Exposing Myths About Shutters04/03/2017Stefano Diotaiuti We spend a lot of time speaking with homeowners about shutters in Nashville. And although it may come as a surprise, when we speak with homeowners in Nashville, we hear a few myths about shutters floating around. We want to take a few minutes to set the facts straight and expose some of the most common plantation shutter myths so that you can make the perfect choice for your space when investigating new window treatments. Myth: Shutters Are Easy to DIY Lots of home design projects can easily be done by yourself in a single weekend. Putting in shutters might not be one of them, though. Putting in new shutters can be hard from the get-go, as the measurements of the window dimensions need to be incredibly precise to ensure a smooth and tight fit, as well as to enable proper operation of your windows. Depending on the shutter material, from Polywood® shutters to reclaimed wood shutters, lifting big shutter panels and installing them straight might be a difficult job. Unless each part of the process is done exactly right, you could end up with crooked shutters or frequent drafts from weather-stripping that doesn’t fit. Myth: Shutters Make Homes Look Dark New home designers might opt out of shutters, thinking shutters will make a space look “too dark” or dimly lit. This myth likely results from unfamiliarity with plantation shutters. Think of it this way: outside light will always enter through your windows at an angle. Shutters give you the ability to modify that angle by tilting their louvers, offering you better control over how much light comes inside. And bear in mind, shutters can still swing completely open to allow as much light as you could want. Myth: Shutters Are Too Expensive It’s true that shutters won’t be as cheap as your run of the mill blinds from a hardware store. But this myth is more about how you’re thinking about shutters. If you’re thinking shutters simply as a basic decoration that you don’t expect 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 have multiple benefits: they’re energy efficient and can lower your monthly HVAC bills, they can increase the value of your home, and shutters can last decades, unlike blinds–which will need to be replaced repeatedly throughout the years. Myth: Shutters Make a House Look Old Maybe the name “plantation shutters” has caused the myth that shutters are only good for old houses, but it certainly isn’t true. While shutters were typical for older home styles stretching back decades, their crisp, clean geometry and neutral tones makes it so they fit in with more chic, modern designs just as well. Shutters are the ultimate in versatile window treatments. Myth: Sunburst Shutters Nashville No Longer Offers Complimentary Consultations Ok, that wasn’t a popular myth–just making sure you’re paying attention. The Sunburst Shutters Nashville team is always happy to come out to your home for a free, no-hassle window treatment consultation. Simply call 615-236-8530 or complete the form below to get started on learning the truth about what shutters can offer you.