Dispelling Shutter Myths04/03/2017Lisa Renee Nieberding 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 oft-repeated 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 Lots of home design projects can easily be done by yourself in just one weekend. Putting in shutters might not be one of them, though. 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 make sure your windows can still open and shut. Depending on what the shutters are made of, from Polywood® shutters to reclaimed wood shutters, raising big shutters and installing them level might be a tough task. Unless every part of the process is done correctly, you might end up with uneven shutters or frequent drafts from ill-fitting weather-stripping. Myth: Shutters Will Make Homes Look Dim Less-informed home designers might shy away from shutters, claiming shutters tend to make a home look “too dark” or dim. This myth likely results from unfamiliarity with plantation shutters. Think about this: light from the sun will always enter into your home at an angle. What shutters do is allow you to change that angle by tilting their louvers, offering you better control over amount of light that comes in. And don’t forget, shutters can still swing completely open to allow all the light you might need. Myth: Shutters Are Expensive It’s a fact that shutters won’t be as cheap as your run of the mill blinds from a big box store. However this myth is more about how you’re thinking about shutters. If you’re thinking them simply as 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 house’s appraisal value, and shutters are able to last decades, unlike blinds–which will need replacements repeatedly throughout the years. Myth: Shutters Only Work In Old Homes Perhaps the name “plantation shutters” has something to do with the myth that shutters are only good for old houses, but it certainly isn’t accurate. While shutters were frequently used in older home styles stretching back decades, their crisp, clean geometry and neutral shades let them fit in with more chic, up-to-date designs just as easily. Shutters are the definition of versatile window treatments. 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 covering consultation. Just call 513-216-9740 or complete the form below to get started on learning the truth about what shutters can do for you.