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Exposing 4 Shutter Myths

April 03, 2017

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 set the facts straight and dispel some common plantation shutter myths so you’re able to make the best choice for your space when it comes time 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 get-go, as the measurements of the lengths and angles of the windows must be very precise to ensure a smooth and snug fit, as well as to enable proper operation of your windows. 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 rough task. If a single step of the process is done incorrectly, 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, thinking they’ll make a space look dark or dim. This myth most likely results from inexperience with shutters.

Think of it this way: outside light 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 level of light. 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 Cost a Lot

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 a little expensive. But shutters are a permanent part of your house, and come with several benefits: they’re energy efficient and can lower your monthly HVAC 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 colors makes it so they fit in just as well with more fashionable, modern designs. Shutters are the pinnacle of versatile window treatments.

white shutters in Miami family room

Myth: Sunburst Shutters Miami No Longer Offers Design 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 complete the form below to get started on learning the truth about what shutters can do for your Miami home.