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Dispelling 4 Myths About Shutters

April 03, 2017

We spend a lot of time talking to homeowners about shutters in San Jose.

And though it may come as a surprise, when we speak with homeowners across 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 plantation shutter myths so that you’re able to make the best choice for your house when it comes time for new window treatments.

Myth: Shutters Are Simple to DIY

Lots of home improvement projects can easily be done by yourself in just one afternoon. Installing shutters probably isn’t one of them, however.

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Installing new shutters can be difficult from the get-go, as the measurements of the dimensions of your windows must 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 might end up with misshapen shutters or draftiness 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 likely results from unfamiliarity with plantation shutters.

Think of this: light from the sun will always enter into your home at an angle. An interior shutter will allow you 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 all the light you might need.

San Jose basement with french door shutters.

Myth: Shutters Cost a Lot

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 plain 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 come with 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 stretching back decades, their straight, clean geometry and neutral tones allow them to fit in just as well with more chic, up-to-date designs. Plantation shutters are the pinnacle of versatile window treatments.

white shutters in San Jose living room

Myth: Sunburst Shutters San Jose Doesn’t Offer Design Consultations

Ok, that wasn’t a popular myth–just making sure you’re paying attention.

The Sunburst Shutters San Jose team is always thrilled to come to you for a free, no-hassle window treatment consultation. Just call 916-542-1305 or use the form below to get started on learning the truth about what shutters can do for you.