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4 Shutter Myths Revealed

April 03, 2017

We do a lot of speaking with residents about shutters in San Antonio.

And although it may be surprising, when we talk with people in South Central Texas, we hear the same couple of shutter myths floating around. Let’s take a few moments to dispel some of the most common myths about plantation shutters so that you’re able to make the right choice for your house when you want new window treatments.

Myth: Shutters Are Easy to Install Yourself

Lots of home design projects can easily be done on your own in a single weekend. Putting in shutters may not be 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 very precise to ensure an easy and tight fit, as well as to ensure that your windows can still open and shut. Depending on what the shutters are made of, from Polywood® shutters to reclaimed wood shutters, hoisting large shutters and installing them straight may be a difficult job. Unless each part of the process is done exactly right, you could end up with crooked shutters or draftiness from weather-stripping that doesn’t fit.

Myth: Shutters Make Homes Look Dim

A few home designers might shy away from shutters, believing shutters tend to make houses look “too dark” or dim. This myth most likely comes from unfamiliarity with plantation shutters.

Think of this: sunlight always comes into your home at an angle. Shutters allow you to alter that angle by tilting their louvers, granting you more control over how much light comes inside. And keep in mind, shutters can still swing open all the way to allow as much light as you might want.

San Antonio family room with interior shutters.

Myth: Shutters Are Too Expensive

It’s true that shutters won’t be as cheap as common blinds from a home improvement store. But this myth has to do with how you’re thinking about shutters. If you think about shutters just as a plain 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 permanent part of your house, and come with several benefits: they’re energy efficient and are shown to lower your monthly HVAC bills, they can increase your house’s appraisal value, and shutters can last a lifetime, unlike blinds–which will have to be replaced over and over again.

Myth: Shutters Only Look Good In Older Homes

Perhaps the name “plantation shutters” has something to do with the myth that shutters are an “old-timey” treatment, but it definitely isn’t true. While shutters were typical for older home styles stretching back decades, their straight, clean lines and neutral colors allow them to fit in with more fashionable, modern designs just as seamlessly. Interior shutters are the definition of versatile window treatments.

polywood shutters in San Antonio family room

Myth: Sunburst Shutters San Antonio No Longer Offers Free Consultations

Ok, this one isn’t a common myth–just making sure you’re paying attention.

The Sunburst Shutters San Antonio team is always thrilled to come to you for a complimentary, no-hassle window treatment consultation. Simply call 210-876-0377 or complete the form below to begin learning the truth about what shutters can do for your San Antonio home.