Dispelling Myths About Shutters04/03/2017Nate Gromen We make a priority of speaking with homeowners about shutters in Cleveland. And even if it may be surprising, when we talk to homeowners around C-Town, we hear the same few shutter myths repeated. We want to spend a few moments to set the facts straight and expose some oft-repeated plantation shutter myths so that you can make the best choice for your space when it comes time for new window treatments. Myth: Shutters Are Simple to Install Yourself Several home design projects can easily be done by yourself in just one afternoon. Putting in shutters probably isn’t one of them, however. Putting in new shutters can be difficult from the start, as the measurements of the window dimensions 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 shutters and installing them level might be a rough job. Unless every part of the process is done correctly, you may end up with uneven shutters or draftiness from weather-stripping that doesn’t fit. Myth: Shutters Make Homes Look Dark Less-informed home designers might opt out of shutters, thinking shutters will make a space look “too dark” or dimly lit. This myth probably comes from unfamiliarity with plantation shutters. Think of this: sunlight will always enter through your windows from an angle. An interior shutter will let you modify that angle by adjusting their louvers, giving you more effective control over how much light comes inside. And remember, shutters are able to swing completely open to allow all the light you could need. Myth: Shutters Are Expensive It’s true that shutters aren’t as cheap as discount rack 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 basic 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 need 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 tones makes it so they fit in just as well with more fashionable, modern designs. Plantation shutters are the ultimate in versatile window treatments. 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 happy to come to you for a free, no-strings-attached window treatment consultation. Just call 440-561-6787 or use the form below to begin learning the truth about what shutters can offer you.