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4 Shutter Myths Revealed

April 03, 2017

We spend a lot of time speaking with residents about shutters in Raleigh.

And even if it may be surprising, when we talk to people across Oak City, we hear a few myths about shutters repeated. Let’s spend a few minutes to set the facts straight and expose some oft-repeated myths surrounding shutters so that you’re able to make the right choice for your space when investigating new window treatments.

Myth: Shutters Are Simple to DIY

Lots of home improvement projects are easy to do on your own in just one weekend. Installing shutters might not be one of them, though.

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Installing new shutters can be difficult from the get-go, as the measurements of the window dimensions must be very precise to ensure a smooth and tight fit, as well as to make sure your windows are able to operate. Depending on the shutter material, from Polywood® shutters to reclaimed wood shutters, hoisting large shutters and installing them straight might present a rough job. Unless every part of the process is done exactly right, you could end up with misshapen shutters or draftiness from weather-stripping that doesn’t fit.

Myth: Shutters Make Your Home Look Dim

Less-informed home designers might shy away from shutters, thinking shutters will make a home look “too dark” or dim. This myth likely stems from being unfamiliar with interior shutters.

Think of this: sunlight will always enter into your home at an angle. What shutters do is give you the ability to modify that angle by adjusting their louvers, giving you more control over amount of light that comes in. And remember, shutters are able to swing open all the way to allow all the light you could need.

Raleigh family room with custom shutters.

Myth: Shutters Are Too Expensive

It’s accurate that shutters won’t be as cheap as common blinds from a big box store. However 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 can be fairly expensive. But shutters are a lasting addition to your home, and offer multiple benefits: they’re energy efficient and are proven to lower heat and air conditioning bills, they can increase your house’s appraisal value, and shutters can last a lifetime, unlike blinds–which will have to be replaced over and over again.

Myth: Shutters Make a House Look Old

Maybe the name “plantation shutters” has something to do with the myth that shutters are an “old-timey” treatment, but it certainly isn’t true. While shutters were typical for older home styles throughout the years, their straight, clean geometry and neutral shades makes it so they fit in just as easily with more fashionable, up-to-date designs. Shutters are the definition of versatile window treatments.

polywood shutters in Raleigh family room

Myth: Sunburst Shutters Raleigh Doesn’t Offer Complimentary Consultations

Ok, this one isn’t a popular myth–just making sure you’re paying attention.

The Sunburst Shutters Raleigh team is always happy to come to you for a complimentary, no-hassle window covering consultation. Just call 919-887-9198 or use the form below to begin learning the truth about what shutters can do for you.