4 Shutter Myths Exposed04/03/2017Jacob Hayes We spend a lot of time speaking with homeowners about shutters in Kingsport. And although it may be surprising, when we talk with people in Kingsport, we hear a couple of myths about shutters floating around. Let’s take a few minutes to set the record straight and dispel some of the most common plantation shutter myths so you can make the perfect choice for your home when investigating new window treatments. Myth: Shutters Are Simple to DIY Many home projects can easily be done by yourself in a single weekend. Installing shutters probably isn’t one of them, though. Putting in new shutters can be difficult from the start, as the measurements of the window dimensions need to be very precise to ensure an easy and tight fit, as well as to make sure your windows can still open and shut. Depending on the shutter material, from Polywood® shutters to reclaimed wood shutters, hoisting big shutter panels and installing them straight might present a rough task. If just one step of the process is done incorrectly, you may end up with uneven shutters or draftiness from ill-fitting weather-stripping. Myth: Shutters Will Make The Home Look Dark Some home designers might shy away from shutters, believing they’ll make a space look “too dark” or dimly lit. This myth most likely comes from being unfamiliar with interior shutters. Think of this: outside light always comes into your home at an angle. Shutters allow you to change that angle by adjusting their louvers, granting you more effective control over how much light comes inside. And don’t forget, shutters can still swing completely open to allow as much light as you might want. Myth: Shutters Are Expensive It’s a fact that shutters won’t be as cheap as discount rack blinds from a big box store. But this myth is all about how you think about shutters. If you’re thinking them simply as a plain decoration that you don’t expect to last more than a year or two, then yes, shutters can be fairly expensive. But shutters are a lasting addition to your house, and come with multiple benefits: shutters are energy efficient and are shown to lower your monthly HVAC bills, they can add to your home value, and shutters can last generations, unlike blinds–which will need to be replaced over and over again. Myth: Shutters Make a Home Look Old-Timey 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 frequently used in older home styles throughout the years, their crisp, clean lines and neutral shades allow them to fit in with more fashionable, modern designs just as well. Shutters are the ultimate in versatile window treatments. Myth: Sunburst Shutters Kingsport No Longer Offers Design Consultations Ok, this one isn’t a popular myth–just making sure you’re paying attention. The Sunburst Shutters Kingsport team is always happy to come to you for a free, no-strings-attached window design consultation. Just call 276-378-7422 or fill the form below to begin learning the truth about what shutters can offer you.