Debunking More Plantation Shutter Myths10/10/2017Todd Hansen We’ve busted a few shutter myths previously. On our previous myth-busting trip, we exposed a few common misconceptions people have about interior shutters in Orlando. This time, the Sunburst Shutters Orlando experts are back to correct the record on a few more myths we’ve heard from homeowners in and around FL. Let’s get started. Myth #1: “Plantation shutters only look good in Southern houses.” When some people hear the phrase “plantation shutters,” their minds immediately go to the image of a giant, sprawling southern mansion surrounded by fields. Although it’s true that the shutters owe their name to that location and time, plantation shutters were actually popular way before and way after the Antebellum South. Plantation shutters likely gained their name because they were so ubiquitous in southern homes of the time. Because of their immense popularity in the south–with their ability to keep homes cool during hot summers, and offering fantastic views for those sprawling houses–the name stuck. Nevertheless, plantation shutters can give those exact same benefits to any type of home. Craftsman houses can utilize shutters, just as Tudor homes, Mid-Century Modern houses, and even cottage houses can. Myth #2: “My house is too eclectic for shutters.” Because plantation shutters have been so popular for so long, some people may have gotten the impression that shutters might seem a little boring. A previous customer once told us that they thought that their space was “too eclectic” to use shutters, which was a tad confusing–since shutters are likely the one and only window treatment that can match any style. Plantation shutters are versatile and can work with any style, from chic parlor to cozy man cave. And remember, there’s a reason shutters are still so popular: they don’t go out of style. Put in a set of the newest and trendiest curtains and they’ll likely be passé in a year or two. Shutters stay beautifully in fashion year after year, especially when you get premier Polywood plantation shutters. Myth #3: “Shutters and blinds are just about the same thing.” For some reason, there happens to be some confusion over the difference between blinds and shutters. Perhaps it has to do with people confusing “slats” and “louvers,” or perhaps the similar basic shape causes it. No matter the reason, shutters and blinds really couldn’t be further apart on the window treatment spectrum. Here’s the basic breakdown of the battle of blinds vs. shutters. What’s the difference? Blinds Shutters Can block out whole window134 No Yes Structure Suspended from cord Solid frame attached136 to window frame Lifespan Can break down or deteriorate after 2-3 years. Will 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. Specialty Windows Can only fit rectangular windows. Can fit any specialty shape windows. What are the adjustable parts called? Slats Louvers Myth #4: “All window coverings are similar in energy efficiency.” As the “Blinds vs. Shutters” table illustrated, window treatments can differ tremendously on how energy efficient they are. The shape, material, and finish can all have a big impact in how much energy efficiency a window treatment offers. On the lowest end of the spectrum you have no window treatment whatsoever. Offering only slightly more energy efficiency are your everyday off the shelf mini blinds. Up a little further on the spectrum are drapes and heavier fabric window treatments. Getting into somewhat noticeable territory are typical wood shutters and cellular shades, made to offer thermal protection and heat reduction. But far beyond all of these are Polywood plantation shutters, constructed to both reflect and block thermal heat from passing into your home. No More Shutter Myths If you feel as if you’re drowning in an ocean of misinformation about window treatments, we want to throw you a lifeline. Call Sunburst Shutters Orlando today at 407-630-7011 to speak to one of our experts and schedule your complimentary in-home consultation to find your perfect shutter or window treatment today.