Exposing 4 Myths About Shutters04/03/2017Darik Neilson We make a priority of talking to homeowners about shutters in Las Vegas. And although it may be surprising, when we speak to people around Vegas, we hear the same few shutter myths floating around. Let’s take a few moments to expose some common plantation shutter myths so that you can make the best choice for your house when you want new window treatments. Myth: Shutters Are Easy to Install Yourself Several home projects are easy to do by yourself in just one day. Installing shutters probably isn’t one of them, however. Putting in new shutters can be difficult from the beginning, as the measurements of the dimensions of your windows have to be extremely precise to ensure an easy and tight 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, lifting big shutter panels and installing them straight can present a rough job. If a single step of the process is done wrong, you might end up with uneven shutters or draftiness from weather-stripping that doesn’t fit. Myth: Shutters Will Make Houses Look Dim New home designers might not prefer shutters, thinking they’ll make houses look “too dark” or dim. This myth probably comes from unfamiliarity with plantation shutters. Think of it this way: sunlight always comes through your windows at an angle. What shutters do is give you the ability to alter that angle by tilting their louvers, giving you more effective control over how much light comes inside. And don’t forget, shutters can still swing completely open to allow as much light as you could need. Myth: Shutters Are Too Expensive It’s accurate that shutters aren’t as cheap as common blinds from a home improvement store. But this myth is all about how you’re thinking about shutters. If you’re thinking them as just a simple decoration that you don’t expect to survive more than a few years, then yes, shutters are a tad expensive. But shutters are a permanent addition to your home, and offer several benefits: shutters are energy efficient and can 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 over and over again. Myth: Shutters Make a Home Look Old-Timey Maybe the name “plantation shutters” has caused the myth that shutters are only good for old houses, but it definitely isn’t accurate. While shutters were frequently used in older home styles throughout the years, their straight, clean geometry and neutral colors let them fit in with more fashionable, modern designs just as easily. Interior shutters are the pinnacle of versatile window treatments. Myth: Sunburst Shutters Las Vegas Won’t Offer Free Consultations Ok, this one isn’t a popular myth–just making sure you’re paying attention. The Sunburst Shutters Las Vegas team is always happy to come out to your home for a free, no-strings-attached window covering consultation. Just call 702-850-6619 or complete the form below to get started on learning the truth about what shutters can offer you.