Exposing 4 Shutter Myths

David White

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

And though it may be surprising, when we talk with people around Miami, we hear a few shutter myths repeated. We want to spend a few minutes to dispel some common myths about plantation shutters so you’re able to make the best choice for your house when shopping for new window treatments.

Myth: Shutters Are Simple to Install Yourself

Several home design projects are easy to do on your own in a single day. Installing shutters probably isn’t one of them, however.

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Installing new shutters can be hard from the beginning, as the measurements of the lengths and angles of the windows must be extremely precise to ensure a smooth and snug fit, as well as to ensure that your windows can still operate. 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 rough task. If a single step of the process is done incorrectly, you may end up with uneven shutters or frequent drafts from ill-fitting weather-stripping.

Myth: Shutters Will Make A Home Look Dark

Less-informed home designers might not prefer shutters, claiming they’ll make a space look dark or dim. This myth most likely results from inexperience with shutters.

Think of it this way: light from the sun will always enter into your home from an angle. An interior shutter will let you change that angle by adjusting their louvers, offering you better control over amount of light that comes in. And bear in mind, shutters can still swing completely open to let in as much light as you could want.

Miami family room with polywood shutters.

Myth: Shutters Are Expensive

It’s accurate that shutters aren’t as cheap as discount rack blinds from a hardware store. But this myth is more about how you think about shutters. If you think about shutters as just a basic decoration that you don’t expect to last more than a few years, then yes, shutters can be fairly expensive. But shutters are a permanent part of your house, and have several benefits: they’re energy efficient and are proven to lower heating and AC bills, they can add to your home value, and shutters can last decades, unlike blinds–which will need to be replaced often over time.

Myth: Shutters Make a Home Look Old

Maybe the name “plantation shutters” is to blame for the myth that shutters are only good for old houses, but it certainly isn’t accurate. While shutters were seen often in older home styles stretching back decades, their crisp, clean lines and neutral tones makes it so they fit in with more fashionable, modern designs just as easily. Shutters are the ultimate in versatile window treatments.

polywood shutters in Miami family room

Myth: Sunburst Shutters Miami Won’t Offer Complimentary Consultations

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

The Sunburst Shutters Miami team is always ready to come out to your home for a free, no-strings-attached window treatment consultation. Simply call 305-520-7515 or fill the form below to get started on learning the truth about what shutters can do for you.