4 Shutter Myths Exposed04/03/2017Tyler Jorgensen We make a priority of talking to homeowners about shutters in Austin. And even if it may come as a surprise, when we speak with people in ATX, we hear the same couple of myths about shutters repeated. We want to take a few minutes to set the facts straight and expose some of the most common plantation shutter myths so that you can make the best choice for your space when looking into new window treatments. Myth: Shutters Are Easy to Install Yourself Lots of home improvement projects can easily be done by yourself in a single afternoon. Installing shutters probably isn’t one of them, however. Installing new shutters can be difficult from the beginning, as the measurements of the lengths and angles of the windows have to be very precise to ensure a smooth and tight fit, as well as to make sure your windows can still open and shut. Depending on what the shutters are made of, from Polywood® shutters to reclaimed wood shutters, hoisting big shutter panels and installing them straight can present a rough job. Unless every step of the process is done correctly, you could end up with misshapen shutters or draftiness from weather-stripping that doesn’t fit. Myth: Shutters Will Make Your Home Look Dim A few home designers might shy away from shutters, thinking they’ll make houses look “too dark” or dim. This myth likely stems from unfamiliarity with plantation shutters. Think of it this way: outside light always comes through your windows from an angle. An interior shutter will let you alter that angle by adjusting their louvers, offering you better control over level of light. And bear in mind, shutters can still swing completely open to let in all the light you might need. Myth: Shutters Cost a Lot It’s true that shutters aren’t as cheap as common blinds from a hardware store. However this myth has to do with how you think about shutters. If you’re thinking them as just a basic decoration that you don’t expect to survive more than a year or two, then yes, shutters are a little expensive. But shutters are a lasting part of your home, and have several benefits: shutters are energy efficient and can lower your monthly HVAC bills, they can add to your home value, and shutters can last a lifetime, unlike blinds–which will need to be replaced often over time. Myth: Shutters Make a Home Look Old Maybe the name “plantation shutters” is to blame for the myth that shutters are an “old-timey” treatment, but it definitely isn’t true. While shutters were mainstays of older home styles stretching back decades, their straight, clean lines and neutral shades allow them to fit in just as well with more chic, up-to-date designs. Interior shutters are the pinnacle of versatile window treatments. Myth: Sunburst Shutters Austin Doesn’t Offer Free Consultations Ok, that wasn’t a common myth–just making sure you’re paying attention. The Sunburst Shutters Austin team is always ready to come out to your home for a free, no-strings-attached window design consultation. Just call 512-549-6077 or complete the form below to get started on learning the truth about what shutters can offer you.