Plantation shutters paired with curtains

4 Shutter Myths Revealed

April 03, 2017

We make a priority of speaking with residents about shutters in New Brunswick.

And though 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 improvement projects are simple enough to do by yourself in a single day. Installing shutters probably isn’t one of them, though.

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Installing new shutters can be difficult from the beginning, 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 operate. Depending on what the shutters are made of, from Polywood® shutters to reclaimed wood shutters, hoisting 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 houses look dark or dimly lit. This myth probably results from being unfamiliar with interior shutters.

Think of this: sunlight always comes through your windows from an angle. Shutters allow you to change that angle by tilting their louvers, giving 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.

New Brunswick great room with polywood shutters.
 

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 has to do with 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 come with 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 have to be replaced over and over again.

Myth: Shutters Make a House Look Old

Perhaps the name “plantation shutters” resulted in the myth that shutters are only good for old houses, but it definitely isn’t true. While shutters were frequently used in older home styles stretching back decades, their crisp, clean geometry and neutral shades allow them to fit in just as well with more chic, up-to-date designs. Interior shutters are the ultimate in versatile window treatments.

white shutters in New Brunswick family room
 

Myth: Sunburst Shutters New Brunswick No Longer Offers 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.

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