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4 Shutter Myths Revealed

April 03, 2017

We spend a lot of time talking to residents about shutters in New York.

And even if it may be surprising, when we speak to people in NYC, we hear a couple of shutter myths repeated. We want to spend a few minutes to set the facts straight and dispel some oft-repeated myths surrounding shutters so you’re able to make the perfect choice for your house when looking into new window treatments.

Myth: Shutters Are Easy to Install Yourself

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

New York shutter installer

Installing new shutters can be difficult from the start, as the measurements of the window dimensions have to be very 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 shutters and installing them straight may present a tough job. If a single step of the process is done incorrectly, you may end up with uneven shutters or draftiness from ill-fitting weather-stripping.

Myth: Shutters Make Houses Look Dim

Some home designers might not prefer shutters, thinking shutters will make houses look dark or dimly lit. This myth likely results from being unfamiliar with interior shutters.

Think of it this way: outside light will always enter into your home at an angle. Shutters let you change that angle by tilting their louvers, giving you more effective 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 want.

New York basement with french door shutters.

Myth: Shutters Are Too Expensive

It’s accurate that shutters won’t be as cheap as discount rack blinds from a department store. However this myth is all about how you’re thinking about shutters. If you think about them just as a simple decoration that isn’t expected to last more than a few years, then yes, shutters can be fairly expensive. But shutters are a lasting part of your house, and have several benefits: shutters are energy efficient and are shown to lower heating and AC bills, they can add to the value of your home, and shutters can last generations, unlike blinds–which will need replacements over and over again.

Myth: Shutters Only Look Good In Old Homes

Perhaps the name “plantation shutters” is to blame for the myth that shutters are an “old-timey” treatment, but it certainly isn’t accurate. While shutters were typical for older home styles throughout the years, their straight, clean lines and neutral tones let them fit in with more chic, modern designs just as seamlessly. Plantation shutters are the definition of versatile window treatments.

interior shutters in New York living room

Myth: Sunburst Shutters New York Won’t Offer Free Consultations

Ok, that wasn’t a common myth–we just wanted to see if you were paying attention.

The Sunburst Shutters New York team is always ready to come to you for a free, no-hassle window design consultation. Simply call 631-246-3930 or fill the form below to get started on learning the truth about what shutters can do for you.