4 Shutter Myths Exposed04/03/2017Tyler Jorgensen We spend a lot of time speaking with homeowners about shutters in Oklahoma City. And even if it may be surprising, when we talk to homeowners across OKC, we hear a few shutter myths repeated. Let’s take a few minutes to set the record straight and expose some oft-repeated plantation shutter myths so you can make the best choice for your house when it comes time for new window treatments. Myth: Shutters Are Simple to Install Yourself Many home design projects are easy to do on your own in a single weekend. Putting in shutters probably isn’t one of them, however. Installing new shutters can be tricky from the get-go, as the measurements of the window dimensions have to be incredibly precise to ensure a smooth and snug fit, as well as to make sure your windows can still operate. Depending on what the shutters are made of, from Polywood® shutters to reclaimed wood shutters, raising large shutters and installing them level can present a tough task. Unless each part of the process is done correctly, you could end up with crooked shutters or draftiness from weather-stripping that doesn’t fit. Myth: Shutters Will Make Your Home Look Dark Less-informed home designers might shy away from shutters, thinking they’ll make a home look dark or dimly lit. This myth probably results from being unfamiliar with interior shutters. Think of this: outside light always comes into your home at an angle. What shutters do is let you alter that angle by tilting their louvers, giving you better control over level of light. And bear in mind, shutters can still swing completely open to allow as much light as you might want. Myth: Shutters Are Too Expensive It’s a fact that shutters aren’t as cheap as your run of the mill blinds from a hardware store. However this myth has to do with 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 a little expensive. But shutters are a lasting part of your house, and have multiple benefits: they’re energy efficient and are proven to lower heat and air conditioning bills, they can increase your home value, and shutters can last generations, unlike blinds–which will have to be replaced over and over again. Myth: Shutters Make a House Look Old Maybe the name “plantation shutters” has caused the myth that shutters are an “old-timey” treatment, but it definitely isn’t true. While shutters were frequently used in older home styles stretching back decades, their straight, clean geometry and neutral tones allow them to fit in with more chic, up-to-date designs just as easily. Plantation shutters are the pinnacle of versatile window treatments. Myth: Sunburst Shutters Oklahoma City Doesn’t Offer Free Consultations Ok, that wasn’t a common myth–we just wanted to see if you were paying attention. The Sunburst Shutters Oklahoma City team is always thrilled to come to you for a free, no-hassle window covering consultation. Simply call 405-300-4664 or use the form below to get started on learning the truth about what shutters can do for you.