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Exposing 4 Myths About Shutters

April 03, 2017

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 space when you want new window treatments.

Myth: Shutters Are Easy to Install Yourself

Several home projects are easy to do on your own in just one afternoon. Installing shutters probably isn’t one of them, however.

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Putting in new shutters can be difficult from the get-go, as the measurements of the dimensions of your windows must be very precise to ensure an easy and tight fit, as well as to make sure your windows are able to operate. Depending on what the shutters are made of, from Polywood® shutters to reclaimed wood shutters, lifting big shutters and installing them straight can present a rough job. If a single step of the process is done wrong, you may end up with misshapen shutters or draftiness from weather-stripping that doesn’t fit.

Myth: Shutters Will Make Homes Look Dim

Some home designers might not prefer shutters, claiming they’ll make a home look “too dark” or dim. This myth probably stems from being unfamiliar with interior shutters.

Think of this: sunlight always comes through your windows from an angle. What shutters do is give you the ability to alter that angle by tilting their louvers, offering 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.

Las Vegas great room with polywood shutters.

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 has to do with 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 year or two, 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 your monthly HVAC bills, they can increase your house’s appraisal value, and shutters are able to last a lifetime, unlike blinds–which will have to be replaced over and over again.

Myth: Shutters Make a Home Look Old

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 well. Plantation shutters are the ultimate in versatile window treatments.

white shutters in Las Vegas living room

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 treatment consultation. Just call 702-850-6619 or fill the form below to get started on learning the truth about what shutters can do for you.