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Dispelling 4 Shutter Myths

April 03, 2017

We spend a lot of time speaking with homeowners about shutters in Tampa.

And even if it may be surprising, when we speak with homeowners around Tampa Bay, we hear a couple of myths about shutters repeated. We want to take a few moments to expose some of the most common plantation shutter myths so that you’re able to make the right choice for your home when investigating new window treatments.

Myth: Shutters Are Simple to Install Yourself

Many home projects are simple enough to do by yourself in a single afternoon. Putting in shutters may not be one of them, however.

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Putting in new shutters can be hard from the get-go, as the measurements of the window dimensions need to be very 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 tough 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 Houses Look Dim

Less-informed home designers might shy away from shutters, thinking they’ll make houses look dark or dim. This myth probably results from inexperience with shutters.

Think of it this way: sunlight will always enter into your home from 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.

Tampa sunroom with interior shutters.

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 come with multiple benefits: shutters are energy efficient and are shown to lower heating and AC bills, they can increase 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” has something to do with 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 colors allow them to fit in with more fashionable, up-to-date designs just as seamlessly. Shutters are the definition of versatile window treatments.

white shutters in Tampa family room

Myth: Sunburst Shutters Tampa No Longer Offers Complimentary Consultations

Ok, this one isn’t a popular 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.