Plantation shutters paired with curtains

4 Shutter Myths Revealed

April 03, 2017

We make a priority of speaking with homeowners about shutters in Honolulu.

And even if it may be surprising, when we speak with people in 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 it comes time for new window treatments.

Myth: Shutters Are Easy to DIY

Several home projects can easily be done on your own in a single afternoon. Putting in shutters may not be one of them, though.

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Putting in new shutters can be tricky from the get-go, as the measurements of the dimensions of your windows have to be extremely precise to ensure a smooth and snug fit, as well as to ensure that your windows can still open and close. Depending on the shutter material, from Polywood® shutters to reclaimed wood shutters, raising large shutter panels and installing them straight can present a difficult task. Unless each step of the process is done exactly right, you might end up with uneven shutters or draftiness from weather-stripping that doesn’t fit.

Myth: Shutters Make Houses Look Dark

Less-informed home designers might not prefer shutters, thinking shutters will make a space look dark or dim. This myth most likely comes from inexperience with shutters.

Think of this: light from the sun always comes through your windows at an angle. An interior shutter will allow you to change that angle by tilting their louvers, offering you more effective control over amount of light that comes in. And don’t forget, shutters are able to swing completely open to allow all the light you could need.

Honolulu great room with french door shutters.
 

Myth: Shutters Are Expensive

It’s a fact that shutters won’t be 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 just as a plain 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 need 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 pinnacle of versatile window treatments.

interior shutters in Honolulu family room
 

Myth: Sunburst Shutters Honolulu Won’t Offer Complimentary Consultations

Ok, that wasn’t a popular myth–just making sure you’re paying attention.

The Sunburst Shutters Honolulu team is always happy to come to you for a free, no-hassle window covering consultation. Simply call 808-797-2004 or fill the form below to begin learning the truth about what shutters can offer you.

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