More Plantation Shutter Myths Debunked

Danielle Micich

We’ve busted some shutter myths before. On our previous myth-debunking binge, we tackled a few common misunderstandings homeowners have about interior shutters in Fort Lauderdale.

This time, the Sunburst Shutters Fort Lauderdale experts are back to correct the record on a couple more myths we’ve been hearing from homeowners in and around FL. Let’s jump right in.

Myth: “Plantation shutters are for Southern houses.”

When some homeowners see the name “plantation shutters,” they typically conjure the image of a giant, sprawling southern house surrounded by fields. Although it’s true that they owe their name to that location and time, plantation shutters in fact had huge popularity way before and way after 19th Century Southern America.

Fort Lauderdale pink living room with shutters 
Plantation shutters likely gained their name because they were so ubiquitous in southern homes at the time. Because of their immense popularity in the south–due to their ability to block a huge amount of light and heat, and offering excellent views for those huge houses–the name just stuck.

Nevertheless, plantation shutters offer those very same perks to any home, no matter its style or location. Craftsman homes can use shutters, just as Victorian homes, Mid-Century Modern houses, and even beach houses can.

Myth: “My home‘s style won’t work with shutters.”

Because plantation shutters have been so popular for so long, some people may have gotten the impression that shutters might seem somewhat stale. We’ve worked with a customer previously who claimed that their house was “too eclectic” to install shutters, which was a tad confusing–since shutters are probably the only window treatment that can mesh with any style.

Fort Lauderdale man cave with shutters
 
Plantation shutters are adaptable to any fashion, from modern living room to fun man cave. And remember, shutters have been popular for so long for a reason: they don’t go out of style. Get a set of the newest and trendiest curtains and they’ll likely be passé in a year or two. Shutters stay stylish, chic, and fashion-forward for decades, especially when you choose premium Polywood plantation shutters.
 

Myth: “Shutters and blinds are pretty much the same thing.”

For some reason, there’s a lot of confusion over the difference between blinds and shutters. It might have to do with homeowners conflating “slats” and “louvers,” or it’s the similarity in shape that causes the confusion. Either way, blinds and shutters really couldn’t be further apart on the window treatment spectrum. Here’s the basic breakdown of both.


What’s the difference?

Blinds

Shutters

Can they block out the entire window?

No

Yes

Structure

Hangs from cord

Solid frame mounted on to window frame

Lifetime

Can break down or deteriorate after 2-3 years.

Can easily last 20+ years.

Permanent or temporary?

Temporary

Permanent

Adds to value of the home?

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 treatments are basically the same in energy efficiency.”

As the “Blinds vs. Shutters” table shows, window treatments can vary tremendously on how energy efficient they are. The shape, material, and construction can all make a difference in how much energy efficiency a window treatment offers.

On the lowest end of the spectrum you have no window treatment whatsoever. Offering just a tad more energy efficiency are your common retail mini blinds. More energy efficient than those are draperies and heavier fabric window treatments. Getting into somewhat noticeable territory are the majority of wood shutters and honeycomb shades, made to offer sun-blocking protection and heat reduction. But far beyond all of these are Polywood plantation shutters, made to both reflect and block thermal heat from moving through your window.

No More Shutter Myths

If you feel as if you’re drowning in an ocean of inaccurate info when it comes to window treatments, we can toss you a lifeline. Call Sunburst Shutters Fort Lauderdale today at 561-440-8535 to talk to one of our experts and schedule your free in-home consultation to find your perfect shutter or window treatment today.