Dispelling Myths About Shutters

Cory Cryer

We spend a lot of time speaking with homeowners about shutters in Houston.

And even if it may come as a surprise, when we talk with homeowners in Space City, we hear the same few myths about shutters floating around. We want to take a few minutes to set the facts straight and expose some common plantation shutter myths so that you’re able to make the best choice for your home when you want new window treatments.

Myth: Shutters Are Simple to Install Yourself

Many home improvement projects are easy to do on your own in just one afternoon. Installing shutters probably isn’t one of them, however.

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Installing new shutters can be hard from the start, as the measurements of the dimensions of your windows must be incredibly precise to ensure an easy and snug fit, as well as to enable proper operation of your windows. Depending on the shutter material, from Polywood® shutters to reclaimed wood shutters, hoisting big shutter panels and installing them straight might present a difficult job. If just one step of the process is done wrong, you may end up with misshapen shutters or draftiness from ill-fitting weather-stripping.

Myth: Shutters Make Homes Look Dark

Some home designers might not prefer shutters, thinking shutters will make a home look dark or dimly lit. This myth likely results from inexperience with shutters.

Think of this: sunlight will always enter into your home at an angle. What shutters do is give you the ability to change that angle by adjusting their louvers, granting you more control over how much light comes inside. And don’t forget, shutters are able to swing open all the way to let in as much light as you could want.

Houston basement with polywood shutters.

Myth: Shutters Are Expensive

It’s accurate that shutters aren’t as cheap as discount rack blinds from a big box store. However this myth is more about how you think about shutters. If you think about them simply as a basic decoration that isn’t expected to last more than a few years, then yes, shutters can be a tad expensive. But shutters are a lasting part of your home, and come with multiple benefits: they’re energy efficient and are shown to lower heat and air conditioning bills, they can increase your house’s appraisal value, and shutters are able to last a lifetime, unlike blinds–which will need to be replaced often over time.

Myth: Shutters Only Work In Old Homes

Perhaps the name “plantation shutters” resulted in the myth that shutters are an “old-timey” treatment, but it definitely isn’t accurate. While shutters were frequently used in older home styles throughout the years, their crisp, clean lines and neutral colors allow them to fit in just as easily with more chic, modern designs. Plantation shutters are the pinnacle of versatile window treatments.

interior shutters in Houston living room

Myth: Sunburst Shutters Houston Doesn’t Offer Design Consultations

Ok, this one isn’t a common myth–we just wanted to see if you were paying attention.

The Sunburst Shutters Houston team is always happy to come to you for a free, no-strings-attached window covering consultation. Just call 713-853-9629 or complete the form below to begin learning the truth about what shutters can offer you.