4 Shutter Myths Exposed

Curtis Orton

We make a priority of speaking with residents about shutters in Sacramento.

And although it may be surprising, when we talk to homeowners around The Bay Area, we hear a couple of shutter myths repeated. We want to spend a few moments to set the facts straight and expose some common plantation shutter myths so you’re able to make the perfect choice for your home when you want new window treatments.

Myth: Shutters Are Easy to Install Yourself

Lots of home design projects can easily be done by yourself in just one afternoon. Putting in shutters probably isn’t one of them, however.

Sacramento shutter installer

Putting in new shutters can be hard from the start, as the measurements of the dimensions of your windows 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, hoisting large shutter panels and installing them level may present a rough task. Unless each step of the process is done exactly right, you might end up with misshapen shutters or draftiness from weather-stripping that doesn’t fit.

Myth: Shutters Will Make The Home Look Dim

New home designers might not prefer shutters, thinking shutters tend to make houses look dark or dimly lit. This myth likely stems from inexperience with shutters.

Think about this: sunlight always comes through your windows at an angle. What shutters do is give you the ability to alter that angle by adjusting their louvers, granting you better control over amount of light that comes in. And keep in mind, shutters can still swing completely open to allow all the light you might want.

Sacramento family room with polywood shutters.

Myth: Shutters Are Too Expensive

It’s a fact that shutters aren’t as cheap as discount rack blinds from a department store. But this myth is all about how you think about shutters. If you think about them as just a simple decoration that isn’t expected to survive more than a few years, then yes, shutters are fairly expensive. But shutters are a lasting addition to your house, and come with multiple benefits: they’re energy efficient and can lower heating and AC bills, they can add to your home value, and shutters are able to last decades, unlike blinds–which will need replacements often over time.

Myth: Shutters Make a House Look Old-Timey

Maybe the name “plantation shutters” resulted in 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 crisp, clean geometry and neutral colors makes it so they fit in just as well with more fashionable, up-to-date designs. Interior shutters are the definition of versatile window treatments.

polywood shutters in Sacramento living room

Myth: Sunburst Shutters Sacramento Doesn’t Offer Complimentary Consultations

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

The Sunburst Shutters Sacramento team is always thrilled to come out to your home for a complimentary, no-hassle window design consultation. Just call 916-250-0758 or complete the form below to get started on learning the truth about what shutters can offer your Sacramento home.