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4 Shutter Myths Revealed

April 03, 2017

We spend a lot of time talking to homeowners about shutters in Hartford.

And though it may be surprising, when we talk with homeowners across Hartford, CT, we hear the same few shutter myths floating around. We want to spend a few moments to dispel some oft-repeated myths about plantation shutters so that you can make the perfect choice for your house when investigating new window treatments.

Myth: Shutters Are Simple to Install Yourself

Many home projects can easily be done on your own in a single afternoon. Putting in shutters probably isn’t one of them, though.

Hartford shutter installer

Installing new shutters can be hard from the start, as the measurements of the window dimensions must be incredibly precise to ensure an easy 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, hoisting big shutters and installing them straight might be a rough task. If just one step of the process is done wrong, you might end up with uneven shutters or draftiness from weather-stripping that doesn’t fit.

Myth: Shutters Make The Home Look Dim

A few home designers might shy away from shutters, claiming they’ll make a home look dark or dimly lit. This myth probably results from inexperience with shutters.

Think about this: outside light will always enter through your windows from an angle. What shutters do is allow you to modify that angle by tilting their louvers, offering you more control over level of light. And remember, shutters are able to swing completely open to let in all the light you might need.

Hartford sunroom with polywood shutters.

Myth: Shutters Are Expensive

It’s accurate that shutters aren’t as cheap as discount rack blinds from a home improvement store. But this myth is more about how you’re thinking about shutters. If you think about them as just a plain decoration that you don’t expect to survive more than a few years, then yes, shutters can be a little expensive. But shutters are a lasting part of your house, and come with several benefits: shutters are energy efficient and are shown to lower heating and AC bills, they can increase your home value, and shutters can last decades, unlike blinds–which will need to be replaced often over time.

Myth: Shutters Make a House Look Old

Maybe the name “plantation shutters” is to blame for the myth that shutters are an “old-timey” treatment, but it definitely isn’t accurate. While shutters were seen often in older home styles stretching back decades, their straight, clean lines and neutral shades let them fit in just as well with more chic, modern designs. Plantation shutters are the ultimate in versatile window treatments.

polywood shutters in Hartford family room

Myth: Sunburst Shutters Connecticut No Longer Offers Design Consultations

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

The Sunburst Shutters Hartford team is always happy to come to you for a free, no-hassle window treatment consultation. Just call 860-266-5459 or use the form below to begin learning the truth about what shutters can do for your Hartford home.