Dispelling Myths About Shutters

Darren Zuckerman

We do a lot of talking to residents about shutters in New York City.

And even if it may be surprising, when we speak to people across NYC, we hear a couple of shutter myths repeated. We want to spend a few minutes to dispel some oft-repeated myths surrounding shutters so you’re able to make the perfect choice for your space when you want 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 probably isn’t one of them, however.

New York City shutter installer

Installing new shutters can be tricky from the start, as the measurements of the window dimensions must 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 shutters and installing them straight might present a tough job. Unless every part of the process is done exactly right, you may end up with misshapen shutters or draftiness from ill-fitting weather-stripping.

Myth: Shutters Make Houses Look Dim

New home designers might not prefer shutters, thinking shutters tend to make houses look dark or dimly lit. This myth likely results from unfamiliarity with plantation shutters.

Think of this: outside light will always enter into your home at an angle. What shutters do is allow you to change that angle by tilting their louvers, offering 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 City basement with white 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. However this myth has to do with 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 a little expensive. But shutters are a lasting part of your house, and come with several benefits: shutters are energy efficient and can lower your monthly HVAC 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 colors allow them to fit in just as well with more fashionable, up-to-date designs. Interior shutters are the definition of versatile window treatments.

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