Dispelling Myths About Shutters04/03/2017Kimball Jones We make a priority of talking to residents about shutters in Southern California. And though it may come as a surprise, when we speak to people in SoCal, we hear the same few shutter myths repeated. We want to spend a few minutes to dispel some of the most common myths about plantation shutters so that you can make the perfect choice for your house when shopping for new window treatments. Myth: Shutters Are Simple to Install Yourself Lots of home improvement projects can easily be done by yourself in a single afternoon. Putting in shutters may not be one of them, though. Installing new shutters can be difficult from the start, as the measurements of the dimensions of your windows have to be very precise to ensure an easy and tight fit, as well as to make sure your windows are able to operate. Depending on the shutter material, from Polywood® shutters to reclaimed wood shutters, hoisting big shutter panels and installing them straight might be a tough task. If just one step of the process is done wrong, you might end up with uneven shutters or frequent drafts from ill-fitting weather-stripping. Myth: Shutters Will Make Houses Look Dim A few home designers might not prefer shutters, believing they’ll make a space look “too dark” or dim. This myth probably comes from being unfamiliar with interior shutters. Think of this: light from the sun always comes into your home at an angle. An interior shutter will give you the ability to alter that angle by tilting their louvers, giving you better control over amount of light that comes in. And don’t forget, shutters can still swing open all the way to let in as much light as you could need. Myth: Shutters Cost a Lot It’s true that shutters aren’t as cheap as discount rack blinds from a home improvement store. But this myth has to do with how you think about shutters. If you’re thinking them as just a plain decoration that isn’t expected to last more than a year or two, then yes, shutters can be fairly expensive. But shutters are a permanent addition to your home, and offer multiple benefits: they’re energy efficient and can lower heat and air conditioning bills, they can increase the value of your home, and shutters are able to last decades, unlike blinds–which will have to be replaced repeatedly throughout the years. Myth: Shutters Make a House Look Old Perhaps the name “plantation shutters” has caused the myth that shutters are only good for old houses, but it certainly isn’t true. While shutters were typical for older home styles throughout the years, their crisp, clean geometry and neutral tones allow them to fit in just as well with more chic, modern designs. Plantation shutters are the ultimate in versatile window treatments. Myth: Sunburst Shutters Southern CA Won’t Offer Design Consultations Ok, this one isn’t a common myth–we just wanted to see if you were paying attention. The Sunburst Shutters Southern California team is always thrilled to come to you for a complimentary, no-strings-attached window covering consultation. Simply call 888-611-2474 or use the form below to begin learning the truth about what shutters can do for your Southern California home.