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Why Some Homeowners In Clearwater Confuse Plantation Blinds And Plantation Shutters

April 19, 2016

When homeowners in the Clearwater area contact us for an estimate, they might accidentally ask for plantation blinds. However plantation blinds isn’t the right name of the window covering they‘re thinking of.

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

The word “plantation” is synonymous with interior shuttersBlinds aren’t. And the word “plantation” describes the size and style of the horizontal louvers.

Blinds have thin horizontal slats that are usually called slats. But these slats are not wide enough or thick enough to pass for “plantation” style.

Some consumers and even blind companies call blinds “plantation,” when that word has been associated with interior louvered shutters. Plantation style shutters can be mistaken for blinds from a distance. But the differences between these two window treatments are plenty.

How Plantation Shutters Differ From Blinds

Kitchen windows covered with blinds
A modern kitchen with plantation shutters 

Plantation Shutters Last Longer Than Blinds

Premium plantation shutters can be manufactured from hardwood, reclaimed wood, or a synthetic wood. These materials make for a sturdy window treatment that outlasts blinds by decades. And when your shutters are painted with UV stabilizers, their color won’t fade.

In contrast to shutters, blinds may have a wand to adjust the slats. And they have a series of cords to hold the slats up. Those two parts, as well as the thin slats, are susceptible to breaking.

Blinds are also not effective at giving you control over temperature and light. And they tend to yellow when overexposed to the sun, unlike quality shutters.

They’re Highly Energy Efficient

Energy efficiency starts with the material a window treatment is made from. Plantation shutters, with their wood and synthetic wood louvers, are known to be the most energy-efficient window treatment in Clearwater. And it’s Polywood®’s exclusive weatherstripping that’s made to help restrict airflow. That’s how Polywood is 1600% more energy efficient than an aluminum blind.

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

They Accentuate The Shape Of Your Window

Another thing to think about is that a rectangle is the only shape blinds are available in. And if your window are circular, arched, triangular, or octagonal, blinds will hide the shape rather than highlight it.

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

They Give Your House A Custom Look

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

Plantation shutters in Clearwater are available in Polywood, Ovation® wood, and reclaimed wood. And there’s more than 300,000 combinations of custom options of these window treatments to fit your style.

Shutters are usually mounted with a frame that accentuates the corners and highlights the shutter panels. These plantation shutters become a fashion statement that wows. And they become a permanent feature that adds to your home’s appraisal value.

One example of an exceptional way for custom window coverings  is to have the shutters made from reclaimed wood. No two shutter louvers - no two shutter panels - have the same holes, colors, or marks. It’s the ultimate custom window treatment you’ve been looking for in the Clearwater area.

Schedule A Consultation Before You Order Window Coverings In Clearwater

Doing your research is the first step in selecting the best window treatments. That’s how you figured out how blinds and plantation shutters are different. So before you buy window coverings, set up a consultation with one of our team members in Clearwater. We’ll bring samples of products right to your home and walk you through selecting the one that works best for your windows. Call us at 813-580-7288 or fill out the form below to get started!