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4 Shutter Myths Dispelled

April 03, 2017

We do a lot of speaking with residents about shutters in Seattle.

And even if it may be surprising, when we talk to people in Seattle, we hear a few myths about shutters floating around. Let’s spend a few minutes to set the facts straight and expose some oft-repeated myths surrounding shutters so you can make the best choice for your space when investigating new window treatments.

Myth: Shutters Are Easy to Install Yourself

Lots of home projects are simple enough to do by yourself in just one weekend. Putting in shutters probably isn’t one of them, though.

Seattle shutter installer

Putting in new shutters can be tricky from the start, as the measurements of the window dimensions need to be extremely precise to ensure a smooth and snug fit, as well as to make sure your windows can still open and shut. Depending on the shutter material, from Polywood® shutters to reclaimed wood shutters, hoisting large shutters and installing them straight can be a rough task. If just one step of the process is done incorrectly, you might end up with misshapen shutters or frequent drafts from weather-stripping that doesn’t fit.

Myth: Shutters Will Make Houses Look Dark

A few home designers might not prefer shutters, believing shutters will make a space look dark or dim. This myth likely stems from unfamiliarity with plantation shutters.

Think of this: outside light will always enter through your windows from an angle. An interior shutter will let you modify that angle by tilting their louvers, granting you better control over amount of light that comes in. And keep in mind, shutters are able to swing open all the way to let in as much light as you could need.

Seattle family room with custom shutters.

Myth: Shutters Cost a Lot

It’s accurate that shutters won’t be as cheap as common blinds from a department store. However this myth has to do with how you’re thinking about shutters. If you think about them simply as a simple decoration that isn’t expected to last more than a few years, then yes, shutters are a tad expensive. But shutters are a lasting addition to your house, and have several benefits: shutters are energy efficient and can lower heat and air conditioning bills, they can add to your home value, and shutters can last a lifetime, unlike blinds–which will need to be replaced often over time.

Myth: Shutters Only Look Good In Older Homes

Perhaps the name “plantation shutters” has caused 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 tones let them fit in with more chic, up-to-date designs just as seamlessly. Plantation shutters are the ultimate in versatile window treatments.

white shutters in Seattle family room

Myth: Sunburst Shutters Washington Doesn’t Offer Design Consultations

Ok, this one isn’t a popular myth–just making sure you’re paying attention.

The Sunburst Shutters Seattle team is always ready to come out to your home for a free, no-hassle window treatment consultation. Just call 360-464-2277 or complete the form below to begin learning the truth about what shutters can do for your Seattle home.