Plantation shutters paired with curtains

4 Shutter Myths Exposed

April 03, 2017

We make a priority of talking to residents about shutters in Fort Myers.

And although it may come as a surprise, when we talk to people across Ft Myers, we hear the same couple of shutter myths floating around. We want to take a few moments to expose some oft-repeated plantation shutter myths so that you’re able to make the perfect choice for your space when shopping for new window treatments.

Myth: Shutters Are Simple to Install Yourself

Many home improvement projects can easily be done by yourself in a single day. Putting in shutters probably isn’t one of them, though.

Fort Myers shutter installer

Putting in new shutters can be difficult from the start, as the measurements of the dimensions of your 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 the shutter material, from Polywood® shutters to reclaimed wood shutters, lifting big shutters and installing them level can present a tough job. Unless every part of the process is done correctly, you could end up with misshapen shutters or draftiness from weather-stripping that doesn’t fit.

Myth: Shutters Make Homes Look Dark

New home designers might not prefer shutters, thinking they’ll make a home look “too dark” or dimly lit. This myth probably results from inexperience with shutters.

Think of this: sunlight always comes through your windows at an angle. Shutters let you alter that angle by tilting their louvers, offering you more effective control over level of light. And remember, shutters are able to swing completely open to let in as much light as you might need.

Fort Myers basement with french door shutters.

Myth: Shutters Are Too Expensive

It’s true that shutters won’t be as cheap as common blinds from a home improvement store. But this myth has to do with how you think about shutters. If you’re thinking them as just a plain decoration that isn’t expected to survive more than a few years, then yes, shutters can be a little expensive. But shutters are a permanent part of your house, and have several benefits: they’re energy efficient and are proven to lower heat and air conditioning bills, they can add to the value of your home, and shutters can last a lifetime, unlike blinds–which will have to be replaced often over time.

Myth: Shutters Only Work In Older Homes

Maybe the name “plantation shutters” resulted in the myth that shutters are an “old-timey” treatment, but it definitely isn’t accurate. While shutters were seen often in older home styles throughout the years, their crisp, clean lines and neutral colors makes it so they fit in just as well with more fashionable, up-to-date designs. Plantation shutters are the pinnacle of versatile window treatments.

polywood shutters in Fort Myers family room

Myth: Sunburst Shutters Fort Myers No Longer Offers Free Consultations

Ok, that wasn’t a popular myth–we just wanted to see if you were paying attention.

The Sunburst Shutters Fort Myers team is always happy to come out to your home for a free, no-hassle window covering consultation. Just call 239-208-6577 or fill the form below to get started on learning the truth about what shutters can do for you.