Dispelling 4 Shutter Myths04/03/2017Blake Jarman We spend a lot of time speaking with residents about shutters in Raleigh. And though it may be surprising, when we talk to people in 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 perfect 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. Installing new shutters can be difficult from the beginning, as the measurements of the window dimensions must be very precise to ensure a smooth 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, raising large shutter panels and installing them straight may present a rough job. If a single part of the process is done incorrectly, you could end up with uneven shutters or draftiness from weather-stripping that doesn’t fit. Myth: Shutters Make Homes Look Dim Less-informed home designers might shy away from shutters, claiming shutters will make a home look “too dark” or dim. This myth likely comes from being unfamiliar with interior shutters. Think of it this way: sunlight will always enter into your home at an angle. Shutters give you the ability to change 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. Myth: Shutters Are Too Expensive It’s accurate that shutters won’t be as cheap as common blinds from a home improvement 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 year or two, 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 home value, and shutters can last a lifetime, unlike blinds–which will need to be replaced over and over again. Myth: Shutters Make a House Look Old Maybe the name “plantation shutters” resulted in the myth that shutters are an “old-timey” treatment, but it certainly isn’t true. While shutters were frequently used in 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. 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 ready to come to you for a complimentary, no-hassle window treatment consultation. Just call 919-887-9198 or use the form below to begin learning the truth about what shutters can do for you.