Exposing 4 Shutter Myths04/03/2017Steve Hill We spend a lot of time speaking with homeowners about shutters in Detroit. And even if 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 common 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 Many home improvement projects can easily be done on your own in just one weekend. Putting in shutters probably isn’t one of them, however. Installing new shutters can be tricky from the beginning, as the measurements of the window dimensions need to be extremely precise to ensure a smooth and snug fit, as well as to make sure your windows are able to open and shut. 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 difficult job. Unless each step of the process is done correctly, you could end up with crooked shutters or draftiness from weather-stripping that doesn’t fit. Myth: Shutters Make Homes Look Dim New home designers might shy away from shutters, claiming shutters will make a space look dark or dim. This myth likely results from being unfamiliar with interior shutters. Think of this: outside light 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. Myth: Shutters Are Too Expensive It’s a fact that shutters won’t be as cheap as discount rack blinds from a home improvement 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 a little expensive. But shutters are a lasting addition to your house, and come with several benefits: shutters are energy efficient and are shown to lower heating and AC bills, they can increase your home value, and shutters are able to last a lifetime, unlike blinds–which will have 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 colors let them fit in just as easily with more fashionable, up-to-date designs. Interior shutters are the definition of versatile window treatments. Myth: Sunburst Shutters Detroit No Longer Offers Complimentary Consultations Ok, that wasn’t a common myth–just making sure you’re paying attention. The Sunburst Shutters Detroit team is always ready to come to you for a free, no-strings-attached window covering 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.