Exposing Myths About Shutters04/03/2017Trevis Bruce We spend a lot of time talking to homeowners about shutters in Jacksonville. And even if it may be surprising, when we speak with homeowners in Jacksonville, we hear the same few myths about shutters repeated. We want to take a few moments to set the record straight and expose some oft-repeated myths surrounding shutters so that you can make the perfect choice for your house when you want new window treatments. Myth: Shutters Are Simple to Install Yourself Lots of home improvement projects are easy to do by yourself in a single weekend. Putting in shutters may not be one of them, though. Installing new shutters can be difficult from the get-go, as the measurements of the window dimensions need to be incredibly precise to ensure an easy and snug fit, as well as to ensure that your windows can still open and close. Depending on the shutter material, from Polywood® shutters to reclaimed wood shutters, lifting big shutter panels and installing them straight can be a rough job. If a single step of the process is done wrong, you might end up with misshapen shutters or draftiness from weather-stripping that doesn’t fit. Myth: Shutters Make Homes Look Dim New home designers might not prefer shutters, believing they’ll make a home look “too dark” or dimly lit. This myth most likely results from unfamiliarity with plantation shutters. Think of it this way: light from the sun will always enter through your windows at an angle. What shutters do is give you the ability to alter that angle by adjusting their louvers, offering you better control over level of light. And keep in mind, shutters can still swing completely open to allow as much light as you might need. Myth: Shutters Are Expensive 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 shutters as just a simple decoration that you don’t expect to survive more than a few years, then yes, shutters are a little expensive. But shutters are a lasting addition to your house, and offer several benefits: they’re energy efficient and can lower heat and air conditioning bills, they can add to your home value, and shutters can last decades, unlike blinds–which will have to be replaced over and over again. Myth: Shutters Make a Home Look Old-Timey Perhaps the name “plantation shutters” resulted in 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 straight, clean lines and neutral tones makes it so they fit in with more chic, up-to-date designs just as easily. Shutters are the definition of versatile window treatments. Myth: Sunburst Shutters Jacksonville No Longer Offers Design Consultations Ok, this one isn’t a popular myth–we just wanted to see if you were paying attention. The Sunburst Shutters Jacksonville team is always thrilled to come to you for a free, no-hassle window covering consultation. Simply call 904-289-1663 or complete the form below to get started on learning the truth about what shutters can offer your Jacksonville home.