Dispelling Myths About Shutters04/03/2017Todd Hansen We do a lot of talking to residents about shutters in Orlando. And though it may be surprising, when we talk with homeowners around Orlando, we hear the same few myths about shutters floating around. Let’s take a few moments to dispel some of the most common plantation shutter myths so you’re able to make the best choice for your space when investigating new window treatments. Myth: Shutters Are Easy to Install Yourself Many home improvement projects can easily be done on your own in a single day. Installing shutters probably isn’t one of them, though. Putting in new shutters can be hard from the get-go, as the measurements of the lengths and angles of the windows have to be extremely precise to ensure an easy and snug 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, raising big shutters and installing them straight may be a rough task. Unless each step of the process is done correctly, you might end up with crooked shutters or frequent drafts from weather-stripping that doesn’t fit. Myth: Shutters Make Homes Look Dim Some home designers might opt out of shutters, thinking shutters will make houses look dark or dimly lit. This myth most likely stems from inexperience with shutters. Think of this: light from the sun will always enter through your windows from an angle. Shutters let you modify that angle by tilting their louvers, offering you more effective control over amount of light that comes in. And keep in mind, shutters can still swing completely open to allow as much light as you might need. Myth: Shutters Are Too Expensive It’s true that shutters won’t be as cheap as your run of the mill blinds from a home improvement store. However this myth is more about how you’re thinking about shutters. If you’re thinking them as just a simple decoration that isn’t expected to last more than a few years, then yes, shutters are fairly expensive. But shutters are a permanent addition to your house, 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 have to be replaced repeatedly throughout the years. Myth: Shutters Make a House Look Old-Timey Perhaps 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 tones allow them to fit in with more fashionable, modern designs just as well. Interior shutters are the definition of versatile window treatments. Myth: Sunburst Shutters Orlando No Longer Offers Free Consultations Ok, this one isn’t a common myth–we just wanted to see if you were paying attention. The Sunburst Shutters Orlando team is always thrilled to come to you for a free, no-hassle window treatment consultation. Just call 407-630-7011 or use the form below to begin learning the truth about what shutters can offer you.