4 Shutter Myths Dispelled04/03/2017Neil Blackwelder We spend a lot of time talking to residents about shutters in Charlotte. And although it may be surprising, when we speak with people around Queen City, we hear the same few myths about shutters floating around. We want to spend a few moments to set the record straight and expose some common myths about plantation shutters so you’re able to make the perfect choice for your house when shopping for new window treatments. Myth: Shutters Are Easy to DIY Many home improvement projects can easily be done on your own in a single weekend. Putting in shutters might not be one of them, though. Installing new shutters can be difficult from the start, as the measurements of the lengths and angles of the windows need to be incredibly precise to ensure a smooth and snug fit, as well as to make sure your windows are able to open and close. Depending on what the shutters are made of, from Polywood® shutters to reclaimed wood shutters, hoisting large shutter panels and installing them straight can present a difficult task. If just one step of the process is done incorrectly, you might end up with uneven shutters or frequent drafts from ill-fitting weather-stripping. Myth: Shutters Will Make Houses Look Dim Less-informed home designers might opt out of shutters, thinking they’ll make a home look “too dark” or dimly lit. This myth most likely stems from unfamiliarity with plantation shutters. Think of this: outside light will always enter through your windows at an angle. Shutters let you alter that angle by tilting their louvers, offering you better control over amount of light that comes in. And bear in mind, shutters are able to swing completely open to let in as much light as you could want. Myth: Shutters Are Too Expensive It’s accurate that shutters won’t be as cheap as common blinds from a department store. But this myth is more about how you’re thinking about shutters. If you think about shutters as just a simple decoration that you don’t expect to last more than a few years, then yes, shutters are fairly expensive. But shutters are a lasting addition to your house, and offer several benefits: they’re energy efficient and are proven to lower heating and AC bills, they can increase your house’s appraisal value, and shutters are able to last decades, unlike blinds–which will have to be replaced often over time. Myth: Shutters Only Work In Older Homes Maybe the name “plantation shutters” is to blame for the myth that shutters are an “old-timey” treatment, but it definitely isn’t true. While shutters were seen often in older home styles stretching back decades, their straight, clean lines and neutral colors let them fit in just as well with more fashionable, up-to-date designs. Shutters are the pinnacle of versatile window treatments. Myth: Sunburst Shutters Charlotte Doesn’t Offer Complimentary Consultations Ok, this one isn’t a popular myth–just making sure you’re paying attention. The Sunburst Shutters Charlotte team is always ready to come to you for a free, no-hassle window treatment consultation. Just call 980-231-1116 or fill the form below to get started on learning the truth about what shutters can do for you.