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Why Some Homeowners In Destin Confuse Plantation Blinds And Plantation Shutters

April 19, 2016

When homeowners in the Destin area contact us for an estimate, some ask for plantation blinds. However plantation blinds is the wrong term for the window covering they want.

What most people refer to as “plantation blinds” are in fact plantation shutters.

Interior shutters are synonymous with the term “plantation”not blinds. And “plantation” refers to the style of the window treatment as it relates to the size of the horizontal louvers.

Blinds have thin horizontal slats that most people call slats. But these slats are not thick enough or wide enough to be “plantation” style.

Even some blind companies call blinds “plantation,” although that word has been associated with custom interior louvered shutters. Plantation style shutters can look like blinds from a distance. But these two window treatments differ in plenty of ways.

How Plantation Shutters Are Different From Blinds

A modern kitchen with blinds
A kitchen window with plantation shutters 

Plantation Shutters Are More Durable Than Blinds

Premium plantation shutters can be built from hardwood, reclaimed wood, or a synthetic wood. Any of these materials result in a sturdy window treatment that lasts for many more years than a blind. And when your shutters are painted with UV stabilizers, your plantation shutters will not lose their original color.

Unlike shutters, blinds have a series of cords that hold the slats up. And most have a rod to tilt the slats. Those two components, in addition to the thin slats, are susceptible to breaking.

Blinds don’t give you control over brightness and temperature. And they tend to yellow when overexposed to the sun, which is not the case with quality shutters.

They’re Highly Energy Efficient

The material a window treatment is made from greatly affects its energy efficiency. Plantation shutters, with their synthetic wood and wood louvers, are known to be the most energy-efficient window treatment in Destin. But it’s the exclusive weatherstripping on Polywood® shutters that’s engineered to help block off airflow. That’s how Polywood is 1600% more energy efficient than an aluminum blind.

When the blind is closed, there’s room on both sides of the blind where air can flow. Holes are visible where the cords are. And the slats aren’t tight against each other. These problems make blinds less energy efficient than quality plantation shutters that close with little to no gaps.

They Highlight The Shape Of Your Window

Another thing to keep in mind is that the only shape blinds are available in is rectangular. And if your window are circular, arched, triangular, or octagonal, blinds will cover up the shape rather than show it off.

Plantation shutters however are perfect for specialty-shaped windows. They are custom made to account for every angle, corner, and arch. The finished product is a window treatment that operates smoothly. And it will look stunning and makes the window shape pop.

They Give Your House A Custom Look

Yes, you can buy blinds in a wide variety of colors, textures, and finishes. They can even be cordless or motorized. But no matter how you mix and match their options, blinds don’t look as custom as shutters do.

Plantation shutters in Destin are available in reclaimed wood, Polywood, and Ovation® wood. And there’s more than 300,000 ways to customize these window treatments so they match your style.

Shutters are usually installed with a frame that accentuates the corners of the window and highlights the shutter panels. These interior shutters become a fashion statement in and of themselves. And as a permanent feature of your home, they adds to its appraisal value.

An example of an unique way for custom window treatments  is to have the shutters built from reclaimed wood. No two shutter panels - no two shutter louvers - have identical marks, holes, or colors. It’s the ultimate custom window treatment you’ve been looking for in the Destin area.

Schedule A Consultation Before You Buy Window Coverings In Destin

Doing your research is the first step in choosing the best window treatments. That’s how you figured out the differences between blinds and plantation shutters. So before you order window treatments, schedule a consultation with one of our team members in Destin. We’ll bring product samples right to your doorstep and help you in choosing the one that works best for your windows. Give us a call at 850-203-0419 or fill out the form below to get started!