Plantation shutters paired with curtains

Exposing 4 Shutter Myths

April 03, 2017

We spend a lot of time speaking with homeowners about shutters in Detroit.

And though it may be surprising, when we speak with people in Great Lakes Area, we hear the same couple of shutter myths repeated. Let’s spend a few minutes to set the facts straight and dispel some oft-repeated myths about plantation shutters so you’re able to make the best choice for your home when you want new window treatments.

Myth: Shutters Are Simple to Install Yourself

Lots of home improvement projects can easily be done on your own in just one weekend. Putting in shutters may not be one of them, however.

Detroit shutter installer

Installing new shutters can be tricky from the get-go, as the measurements of the dimensions of your windows need to be extremely precise to ensure a smooth and tight fit, as well as to enable proper operation of your windows. Depending on what the shutters are made of, from Polywood® shutters to reclaimed wood shutters, raising large shutter panels and installing them straight can be a tough job. If just one part of the process is done wrong, you could end up with crooked shutters or draftiness from weather-stripping that doesn’t fit.

Myth: Shutters Make Houses Look Dim

Some home designers might shy away from shutters, claiming shutters will make a space look dark or dim. This myth probably results from being unfamiliar with interior shutters.

Think of it this way: light from the sun always comes into your home from an angle. An interior shutter will give you the ability to modify that angle by adjusting their louvers, granting you more control over amount of light that comes in. And don’t forget, shutters are able to swing completely open to let in as much light as you might need.

Detroit sunroom with white shutters.
 

Myth: Shutters Are Too Expensive

It’s true that shutters won’t be as cheap as discount rack blinds from a big box store. But this myth has to do with how you think about shutters. If you think about shutters simply as a basic decoration that isn’t expected to last more than a year or two, then yes, shutters are fairly expensive. But shutters are a lasting addition to your house, and come with several benefits: shutters are energy efficient and are shown to lower your monthly HVAC bills, they can increase your home value, and shutters are able to last a lifetime, unlike blinds–which will need to be replaced often over time.

Myth: Shutters Make a House Look Old-Timey

Perhaps the name “plantation shutters” has caused the myth that shutters are an “old-timey” treatment, but it certainly isn’t accurate. While shutters were seen often in older home styles throughout the years, their straight, clean lines and neutral tones let them fit in just as easily with more fashionable, up-to-date designs. Interior shutters are the definition of versatile window treatments.

interior shutters in Detroit family room
 

Myth: Sunburst Shutters Detroit No Longer Offers Design Consultations

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

The Sunburst Shutters Detroit team is always happy to come to you for a free, no-strings-attached window treatment consultation. Simply call 248-429-9294 or use the form below to get started on learning the truth about what shutters can offer your Detroit home.

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