4 Shutter Myths Exposed04/03/2017Curtis Orton We do a lot of talking to homeowners about shutters in San Jose. And though it may come as a surprise, when we speak with homeowners in The Capital of Silicon Valley, we hear the same couple of shutter myths repeated. Let’s take a few minutes to set the facts straight and dispel some of the most common myths about plantation shutters so that you’re able to make the best choice for your house when shopping for new window treatments. Myth: Shutters Are Simple to DIY Many home improvement projects can easily be done by yourself in just one day. Installing shutters probably isn’t one of them, however. Installing new shutters can be difficult from the get-go, as the measurements of the window dimensions have to be incredibly precise to ensure a smooth 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 large shutter panels and installing them level might present a rough task. Unless every part of the process is done exactly right, you may end up with misshapen shutters or frequent drafts from ill-fitting weather-stripping. Myth: Shutters Will Make Homes Look Dark Less-informed home designers might not prefer shutters, believing they’ll make a home look dark or dimly lit. This myth probably results from unfamiliarity with plantation shutters. Think of it this way: outside light will always enter into your home at an angle. An interior shutter will give you the ability to alter that angle by tilting their louvers, granting you more effective control over how much light comes inside. And keep in mind, shutters can still swing completely open to let in as much light as you might need. Myth: Shutters Are Expensive It’s accurate that shutters aren’t as cheap as discount rack blinds from a department store. But this myth is all about how you think about shutters. If you think about them as just a basic decoration that isn’t expected to last more than a few years, then yes, shutters are fairly expensive. But shutters are a permanent part of your house, and have several benefits: shutters are energy efficient and can lower heat and air conditioning bills, they can increase your house’s appraisal value, and shutters can last generations, unlike blinds–which will need replacements over and over again. Myth: Shutters Make a House Look Old Maybe the name “plantation shutters” is to blame for the myth that shutters are an “old-timey” treatment, but it certainly isn’t true. While shutters were frequently used in older home styles throughout the years, their straight, clean geometry and neutral colors let them fit in just as well with more chic, up-to-date designs. Plantation shutters are the ultimate in versatile window treatments. Myth: Sunburst Shutters San Jose Doesn’t Offer Complimentary Consultations Ok, that wasn’t a popular myth–we just wanted to see if you were paying attention. The Sunburst Shutters San Jose team is always thrilled to come to you for a free, no-hassle window covering consultation. Just call 408-831-3373 or use the form below to get started on learning the truth about what shutters can do for you.