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4 Shutter Myths Dispelled

April 03, 2017

We make a priority of talking to homeowners about shutters in Salt Lake City.

And although it may come as a surprise, when we speak with homeowners across SLC, we hear the same few shutter myths floating around. We want to spend a few moments to dispel some oft-repeated myths about plantation shutters so that you can make the perfect choice for your home when you want new window treatments.

Myth: Shutters Are Easy to Install Yourself

Several home design projects can easily be done on your own in a single day. Putting in shutters might not be one of them, though.

Salt Lake City shutter installer

Putting in new shutters can be tricky from the start, as the measurements of the dimensions of your windows must be extremely 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, lifting large shutters and installing them level may present a difficult task. Unless each step of the process is done exactly right, you could end up with uneven shutters or draftiness from weather-stripping that doesn’t fit.

Myth: Shutters Make Houses Look Dark

A few home designers might not prefer shutters, thinking shutters tend to make a space look “too dark” or dimly lit. This myth probably stems from being unfamiliar with interior shutters.

Think of this: outside light always comes through your windows from an angle. Shutters give you the ability to alter that angle by adjusting their louvers, granting you more effective control over level of light. And don’t forget, shutters are able to swing completely open to let in as much light as you might need.

Salt Lake City family room with interior shutters.

Myth: Shutters Are Expensive

It’s accurate that shutters aren’t as cheap as discount rack blinds from a big box store. But this myth is more about how you’re thinking about shutters. If you’re thinking them just as a simple decoration that isn’t expected to last more than a few years, then yes, shutters can be a little expensive. But shutters are a permanent part of your house, and come with several benefits: shutters are energy efficient and are shown to lower heating and AC bills, they can add to the value of your home, and shutters are able to last generations, unlike blinds–which will have to be replaced repeatedly throughout the years.

Myth: Shutters Make a House Look Old

Perhaps the name “plantation shutters” has caused the myth that shutters are only good for old houses, 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 seamlessly. Shutters are the pinnacle of versatile window treatments.

polywood shutters in Salt Lake City living room

Myth: Sunburst Shutters Salt Lake City No Longer Offers Free Consultations

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

The Sunburst Shutters Salt Lake City team is always thrilled to come to you for a complimentary, no-hassle window design consultation. Just call 801-515-3598 or fill the form below to get started on learning the truth about what shutters can do for you.