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Dispelling Myths About Shutters

April 03, 2017

We do a lot of talking to homeowners about shutters in Clearwater.

And though it may be surprising, when we talk with homeowners in , we hear the same couple of myths about shutters floating around. We want to spend a few minutes to set the facts straight and dispel some of the most common myths about plantation shutters so you’re able to make the right choice for your home when looking into new window treatments.

Myth: Shutters Are Simple to Install Yourself

Many home projects can easily be done by yourself in a single afternoon. Putting in shutters probably isn’t one of them, though.

Clearwater shutter installer

Putting in new shutters can be difficult from the get-go, as the measurements of the lengths and angles of the windows have to be very precise to ensure an easy and tight fit, as well as to make sure your windows can still open and close. Depending on the shutter material, from Polywood® shutters to reclaimed wood shutters, lifting big shutters and installing them level might present a rough task. If a single step of the process is done wrong, you may end up with uneven shutters or frequent drafts from ill-fitting weather-stripping.

Myth: Shutters Will Make Homes Look Dim

A few home designers might shy away from shutters, claiming shutters will make a space look “too dark” or dim. This myth most likely stems from being unfamiliar with interior shutters.

Think about this: outside light will always enter into your home from an angle. What shutters do is give you the ability to modify that angle by adjusting their louvers, giving you more effective control over how much light comes inside. And keep in mind, shutters are able to swing open all the way to let in as much light as you could want.

Clearwater sunroom with white shutters.

Myth: Shutters Are Expensive

It’s accurate that shutters aren’t as cheap as discount rack blinds from a department store. But this myth has to do with how you think about shutters. If you’re thinking them simply as a plain decoration that you don’t expect to last more than a few years, then yes, shutters are a tad expensive. But shutters are a permanent addition to your home, and come with multiple benefits: they’re energy efficient and can lower heating and AC bills, they can increase your home value, and shutters are able to last generations, unlike blinds–which will need replacements often over time.

Myth: Shutters Make a Home Look Old-Timey

Perhaps the name “plantation shutters” resulted in the myth that shutters are an “old-timey” treatment, but it definitely isn’t accurate. While shutters were typical for older home styles throughout the years, their straight, clean lines and neutral shades makes it so they fit in with more chic, modern designs just as seamlessly. Plantation shutters are the definition of versatile window treatments.

interior shutters in Clearwater family room

Myth: Sunburst Shutters Clearwater No Longer Offers Design Consultations

Ok, this one isn’t a popular myth–just making sure you’re paying attention.

The Sunburst Shutters Clearwater team is always thrilled to come out to your home for a complimentary, no-hassle window covering consultation. Simply call 813-580-7288 or fill the form below to begin learning the truth about what shutters can offer your Clearwater home.