Dispelling Shutter Myths04/03/2017Gary Harding 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 myths about plantation shutters 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 design projects can easily be done by yourself in a single afternoon. Putting in shutters probably isn’t one of them, however. Installing new shutters can be difficult from the get-go, as the measurements of the dimensions of your windows 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, raising big shutters and installing them level might be a tough job. Unless each part of the process is done correctly, you may end up with misshapen shutters or draftiness from ill-fitting weather-stripping. Myth: Shutters Make Homes Look Dim A few home designers might not prefer shutters, claiming shutters will make houses look “too dark” or dimly lit. This myth likely results from being unfamiliar with interior shutters. Think of it this way: outside light always comes into your home from an angle. Shutters give you the ability to alter that angle by adjusting their louvers, giving you more control over level of light. And remember, shutters can still swing completely open to allow all the light you could need. Myth: Shutters Are Expensive It’s a fact that shutters won’t be as cheap as your run of the mill blinds from a home improvement 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 a little expensive. But shutters are a permanent part of your house, and offer several benefits: shutters are energy efficient and can lower heating and AC bills, they can add to the value of your home, and shutters are able to last decades, 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 colors allow them to fit in just as easily with more fashionable, up-to-date designs. Interior shutters are the ultimate in versatile window treatments. 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 treatment consultation. Simply call 720-538-0182 or use the form below to begin learning the truth about what shutters can offer you.