools, you’re at a greater risk of ending up with a mistake. When it comes to DIY plantation shutters, the cost of a mistake is not worth it. Here are 5 more reasons why DIY plantation shutters are not a smart choice for your Minneapolis home.

1. The Right Shutter Product

The vendor you buy shutters from is unlikely to have the products you need. In addition, they may not assist you in figuring out what works best for a particular room. Plantation shutters that work in the dining room may not be good candidates for the bathroom where they’d be subjected to high humidity. And keep in mind that not all shutters fit all windows.

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

2. Different Window Shapes

Arched plantation shutters in contemporary bedroom

Not all your windows are the same size. And they might even be different shapes, like arched, circle, octagon, and triangle.

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

And just when you didn’t think it could get any worse, DIY plantation shutters for a uniquely shaped window might result in shutters that don’t open and close with ease. You might set up the shutter where the louvers cannot be adjusted easily.

Our specialists measure the length and width of your window - and each corner in between. This ensures that your uniquely shaped indoor shutters fit perfectly. Then, using state-of-the-art computer software and technology and relying on more than 40 of experience with window shutters, we craft your interior shutters to fit your uniquely shaped windows flawlessly.

3. Challenging Window Types

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

Our specialists have seen every window type you can imagine. They’ve mounted plantation shutters on French doors, sliding glass doors, bay windows, double hung windows, windows with cranks - you name it! We install the right indoor shutters in the louver size you need so that you can use your shutters - and window - effectively.

4. Attention To Detail

Every piece, every one eighth inch, every angle matters when mounting plantation shutters yourself. So keep an eye out for the details. If the louvers bind and the panel is not level, you end up with window shutters that have limited functionality, big gaps, and tightness all over. These issues can cause irregular wear and tear on shutters. The shutter panels may not even work correctly.

If the DIY plantation shutters are not set up squarely, it’s possible that too much pressure can build up from weight and usage. And this might cause the shutters to break.

Minimize the stress that goes into this project by hiring professionals to install your plantation shutters in Minneapolis, MN. Some local stores, like Sunburst Shutters Minneapolis, extend you a white glove service. We’ve been mounting plantation shutters for more than 40 years. Our professionals are aware of each and every detail of the installation process so that your plantation shutters are beautifully finished every time - and operate readily. Don’t worry. You won’t have to even tell us to wear protective booties over our shoes (or watch for that fancy vase). We treat your residence with the same care we bring to your windows.

5. Overall Cost

At first, the main cost of DIY plantation shutters seems to be the shutters themselves. But the costs of materials to apply the finishing touches, the tools needed, and additional shutters parts add up quickly. And that’s without mentioning the stress and physical demands of this whole installation process. Can you handle the true cost of DIY plantation shutters?

Hire A Plantation Shutters Specialist In Minneapolis, MN Today

Shutters professional installing Polywood shutters

Where DIY plantation shutters are concerned in Minneapolis, it’s a project for the experts at Sunburst Shutters Minneapolis. We’ll visit your residence and explain the process of picking the plantation shutters that match your decor. And we’ll measure your windows accurately so we can craft your shutters to look stunning and operate beautifully. Let us stress over all the installation details for you. You’ll love how beautiful your plantation shutters look when we’re done!

Call us at 952-856-8130 or fill out the form below to schedule your free in-home consultation today!