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Exposing 4 Myths About Shutters

April 03, 2017

We make a priority of talking to homeowners about shutters in Austin.

And though it may come as a surprise, when we speak with people across ATX, we hear the same couple of myths about shutters repeated. We want to take a few minutes to expose some of the most common myths about plantation shutters so that you can make the best choice for your space when you want new window treatments.

Myth: Shutters Are Easy to Install Yourself

Lots of home design projects can easily be done by yourself in a single afternoon. Installing shutters probably isn’t one of them, however.

Austin shutter installer

Installing new shutters can be tricky from the beginning, as the measurements of the lengths and angles of the windows have to be extremely precise to ensure a smooth and tight fit, as well as to enable proper operation of your windows. 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 probably comes from unfamiliarity with plantation shutters.

Think of it this way: outside light always comes through your windows from an angle. An interior shutter will allow you to alter that angle by adjusting their louvers, offering you better control over amount of light that comes in. And remember, shutters can still swing completely open to let in all the light you might need.

Austin great room with white shutters.

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 just as 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 come with several benefits: shutters are energy efficient and can lower your monthly HVAC bills, they can add to your house’s appraisal value, and shutters can last decades, unlike blinds–which will need to be replaced often over time.

Myth: Shutters Only Look Good In Old Homes

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 let them fit in with more chic, up-to-date designs just as easily. Interior shutters are the pinnacle of versatile window treatments.

interior shutters in Austin living room

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 fill the form below to get started on learning the truth about what shutters can offer your Austin home.