Dispelling 4 Shutter Myths04/03/2017Eric Ramsey We do a lot of speaking with homeowners about shutters in Tampa. And though it may be surprising, when we speak with homeowners around Tampa Bay, we hear a couple of myths about shutters repeated. We want to spend a few moments to expose some of the most common plantation shutter myths so that you’re able to make the perfect choice for your home when investigating new window treatments. Myth: Shutters Are Simple to Install Yourself Lots of home projects are simple enough to do by yourself in a single afternoon. Putting in shutters may not be one of them, however. Putting in new shutters can be tricky from the get-go, as the measurements of the window dimensions need to be extremely precise to ensure an easy 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, raising large shutter panels and installing them level can present a difficult task. Unless every part of the process is done exactly right, you could end up with uneven shutters or draftiness from ill-fitting weather-stripping. Myth: Shutters Will Make Homes Look Dim Less-informed home designers might opt out of shutters, thinking shutters tend to make a home look dark or dim. This myth likely results from inexperience with shutters. Think of it this way: sunlight will always enter into your home at an angle. Shutters give you the ability to alter that angle by tilting their louvers, giving you more control over how much light comes inside. And keep in mind, shutters are able to swing completely open to allow as much light as you could need. Myth: Shutters Are Too Expensive It’s accurate that shutters won’t be as cheap as your run of the mill blinds from a department store. But this myth is more about how you think about shutters. If you think about shutters simply as a simple decoration that isn’t expected to last more than a year or two, then yes, shutters are a tad expensive. But shutters are a lasting addition to your home, and have multiple benefits: shutters are energy efficient and are shown to lower heating and AC bills, they can add to your house’s appraisal value, and shutters are able to last decades, unlike blinds–which will need to be replaced over and over again. Myth: Shutters Only Look Good In Old Homes Perhaps the name “plantation shutters” resulted in the myth that shutters are only good for old houses, but it certainly isn’t true. While shutters were frequently used in older home styles stretching back decades, their straight, clean lines and neutral tones allow them to fit in with more fashionable, up-to-date designs just as seamlessly. Shutters are the definition of versatile window treatments. Myth: Sunburst Shutters Tampa Won’t Offer Design Consultations Ok, this one isn’t a common myth–we just wanted to see if you were paying attention. The Sunburst Shutters Tampa team is always thrilled to come to you for a free, no-strings-attached window treatment consultation. Simply call 813-580-7288 or use the form below to get started on learning the truth about what shutters can do for you.