Dispelling Shutter Myths04/03/2017Eric Ramsey We make a priority of talking to residents about shutters in Destin. And even if it may come as a surprise, when we talk to homeowners in the Panhandle, we hear a few myths about shutters repeated. Let’s take a few moments to dispel some oft-repeated myths about plantation shutters so you can make the perfect choice for your home when it comes time for new window treatments. Myth: Shutters Are Easy to DIY Lots of home projects can easily be done by yourself in a single weekend. Installing shutters may not be one of them, though. Putting in new shutters can be tricky from the start, as the measurements of the dimensions of your windows must be incredibly precise to ensure a smooth and tight fit, as well as to make sure your windows can still operate. Depending on what the shutters are made of, from Polywood® shutters to reclaimed wood shutters, lifting large shutter panels and installing them straight may be a difficult job. Unless each step of the process is done correctly, you could end up with uneven shutters or draftiness from ill-fitting weather-stripping. Myth: Shutters Will Make Homes Look Dim New home designers might opt out of shutters, believing they’ll make a space look dark or dimly lit. This myth probably comes from being unfamiliar with interior shutters. Think of it this way: light from the sun always comes into your home at an angle. An interior shutter will give you the ability to change that angle by adjusting their louvers, offering you better control over how much light comes inside. And keep in mind, shutters can still swing completely open to let in as much light as you could want. Myth: Shutters Are Expensive It’s true that shutters won’t be 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 just as a plain decoration that isn’t expected to survive more than a year or two, then yes, shutters are fairly expensive. But shutters are a permanent addition to your house, and have several benefits: shutters are energy efficient and are shown to lower heat and air conditioning bills, they can increase your house’s appraisal value, and shutters can last generations, unlike blinds–which will need to be replaced often over time. Myth: Shutters Make a House Look Old-Timey Maybe the name “plantation shutters” has caused the myth that shutters are an “old-timey” treatment, but it definitely isn’t true. While shutters were mainstays of older home styles stretching back decades, their crisp, clean lines and neutral tones let them fit in with more fashionable, modern designs just as seamlessly. Shutters are the definition of versatile window treatments. Myth: Sunburst Shutters Destin No Longer Offers Design Consultations Ok, this one isn’t a popular myth–just making sure you’re paying attention. The Sunburst Shutters Destin team is always ready to come to you for a complimentary, no-strings-attached window design consultation. Just call 850-203-0419 or fill the form below to get started on learning the truth about what shutters can do for you.