4 Shutter Myths Exposed04/03/2017Collins Jones We make a priority of speaking with homeowners about shutters in Dallas. And even if it may come as a surprise, when we speak to homeowners across DFW, we hear the same few myths about shutters repeated. Let’s take a few minutes to set the record straight and expose some common myths surrounding shutters so you can make the perfect choice for your home when it comes time for new window treatments. Myth: Shutters Are Simple to Install Yourself Lots of home projects can easily be done by yourself in a single day. Putting in shutters may not be one of them, though. Installing new shutters can be tricky from the get-go, as the measurements of the lengths and angles of the windows must be very precise to ensure an easy 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 big shutter panels and installing them straight can present a rough job. Unless each part of the process is done correctly, you may end up with crooked shutters or draftiness from ill-fitting weather-stripping. Myth: Shutters Will Make Homes Look Dim Some home designers might shy away from shutters, claiming shutters tend to make houses look “too dark” or dimly lit. This myth likely stems from being unfamiliar with interior shutters. Think of it this way: light from the sun will always enter through your windows at an angle. Shutters give you the ability to change that angle by adjusting their louvers, giving you better control over how much light comes inside. And don’t forget, shutters are able to swing completely open to let in all the light you could need. Myth: Shutters Are Expensive It’s a fact that shutters aren’t as cheap as discount rack blinds from a hardware store. However this myth is more about how you think about shutters. If you’re thinking shutters just as a basic decoration that isn’t expected to survive more than a year or two, then yes, shutters can be a little expensive. But shutters are a permanent part of your home, and offer multiple benefits: they’re energy efficient and can lower heat and air conditioning bills, they can add to your home value, and shutters can last decades, unlike blinds–which will have to be replaced over and over again. Myth: Shutters Make a Home Look Old Maybe the name “plantation shutters” has caused 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 geometry and neutral shades let them fit in with more fashionable, modern designs just as easily. Plantation shutters are the definition of versatile window treatments. Myth: Sunburst Shutters Dallas No Longer Offers Design Consultations Ok, this one isn’t a popular myth–we just wanted to see if you were paying attention. The Sunburst Shutters Dallas team is always ready to come out to your home for a complimentary, no-strings-attached window design consultation. Just call 214-301-5066 or fill the form below to get started on learning the truth about what shutters can offer your Dallas home.