4 Shutter Myths Revealed04/03/2017Darren Wong We make a priority of speaking with homeowners about shutters in Honolulu. And though it may be surprising, when we speak with people across Big Pineapple, we hear a couple of shutter myths repeated. We want to spend a few moments to dispel some common myths about plantation shutters so you’re able to make the best choice for your home when shopping for new window treatments. Myth: Shutters Are Easy to Install Yourself Several home projects can easily be done on your own in a single day. Putting in shutters may not be one of them, though. Putting in new shutters can be tricky from the get-go, as the measurements of the window dimensions must be very precise to ensure a smooth and snug fit, as well as to enable proper operation of your windows. Depending on the shutter material, from Polywood® shutters to reclaimed wood shutters, raising large shutter panels and installing them straight can present a tough task. Unless each step of the process is done exactly right, you may end up with misshapen shutters or draftiness from weather-stripping that doesn’t fit. Myth: Shutters Make Houses Look Dark Less-informed home designers might not prefer shutters, claiming shutters will make a space look dark or dim. This myth most likely comes from inexperience with shutters. Think of it this way: outside light always comes through your windows at an angle. An interior shutter will let you modify that angle by tilting their louvers, giving you better control over level of light. And don’t forget, shutters are able to swing completely open to allow all the light you could need. Myth: Shutters Cost a Lot It’s a fact that shutters aren’t as cheap as your run of the mill blinds from a big box store. However this myth is more about how you think about shutters. If you’re thinking them as just a basic decoration that isn’t expected to last more than a few years, then yes, shutters can be fairly expensive. But shutters are a lasting part of your home, and have multiple benefits: they’re energy efficient and are proven to lower heat and air conditioning bills, they can increase your home value, and shutters are able to last generations, unlike blinds–which will have to be replaced often over time. Myth: Shutters Make a House Look Old-Timey Maybe the name “plantation shutters” resulted in the myth that shutters are an “old-timey” treatment, but it definitely isn’t accurate. While shutters were seen often in older home styles throughout the years, their crisp, clean geometry and neutral shades makes it so they fit in with more chic, modern designs just as easily. Shutters are the ultimate in versatile window treatments. Myth: Sunburst Shutters Honolulu No Longer Offers Design Consultations Ok, that wasn’t a popular myth–just making sure you’re paying attention. The Sunburst Shutters Honolulu team is always ready to come to you for a free, no-hassle window covering consultation. Simply call 808-797-2004 or complete the form below to begin learning the truth about what shutters can offer your Honolulu home.