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What to Know About Shutters and Replacing Windows

September 17, 2018

You know what you’re in for when you install plantation shutters in your home: great looks, fantastic light control, and great insulation for a comfier home. But what if something unexpected happens, like if you need to replace your window? What needs to happen with your shutters?

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Luckily, we can help. Here’s what you need to know about shutters and replacing your windows.

You Can Replace Windows Without Replacing Your Shutters

Maybe the most common question asked about shutters and replacing windows is if you can replace your windows without getting rid of your shutters. The answer in almost every single case is yes, you can! It’s very rare that a set of plantation shutters will interfere with replacing a window, and in those cases they’re easy to detach from the window frame and reattach after the replacement is done.

There may be the odd case where your replacement windows could interfere with your plantation shutters, such as if you’re installing tilt-in sash windows. If that’s the case, you still don’t need to say goodbye to your shutters – our shutter installers can help come up with a solution to accommodate the new style, whether it’s a different frame, or changing the mount on your shutters.

With Shutters You Might Not Need To Replace Windows

Why do you want to replace your window? If your window is broken or is starting to crack, that’s understandable. But what if you’re in the market for a new window just because you want better insulation or a better-looking window?

If that’s the case, what you might actually need is an effective window treatment. A great insulating window treatment like Polywood faux wood shutters or honeycomb cellular shades can improve your temperature control better than almost any double-pane window. And no matter what kind of fancy window you buy, it’s all just glass and frame, which look identical to a casual observer. With something like shutters, you can completely revamp the look of your windows with a lot less hassle.

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Moreover, an investment in shutters is a more valuable investment in your home, since they’re an architectural feature that add real appraisal value to your entire home.

You Don’t Need To Do Work To Your Windows/Trim to Put In Shutters

Some homeowners are under the impression that you have to swap out your windows, frame, or trim with specialty replacements in order to install shutters. That’s absolutely not the case. Even if your windows have a unique shape, operating mechanism, or tilt or open a certain way, Sunburst can design shutters that work perfectly in tandem with your window setup. From a unique mount that accentuates your existing trim, to custom cutouts that make room for a window crank, there’s no extra work required on your windows when you put in shutters.

Any More Questions on Window Replacements and Shutters?

If you have any questions on replacing a window that has shutters on it, or need to install shutters on a replacement window, Sunburst can help. Call your local Sunburst Shutters location at 877-786-2877 today or use our contact form below to reach out with any concerns you have.