4 Shutter Myths Exposed

Holly Perron

We do a lot of talking to residents about shutters in Hartford.

And although it may come as a surprise, when we speak with homeowners in Fairfield, we hear a couple of myths about shutters repeated. We want to take a few moments to dispel some of the most common myths about plantation shutters so you can make the best choice for your home when shopping for new window treatments.

Myth: Shutters Are Simple to DIY

Several home projects can easily be done by yourself in a single weekend. Putting in shutters might not be one of them, though.

Hartford shutter installer

Putting in new shutters can be difficult from the beginning, as the measurements of the lengths and angles of the windows have to be incredibly 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 shutters and installing them level can be a difficult job. Unless each step of the process is done exactly right, you might end up with misshapen shutters or draftiness from weather-stripping that doesn’t fit.

Myth: Shutters Make Houses Look Dark

New home designers might opt out of shutters, claiming they’ll make a space look “too dark” or dimly lit. This myth probably comes from being unfamiliar with interior shutters.

Think of it this way: outside light always comes into your home from an angle. What shutters do is give you the ability to alter that angle by tilting their louvers, giving you better control over level of light. And don’t forget, shutters are able to swing open all the way to allow as much light as you could want.

Hartford basement with custom shutters.

Myth: Shutters Are Expensive

It’s a fact that shutters won’t be as cheap as common blinds from a hardware store. But this myth is all about how you think about shutters. If you’re thinking shutters simply as a basic decoration that isn’t expected to survive more than a few years, then yes, shutters are a tad expensive. But shutters are a permanent addition to your house, and have several benefits: shutters are energy efficient and can lower your monthly HVAC bills, they can add to your home value, and shutters can last decades, unlike blinds–which will need replacements over and over again.

Myth: Shutters Only Look Good In Older Homes

Perhaps the name “plantation shutters” resulted in the myth that shutters are an “old-timey” treatment, but it certainly isn’t true. While shutters were typical for older home styles stretching back decades, their straight, clean lines and neutral colors allow them to fit in with more chic, up-to-date designs just as easily. Plantation shutters are the definition of versatile window treatments.

white shutters in Hartford living room

Myth: Sunburst Shutters Hartford Won’t Offer Complimentary Consultations

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

The Sunburst Shutters Hartford team is always happy to come to you for a complimentary, no-strings-attached window covering consultation. Just call 860-266-5459 or complete the form below to get started on learning the truth about what shutters can do for your Hartford home.