Busting More Interior Shutter Myths10/10/2017Eric Ramsey Sunburst Shutters Destin has busted some shutter myths previously. During our last myth-busting binge, we tackled a few common misconceptions homeowners have about plantation shutters in Destin. This time, the Sunburst Shutters Destin experts are back to set it straight on a few more myths we’ve heard from shutter-buyers around Florida. Let’s take a look. Myth: “Plantation shutters only look good in Southern homes.” When some people see the name “plantation shutters,” they typically conjure the image of a huge, sprawling southern mansion surrounded by fields. Though it’s true that they owe their name to that location and time, plantation shutters were seen commonly in homes much earlier and much later than the Antebellum South. Plantation shutters almost definitely picked up that name because they were so ubiquitous in southern homes back then. Because of their immense popularity there–with their ability to block a huge amount of light and heat, and offering excellent views for those gigantic houses–the name stayed. Nevertheless, plantation shutters can give those exact same features to any home, no matter its style or location. Craftsman style houses can utilize shutters, just like Colonial homes, Cape Cod houses, and even cottage houses can. Myth: “My home‘s style won’t work with shutters.” Because plantation shutters have been used in so many houses and for such a long time, some homeowners might think that shutters can seem a little stale. We’ve worked with a customer previously who claimed that their home was “too eclectic” for shutters, which was a tad confusing–since shutters are the one window treatment that can accentuate any style. Interior shutters are versatile and can work with any type of design, from chic living room to fun man cave. And don’t forget, shutters have been popular for so long for a reason: they just don’t go out of style. Put in a set of the newest and most fashionable curtains and they’ll likely be passé in just a few seasons. Shutters stay beautifully in fashion year after year, especially when you choose premium Polywood plantation shutters. Myth: “Shutters and blinds are pretty much the same thing.” For some reason, there happens to be a lot of confusion over the difference between shutters and blinds. Perhaps it has to do with people confusing “louvers” and “slats,” or it’s the similarity in shape that causes the confusion. Regardless, blinds and shutters are pretty easy to distinguish when you look at their features. Here’s the basic breakdown of both. What’s the difference? Blinds Shutters Can block out whole window134 No Yes Structure Suspended from cord Solid frame attached136 to window frame Lifetime Will wear down or deteriorate after 2-3 years. Can usually last 20+ years. Permanent or temporary? Temporary Permanent Increases home value No Yes Energy Efficiency Minimal Can block up to 30 degrees of outside temperature. Can they fit specialty windows? No Yes. What are the adjustable parts called? Slats Louvers Myth: “All window coverings offer about the same energy efficiency.” As the “Blinds vs. Shutters” table above mentions, window coverings can vary by a wide margin on how energy efficient they are. The structure, material, and construction will all have a big impact in how much energy efficiency a window treatment offers. Offering no benefits in energy efficiency is a bare window without a covering. Offering only a tiny bit more energy efficiency are your common retail mini blinds. Up a little further on the spectrum are draperies and heavier fabric window treatments. Getting even closer to energy efficient territory we have typical wood shutters and cellular shades, made to offer UV protection and temperature reduction. But far beyond all of these are Polywood plantation shutters, constructed to both reflect and block sunlight and outside heat from moving through your window. No More Shutter Myths If you feel like you’re swimming in an ocean of half truths when it comes to shutters, we want to toss you a lifeline. Call Sunburst Shutters Destin today at 850-203-0419 to talk to one of our experts and set up your complimentary in-home consultation to find your perfect shutter or window treatment today.