Exposing 4 Shutter Myths04/03/2017Greg Arnett We do a lot of talking to homeowners about shutters in Phoenix. And although it may come as a surprise, when we speak to homeowners around Valley of the Sun, we hear the same couple of shutter myths floating around. We want to take a few moments to set the facts straight and expose some oft-repeated myths about plantation shutters so that you can make the best choice for your house when shopping for new window treatments. Myth: Shutters Are Simple to DIY Lots of home design projects can easily be done by yourself in just one afternoon. Installing shutters probably isn’t one of them, however. Putting in new shutters can be hard from the beginning, as the measurements of the window dimensions have to be incredibly precise to ensure a smooth and snug fit, as well as to ensure that your windows can still open and shut. Depending on what the shutters are made of, from Polywood® shutters to reclaimed wood shutters, lifting large shutter panels and installing them straight can be a tough job. If just one step of the process is done incorrectly, you may end up with misshapen shutters or draftiness from weather-stripping that doesn’t fit. Myth: Shutters Will Make The Home Look Dim New home designers might shy away from shutters, thinking shutters will make houses look dark or dim. This myth probably stems from being unfamiliar with interior shutters. Think about this: outside light will always enter into your home at an angle. An interior shutter will give you the ability to change that angle by adjusting their louvers, offering you better control over how much light comes inside. And remember, shutters are able to swing open all the way to let in all the light you could want. Myth: Shutters Cost a Lot It’s a fact that shutters won’t be as cheap as discount rack blinds from a big box store. However this myth is all about how you think about shutters. If you think about them just as a basic decoration that isn’t expected to survive more than a few years, then yes, shutters are a tad expensive. But shutters are a permanent part of your home, and offer several benefits: they’re energy efficient and are proven to lower heat and air conditioning bills, they can increase your house’s appraisal value, and shutters can last decades, unlike blinds–which will have to be replaced often over time. Myth: Shutters Make a House Look Old Perhaps the name “plantation shutters” has caused the myth that shutters are only good for old houses, but it definitely isn’t true. While shutters were seen often in older home styles throughout the years, their straight, clean geometry and neutral colors makes it so they fit in just as easily with more fashionable, modern designs. Shutters are the definition of versatile window treatments. Myth: Sunburst Shutters Phoenix Doesn’t Offer Free Consultations Ok, this one isn’t a popular myth–we just wanted to see if you were paying attention. The Sunburst Shutters Phoenix team is always thrilled to come out to your home for a complimentary, no-hassle window treatment consultation. Simply call 480-485-7743 or fill the form below to begin learning the truth about what shutters can do for your Phoenix home.