Dispelling Myths About Shutters04/03/2017George Christ We spend a lot of time talking to homeowners about shutters in Minneapolis. And though it may be surprising, when we talk with homeowners in Twin Cities, we hear a few shutter myths repeated. We want to take a few minutes to set the record straight and expose some oft-repeated myths about plantation shutters so you’re able to make the perfect choice for your house when looking into new window treatments. Myth: Shutters Are Simple to Install Yourself Several home improvement projects can easily be done by yourself in a single weekend. Putting in shutters may not be one of them, though. Putting in new shutters can be hard from the get-go, as the measurements of the window dimensions must be extremely precise to ensure an easy and snug fit, as well as to ensure that your windows are able to operate. Depending on what the shutters are made of, from Polywood® shutters to reclaimed wood shutters, raising large shutters and installing them straight may present a tough job. If a single part of the process is done incorrectly, you could end up with uneven shutters or draftiness from ill-fitting weather-stripping. Myth: Shutters Will Make The Home Look Dim Less-informed home designers might not prefer shutters, believing shutters will make houses look dark or dim. This myth likely comes from unfamiliarity with plantation shutters. Think about this: light from the sun will always enter into your home from an angle. Shutters allow you to alter that angle by tilting their louvers, offering you better control over level of light. And keep in mind, shutters are able to swing open all the way to let in as much light as you could need. Myth: Shutters Cost a Lot It’s a fact that shutters aren’t as cheap as common blinds from a hardware store. But this myth is all about how you’re thinking about shutters. If you’re thinking them simply as a plain decoration that you don’t expect to survive more than a year or two, then yes, shutters can be a little expensive. But shutters are a permanent part of your home, and have multiple benefits: shutters are energy efficient and are shown to lower your monthly HVAC bills, they can increase the value of your home, and shutters can last generations, unlike blinds–which will need to be replaced over and over again. Myth: Shutters Make a House Look Old-Timey Maybe the name “plantation shutters” is to blame for the myth that shutters are only good for old houses, but it definitely isn’t true. While shutters were seen often in older home styles throughout the years, their straight, clean lines and neutral shades let them fit in just as easily with more chic, modern designs. Shutters are the ultimate in versatile window treatments. Myth: Sunburst Shutters Minneapolis Doesn’t Offer Complimentary Consultations Ok, this one isn’t a common myth–we just wanted to see if you were paying attention. The Sunburst Shutters Minneapolis team is always ready to come to you for a complimentary, no-hassle window design consultation. Just call 952-856-8130 or fill the form below to get started on learning the truth about what shutters can offer you.