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Dispelling Shutter Myths

April 03, 2017

We spend a lot of time speaking with residents about shutters in Cincinnati.

And although it may be surprising, when we speak with homeowners around Cincy, we hear a couple of shutter myths floating around. We want to take a few moments to set the facts straight and expose some common myths surrounding shutters so you’re able to make the perfect choice for your home when investigating new window treatments.

Myth: Shutters Are Easy to DIY

Many home improvement projects can easily be done by yourself in just one weekend. Putting in shutters might not be one of them, though.

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Putting in new shutters can be hard from the get-go, as the measurements of the lengths and angles of the windows must be very precise to ensure an easy and snug fit, as well as to enable proper operation of your windows. Depending on what the shutters are made of, from Polywood® shutters to reclaimed wood shutters, hoisting big shutters and installing them level may be a tough task. If just one step of the process is done wrong, you may end up with uneven shutters or frequent drafts from ill-fitting weather-stripping.

Myth: Shutters Will Make Houses Look Dim

Less-informed home designers might opt out of shutters, thinking shutters will make a home look “too dark” or dim. This myth probably results from unfamiliarity with plantation shutters.

Think about this: light from the sun will always enter into your home from an angle. Shutters let you change that angle by tilting their louvers, offering you better control over level of light. And don’t forget, shutters can still swing completely open to allow all the light you might need.

Cincinnati sunroom with polywood shutters.

Myth: Shutters Cost a Lot

It’s true that shutters won’t be as cheap as discount rack 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 basic decoration that you don’t expect to last more than a few years, then yes, shutters are a little expensive. But shutters are a lasting part of your home, and offer several benefits: they’re energy efficient and can lower heating and AC bills, they can increase your home value, and shutters are able to last a lifetime, unlike blinds–which will need replacements repeatedly throughout the years.

Myth: Shutters Only Work In Old Homes

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

polywood shutters in Cincinnati family room

Myth: Sunburst Shutters Cincinnati Doesn’t Offer Free Consultations

Ok, that wasn’t a popular myth–we just wanted to see if you were paying attention.

The Sunburst Shutters Cincinnati team is always happy to come out to your home for a complimentary, no-strings-attached window treatment consultation. Just call 513-216-9740 or fill the form below to get started on learning the truth about what shutters can do for your Cincinnati home.