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Dispelling Myths About Shutters

April 03, 2017

We make a priority of speaking with homeowners about shutters in Cleveland.

And though it may be surprising, when we talk to homeowners around C-Town, we hear the same few shutter myths repeated. Let’s spend a few moments to set the facts straight and dispel some oft-repeated myths about plantation shutters so that you can make the best choice for your house when it comes time for new window treatments.

Myth: Shutters Are Easy to Install Yourself

Several home design projects can easily be done by yourself in just one day. Putting in shutters probably isn’t one of them, however.

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Putting in new shutters can be difficult from the start, as the measurements of the dimensions of your windows need to be extremely 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, lifting large shutter panels and installing them level may be a rough job. Unless every part of the process is done correctly, you may end up with misshapen shutters or draftiness from weather-stripping that doesn’t fit.

Myth: Shutters Make Homes Look Dark

Less-informed home designers might shy away from shutters, claiming shutters tend to make a space look “too dark” or dimly lit. This myth likely stems from being unfamiliar with interior shutters.

Think of it this way: sunlight will always enter through your windows from an angle. An interior shutter will let you change that angle by adjusting their louvers, offering you better control over how much light comes inside. And remember, shutters are able to swing completely open to allow all the light you could need.

Cleveland basement with custom shutters.

Myth: Shutters Are Expensive

It’s a fact that shutters aren’t as cheap as your run of the mill blinds from a department store. But this myth is more about how you’re thinking about shutters. If you think about them simply as a plain decoration that isn’t expected to survive more than a few years, then yes, shutters are a tad expensive. But shutters are a lasting part of your house, and offer several benefits: shutters are energy efficient and can lower heat and air conditioning bills, they can increase your home value, and shutters can last generations, unlike blinds–which will have to be replaced repeatedly throughout the years.

Myth: Shutters Make a Home Look Old-Timey

Maybe the name “plantation shutters” is to blame for the myth that shutters are only good for old houses, but it definitely isn’t accurate. While shutters were seen often in older home styles throughout the years, their straight, clean geometry and neutral colors makes it so they fit in just as well with more fashionable, modern designs. Interior shutters are the ultimate in versatile window treatments.

interior shutters in Cleveland living room

Myth: Sunburst Shutters Cleveland Doesn’t Offer Design Consultations

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

The Sunburst Shutters Cleveland team is always ready to come to you for a free, no-strings-attached window treatment consultation. Just call 440-561-6787 or use the form below to get started on learning the truth about what shutters can offer you.