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Professionally Installed Shutters vs. DIY Shutters

Yasmeen 1/9/2023 10:17:29 AM Benefits of Shutters, Buying and Fitting Shutters
If you are thinking of custom-fit plantation shutters for your home, you may think you need to hire a professional measure and install service to get the right look and fit. However, DIY shutters can save you money by cutting out the middleman, and with our easy-to-follow measuring and installation guides, you can achieve flawless, professional results yourself! 

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The benefits of DIY Shutters

DIY shutters are cheaper than installed shutters

Full-service shutter companies charge a premium price for their consultation, measuring and installation services. By having our measuring and installation guides and videos online only, we are able to offer 40% off MSRP year-round. 

We also offer additional promotions and incentives throughout the year. Follow us on Facebook or Instagram for exclusive promo codes and to stay up to date on our latest sales. 

Delivery times are shorter

Once your shutters are manufactured, they ship directly to you, with no need to wait for an installer to fit you into their schedule. With our included frames that are pre-hinged and ready-to-hang panels, installation is streamlined and super quick. 

With a range of materials offered, we are able to offer flexible options whether your priority is lead-time or budget. For fastest lead time, opt for one of our Express American-made options, including our PVC plantation shutter range. For the most affordable shutters with the most design options, opt for our budget-friendly ranges manufactured overseas with the same great quality and warranty as those made in the USA.

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Custom made shutters fit perfectly

Often a company that installs the shutters for you will take a substantial deduction from your window measurements for inside mount shutters to make sure the shutter slides easily into the window opening. This can result in shimming and caulking to fill any gaps after installation. 

By following our measuring guides, we get your exact smallest window opening dimensions to the nearest 1/16th of an inch and will make a recommended slight deduction for wiggle room for easier install but will take your window variances into account so you do not end up with too large of a gap as long as our measuring guides have been properly followed.

For outside mount shutters, we offer printable templates so you can make sure your measurements result in the look you are hoping to achieve – mount the outside mount frame tight up against the window opening or cover an existing trim either partially or fully. Our measuring guides walk you through all of these options and provide you with the specs and templates to help you visualize the end result.

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Made to measure plantation shutter design

Most full-service companies will quote you based on their opinion of the best shutter style and mount for your window. Rarely do they go over all the custom options that can be selected to tailor the design to fit your design aesthetic 100%. 

With our simple 4-step design page, you choose your shutter style, exact dimensions, panel configuration, slat size, tilt rod, paint (or stain) color, hinge color, and frame type. 

Visit the rest of our blog for detailed posts on the pros and cons of our various style options.
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Expert shutter installation guidance

With so many design options, you may feel stuck. Take advantage of our free design consultations and let our shutter experts guide you through your purchase. Send us pictures of your window openings to get expert recommendations, and order free samples to view the material and color options in person. 

With full-service companies, there is little communication from the measuring stage through, or after, installation. With The Shutter Store, you get an assigned shutter expert from start to finish, happy to answer any of your questions along the way. 

We will help you get the right specs selected for your order online, then verbally review and confirm all details prior to production so nothing is left to chance. We will be sure you have read and followed our measuring guides to ensure the shutters you receive will be the right look and fit for your windows. 

We continue to keep you posted with status updates, tracking information, and are here to answer any installation or troubleshooting questions. Our quick maintenance videos show you how to keep your shutters looking good as new for the long haul, and we are always here to help – just send pictures or video of any issues to our expert team for guidance at any time. 

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DIY Shutters or Installed Shutters

Ultimately if you can achieve the same professional look and fit for your shutters, but save 40% or more, why wouldn’t you? No matter how big, small, or oddly shaped your window is, we can and have made stunning shutters to fit! 

Choose from full height, café style, tier-on-tier, solid raised panel shutters, or special shapes. If you do not see the style or shape you are looking for, just send a picture of your existing window and/or the style you are looking to match and let us point you in the right direction. 

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