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Why Some Homeowners In Salt Lake City Confuse Plantation Blinds And Plantation Shutters

April 19, 2016

When homeowners in the Salt Lake City area ask us for a quote, they may mistakenly ask for plantation blinds. However plantation blinds isn’t the right name of the window treatment they want.

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

“Plantation” is used interchangeably with interior shuttersThat’s not the case with blinds. And the word “plantation” describes the size and style of the horizontal louvers.

Blinds’ thin horizontal slats are not wide enough or thick enough to pass for “plantation” style.

Some consumers and even blind companies call blinds “plantation,” when that term has been associated with custom interior louvered shutters. Plantation style shutters can look like blinds at a glance. But the differences between these two window treatments are numerous.

How Plantation Shutters Differ From Blinds

A modern kitchen with blinds
Plantation shutters covering a kitchen window 

Plantation Shutters Are More Durable Than Blinds

Premium plantation shutters can be made from synthetic wood, hardwood, or reclaimed wood. Any of these materials result in a sturdy window treatment that outlasts blinds by decades. And when your shutters are painted with UV stabilizers, their color won’t yellow.

Unlike shutters, blinds have a series of cords that hold the slats up. And most have a wand to tilt the slats. These two elements, in addition to the thin slats, are susceptible to busting.

Blinds are also not effective at giving you control over light and temperature. And they are likely to yellow when overexposed to the sun, which is not the case with 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 the most energy-efficient window treatment in Salt Lake City. And it’s Polywood®’s exclusive weatherstripping that’s made to help insulate against airflow. That’s how Polywood insulates 1600% better 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 room on both sides of the blind where air can flow. All 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 come in. And if your window are arched, triangular, octagonal, or circular, blinds will hide the shape rather than show it off.

Plantation shutters on the other hand are perfect for specialty-shaped windows. They are custom built to every angle, corner, and arch. The completed product is a window treatment that operates smoothly. And it will look beautiful and makes the window shape pop.

They Give Your House A Custom Look

Yes, you can get blinds in an array 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 have the custom look that shutters have.

Plantation shutters in Salt Lake City are available in reclaimed wood, Polywood, and Ovation® wood. And there’s more than 300,000 combinations of custom options of these window treatments to match your décor.

Usually, shutters are installed with a frame that highlights the shutter panels and accentuates the corners. The interior shutters make a fashion statement in and of themselves. And as a permanent fixture, they increase your home’s appraisal value.

An example of an exceptional idea to customize your window coverings  is to have the shutters built from reclaimed wood. No two shutter louvers - no two shutter panels - have identical holes, colors, or marks. It’s the ultimate custom window treatment in the Salt Lake City area.

Schedule A Consultation Before You Order Window Coverings In Salt Lake City

The first step in choosing the best window treatments is doing your research. That’s how you figured out the differences between blinds and plantation shutters. So before you buy window treatments, set up a consultation with one of our experts in Salt Lake City. We’ll bring product samples right to your house and help you in ordering the one that works best for your windows. Call us at 801-515-3598 or fill out the form below to get started!