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Exposing Shutter Myths

April 03, 2017

We do a lot of talking to homeowners about shutters in Boise.

And though it may come as a surprise, when we talk with people around Boise, we hear a couple of shutter myths repeated. Let’s take a few minutes to set the record straight and dispel some oft-repeated plantation shutter myths so that you can make the right choice for your home when investigating new window treatments.

Myth: Shutters Are Simple to Install Yourself

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

Boise shutter installer

Installing new shutters can be tricky from the get-go, as the measurements of the lengths and angles of the windows have to be extremely precise to ensure a smooth and snug fit, as well as to enable proper operation of your windows. Depending on the shutter material, from Polywood® shutters to reclaimed wood shutters, hoisting large shutter panels and installing them level might present a tough job. If just one part of the process is done incorrectly, you might end up with crooked shutters or frequent drafts from ill-fitting weather-stripping.

Myth: Shutters Will Make Houses Look Dim

Some home designers might shy away from shutters, believing shutters will make houses look “too dark” or dimly lit. This myth likely results from unfamiliarity with plantation shutters.

Think of this: outside light always comes through your windows at an angle. What shutters do is allow you to alter that angle by tilting their louvers, granting you better control over how much light comes inside. And keep in mind, shutters can still swing open all the way to allow all the light you might need.

Boise sunroom with white shutters.

Myth: Shutters Are Too Expensive

It’s true that shutters won’t be as cheap as common blinds from a big box store. However this myth has to do with 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 year or two, then yes, shutters are a little expensive. But shutters are a lasting addition to your house, and come with several benefits: they’re energy efficient and are shown to lower heat and air conditioning bills, they can add to your house’s appraisal value, and shutters are able to last a lifetime, unlike blinds–which will have to be replaced over and over again.

Myth: Shutters Only Look Good In Older Homes

Maybe the name “plantation shutters” has something to do with the myth that shutters are an “old-timey” treatment, but it certainly isn’t accurate. While shutters were seen often in older home styles throughout the years, their crisp, clean geometry and neutral shades allow them to fit in with more chic, modern designs just as easily. Interior shutters are the ultimate in versatile window treatments.

white shutters in Boise living room

Myth: Sunburst Shutters Boise Won’t Offer Complimentary Consultations

Ok, this one isn’t a common myth–we just wanted to see if you were paying attention.

The Sunburst Shutters Boise team is always happy to come to you for a free, no-strings-attached window treatment consultation. Just call 208-609-9129 or complete the form below to begin learning the truth about what shutters can do for your Boise home.