4 Shutter Myths Dispelled04/03/2017Eric Ramsey We spend a lot of time speaking with residents about shutters in Gainesville. And though it may come as a surprise, when we speak to homeowners around Gainesville, we hear the same few shutter myths repeated. Let’s take a few minutes to set the facts straight and dispel some of the most common plantation shutter myths so you can make the perfect choice for your space when it comes time for new window treatments. Myth: Shutters Are Simple to Install Yourself Lots of home design projects are simple enough to do on your own in a single afternoon. Installing shutters might not be one of them, though. Installing new shutters can be tricky from the get-go, as the measurements of the dimensions of your windows have to be incredibly precise to ensure an easy and tight fit, as well as to ensure that your windows are able to operate. Depending on what the shutters are made of, from Polywood® shutters to reclaimed wood shutters, raising big shutters and installing them level might be a difficult task. If a single 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 Houses Look Dim Some home designers might shy away from shutters, thinking shutters will make a space look “too dark” or dimly lit. This myth most likely comes from being unfamiliar with interior shutters. Think about this: sunlight always comes through your windows from an angle. What shutters do is let you alter that angle by adjusting their louvers, offering you more effective control over amount of light that comes in. And bear in mind, shutters are able to swing open all the way to allow as much light as you could need. Myth: Shutters Are Too Expensive It’s a fact that shutters aren’t 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 as just a plain decoration that you don’t expect to survive more than a few years, then yes, shutters can be a little expensive. But shutters are a permanent addition to your house, and have several benefits: shutters are energy efficient and are shown to lower your monthly HVAC bills, they can add to the value of your home, and shutters are able to last decades, unlike blinds–which will need replacements over and over again. Myth: Shutters Only Look Good In Older Homes Perhaps the name “plantation shutters” is to blame for the myth that shutters are only good for old houses, but it definitely isn’t true. While shutters were mainstays of older home styles stretching back decades, their straight, clean lines and neutral shades allow them to fit in just as well with more chic, modern designs. Shutters are the definition of versatile window treatments. Myth: Sunburst Shutters Gainesville Won’t Offer Complimentary Consultations Ok, this one isn’t a popular myth–we just wanted to see if you were paying attention. The Sunburst Shutters Gainesville team is always happy to come to you for a complimentary, no-strings-attached window covering consultation. Just call 813-602-5966 or use the form below to begin learning the truth about what shutters can offer you.