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What To Know About Replacing Windows and Shutters

August 21, 2017

You know what to expect when you put plantation shutters in your Virginia Beach home: fashionable looks, discrete light control, and great insulation for a cozier home. But what if disaster strikes, resulting in you needing to replace your window? What should you do with your shutters? 

Fortunately, we can help. This is what you should know about how shutters and window replacements interact.

You don’t need to replace your shutters when you replace your window

Maybe the most common question asked about shutters and replacing windows is if you can replace your windows without having to replace your shutters. The answer in nearly all cases is yes you can! It’s very rare that your shutters will interfere with replacing a window, and even in those rare instances the shutters easily detach from the bracket affixed to the frame and can be reinstalled after the replacement is done.

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There might be the odd case where your new windows could interfere with your custom shutters, for example if you’re installing tilting windows or casement windows. If that’s the case, you may still be able to keep your shutters. Our installers may be able to come up with a solution to accomodate the new windows, whether it’s a different frame or changing how your shutters are mounted.

With The Right Shutters, You Might Not Need Replacement Windows

Why are you replacing your windows? If your window is starting to show signs of cracking, that makes sense. But what if you’re trying to replace your window just because you want more effective insulation, or for better looks?

If that’s the case, what you might actually need is a better window treatment. An effective insulator like Polywood faux wood shutters can offer you better control over your home temperature than installing a double-pane window. With something like shutters, you can update how your windows look, but with much less hassle.

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

You Don’t Need Any Extra Work to Put In Shutters

Some homeowners in Virginia Beach are under the impression that you need to replace 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 work seamlessly in tandem with your current setup. From a unique mount that accentuates your window trim, to a custom build that makes room for a window crank, there’s no extra work necessary.

Any More Questions About Window Replacements and Shutters?

If you have more questions about replacing a window that has shutters on it, or want to install shutters on a replacement window, Sunburst Shutters Virginia Beach is here to help. Call our pros at 757-210-6448 today or fill out the contact form below to get your questions answered. And be sure to check out our Frequently Asked Questions About Shutters for more info.