4 Shutter Myths Dispelled04/03/2017Mike Horn We make a priority of speaking with residents about shutters in New Brunswick. And even if it may come as a surprise, when we talk to people across Summit, we hear the same few shutter myths floating around. Let’s spend a few minutes to expose some common myths surrounding shutters so you can make the best choice for your space when you want new window treatments. Myth: Shutters Are Simple to Install Yourself Many home design projects are simple enough to do by yourself in a single day. Installing shutters probably isn’t one of them, though. Putting in new shutters can be tricky from the get-go, as the measurements of the window dimensions need to be extremely precise to ensure an easy and tight fit, as well as to ensure that your windows can still open and shut. Depending on the shutter material, from Polywood® shutters to reclaimed wood shutters, raising big shutter panels and installing them straight can be a difficult task. Unless each part of the process is done correctly, you may 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 shy away from shutters, believing they’ll make a home look dark or dimly lit. This myth probably results from being unfamiliar with interior shutters. Think of this: sunlight always comes through your windows at an angle. What shutters do is let you change that angle by tilting their louvers, offering you more control over level of light. And bear in mind, shutters are able to swing open all the way to let in 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 department store. However this myth is all about how you’re thinking about shutters. If you think about shutters as just a simple decoration that isn’t expected to survive more than a year or two, then yes, shutters can be a little expensive. But shutters are a lasting part of your house, and have several benefits: they’re energy efficient and can lower your monthly HVAC bills, they can increase the value of your home, and shutters are able to last decades, unlike blinds–which will need to be replaced over and over again. Myth: Shutters Make a House Look Old Perhaps the name “plantation shutters” has something to do with the myth that shutters are only good for old houses, but it definitely isn’t true. While shutters were typical for older home styles stretching back decades, their straight, clean geometry and neutral shades allow them to fit in just as well with more chic, up-to-date designs. Plantation shutters are the pinnacle of versatile window treatments. Myth: Sunburst Shutters New Brunswick Won’t Offer Free Consultations Ok, that wasn’t a common myth–we just wanted to see if you were paying attention. The Sunburst Shutters New Brunswick team is always thrilled to come to you for a free, no-hassle window covering consultation. Simply call 732-301-6168 or complete the form below to get started on learning the truth about what shutters can do for you.