Dispelling Myths About Shutters

Kasey Udy

We spend a lot of time talking to residents about shutters in St. George.

And even if it may come as a surprise, when we speak to people in St. George, we hear the same few shutter myths floating around. We want to spend a few minutes to set the record straight and expose some oft-repeated myths surrounding shutters so you’re able to make the right choice for your space when investigating new window treatments.

Myth: Shutters Are Easy to DIY

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

St. George shutter installer

Putting in new shutters can be difficult from the beginning, as the measurements of the dimensions of your windows need to be incredibly precise to ensure a smooth 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 level might present a rough task. If just one step of the process is done wrong, you may end up with uneven shutters or frequent drafts from weather-stripping that doesn’t fit.

Myth: Shutters Will Make Your Home Look Dark

Less-informed home designers might not prefer shutters, believing shutters will make a space look “too dark” or dim. This myth likely comes from unfamiliarity with plantation shutters.

Think of it this way: light from the sun will always enter into your home from an angle. Shutters let you modify that angle by tilting their louvers, offering you more effective control over how much light comes inside. And don’t forget, shutters are able to swing completely open to allow as much light as you might need.

St. George basement with polywood shutters.

Myth: Shutters Cost a Lot

It’s accurate that shutters won’t be as cheap as discount rack blinds from a big box store. However this myth is more about how you’re thinking about shutters. If you’re thinking them as just a plain decoration that isn’t expected to last more than a few years, then yes, shutters can be a tad expensive. But shutters are a lasting part of your home, and have several benefits: shutters are energy efficient and can lower heat and air conditioning bills, they can add to your home value, and shutters can last a lifetime, unlike blinds–which will need to be replaced repeatedly throughout the years.

Myth: Shutters Only Look Good In Old Homes

Perhaps the name “plantation shutters” resulted in the myth that shutters are an “old-timey” treatment, but it definitely isn’t true. While shutters were seen often in older home styles stretching back decades, their straight, clean lines and neutral colors makes it so they fit in just as well with more fashionable, modern designs. Shutters are the definition of versatile window treatments.

interior shutters in St. George living room

Myth: Sunburst Shutters St. George No Longer Offers Complimentary Consultations

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

The Sunburst Shutters St. George team is always thrilled to come to you for a free, no-strings-attached window treatment consultation. Simply call 435-485-9332 or use the form below to get started on learning the truth about what shutters can do for your St. George home.