4 Shutter Myths Dispelled

Gary Harding

We do a lot of talking to residents about shutters in Colorado Springs.

And even if it may come as a surprise, when we talk to people around Colo Springs, we hear the same few shutter myths repeated. We want to take a few moments to expose some of the most common plantation shutter myths so that you can make the right choice for your space when investigating new window treatments.

Myth: Shutters Are Simple to DIY

Lots of home projects are simple enough to do by yourself in just one weekend. Installing shutters may not be one of them, though.

Colorado Springs shutter installer

Putting in new shutters can be hard from the beginning, as the measurements of the lengths and angles of the windows need to be extremely precise to ensure an easy and tight fit, as well as to enable proper operation of your windows. Depending on what the shutters are made of, from Polywood® shutters to reclaimed wood shutters, raising large shutter panels and installing them straight may present a difficult job. Unless each part of the process is done exactly right, you may end up with misshapen shutters or draftiness from ill-fitting weather-stripping.

Myth: Shutters Make Homes Look Dim

Less-informed home designers might shy away from shutters, thinking shutters tend to make a home look “too dark” or dimly lit. This myth probably comes from inexperience with shutters.

Think of it this way: sunlight will always enter through your windows at an angle. What shutters do is give you the ability to alter that angle by adjusting their louvers, giving you more effective control over level of light. And remember, shutters can still swing completely open to allow as much light as you could want.

Colorado Springs great room with polywood shutters.

Myth: Shutters Cost a Lot

It’s accurate that shutters won’t be as cheap as your run of the mill blinds from a home improvement store. However this myth is more about how you think about shutters. If you think about them simply as a plain decoration that isn’t expected to last more than a year or two, then yes, shutters are fairly expensive. But shutters are a lasting part of your house, and have several benefits: shutters are energy efficient and are shown to lower heating and AC bills, they can add to your house’s appraisal value, and shutters can last a lifetime, unlike blinds–which will have to be replaced repeatedly throughout the years.

Myth: Shutters Only Work In Older Homes

Perhaps the name “plantation shutters” is to blame for the myth that shutters are only good for old houses, but it certainly isn’t true. While shutters were mainstays of older home styles stretching back decades, their crisp, clean lines and neutral tones allow them to fit in with more fashionable, up-to-date designs just as seamlessly. Plantation shutters are the definition of versatile window treatments.

white shutters in Colorado Springs living room

Myth: Sunburst Shutters Colorado Springs Doesn’t Offer Complimentary Consultations

Ok, that wasn’t a popular myth–just making sure you’re paying attention.

The Sunburst Shutters Colorado Springs team is always happy to come out to your home for a complimentary, no-hassle window design consultation. Just call 303-625-6431 or fill the form below to begin learning the truth about what shutters can do for you.