Plantation shutters paired with curtains

4 Shutter Myths Revealed

April 03, 2017

We spend a lot of time talking to homeowners about shutters in Denver.

And although it may come as a surprise, when we talk with people in Mile High City, we hear the same couple of shutter myths floating around. We want to spend a few moments to dispel some common plantation shutter myths so that you can make the right choice for your space when shopping for new window treatments.

Myth: Shutters Are Easy to Install Yourself

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

Denver shutter installer

Installing new shutters can be tricky from the beginning, as the measurements of the window dimensions need to be very precise to ensure an easy and tight fit, as well as to enable proper operation of your windows. Depending on the shutter material, from Polywood® shutters to reclaimed wood shutters, hoisting big shutters and installing them level might be a tough job. If just one step of the process is done incorrectly, you may end up with uneven shutters or draftiness from ill-fitting weather-stripping.

Myth: Shutters Make Houses Look Dim

A few home designers might not prefer shutters, thinking shutters tend to make a home look “too dark” or dimly lit. This myth probably results from unfamiliarity with plantation shutters.

Think of it this way: light from the sun always comes into your home at an angle. What shutters do is give you the ability to alter that angle by adjusting their louvers, offering you more control over level of light. And bear in mind, shutters can still swing completely open to allow all the light you could need.

Denver family room with interior shutters.
 

Myth: Shutters Cost a Lot

It’s true that shutters won’t be as cheap as your run of the mill blinds from a big box store. But this myth has to do with how you think about shutters. If you’re thinking shutters simply as a simple decoration that isn’t expected to last more than a year or two, then yes, shutters are fairly expensive. But shutters are a permanent part of your house, and offer several benefits: shutters are energy efficient and can lower your monthly HVAC bills, they can add to the value of your home, and shutters are able to last a lifetime, unlike blinds–which will need replacements repeatedly throughout the years.

Myth: Shutters Only Look Good In Older Homes

Perhaps the name “plantation shutters” is to blame for the myth that shutters are only good for old houses, but it certainly isn’t true. While shutters were typical for older home styles throughout the years, their straight, clean geometry and neutral tones let them fit in just as easily with more fashionable, up-to-date designs. Interior shutters are the ultimate in versatile window treatments.

interior shutters in Denver living room
 

Myth: Sunburst Shutters Denver Doesn’t Offer Design Consultations

Ok, that wasn’t a common myth–just making sure you’re paying attention.

The Sunburst Shutters Denver team is always ready to come out to your home for a complimentary, no-hassle window covering consultation. Simply call 720-538-0182 or use the form below to begin learning the truth about what shutters can offer your Denver home.

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