Debunking More Plantation Shutter Myths

Cory Cryer

Our Houston shutter team has debunked some shutter myths before. During our previous myth-busting binge, we exposed a few common misconceptions people have about plantation shutters in Houston.

Well, the Sunburst Shutters Houston team is back to correct the record on a couple more myths we’ve been hearing from homeowners in and around TX. Let’s take a look.

Myth: “Plantation shutters are meant for Southern houses.”

When some homeowners hear the phrase “plantation shutters,” their minds stick to the image of a giant, elegant southern mansion surrounded by hills. While it’s true that the shutters are named for that particular place and time, plantation shutters enjoyed a lot of popularity much earlier and much later than 19th Century Southern America.

Houston pink living room with shutters 
Plantation shutters almost definitely gained that name because they were so ubiquitous in southern homes back then. Because of their immense popularity there–due to their ability to protect the home interior from intense heat, as well as offering great views for those huge houses–the name stuck.

Nevertheless, plantation shutters offer those exact same features to any type of home. Craftsman style houses can utilize shutters, just like Colonial homes, Mid-Century Modern houses, and even cottage houses can.

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

Because plantation shutters have been used in so many houses and for such a long time, some people may have gotten the impression that shutters might look a little stale. A previous customer once told us that they thought that their space was “too distinct” to install shutters, which was a tad confusing–since shutters are the one window treatment that can mesh with any style.

Houston man cave with shutters
 
Shutters are adaptable to any style, from modern lounge to fun man cave. And remember, shutters have been popular for so long for a reason: they’re always in style. Buy a set of the latest and most fashionable blinds and they’ll look dated in a year or two. Shutters stay stylish, chic, and fashion-forward year after year, especially when you install premium Polywood plantation shutters.
 

Myth: “Blinds and shutters are just about the same thing.”

For some reason, there seems to be some confusion over the difference between shutters and blinds. It might have to do with people confusing “slats” and “louvers,” or maybe there’s confusion because of their somewhat similar shapes. No matter the reason, blinds and shutters couldn’t be more different. Here’s the basic breakdown of the battle of blinds vs. shutters.


The difference

Blinds

Shutters

Are able to block out whole window134

No

Yes

Structure

Hangs from cord

Solid frame attached136 to window jamb

Lifetime

Can wear down or deteriorate after 2-3 years.

Can usually last 20+ years.

Permanent or temporary?

Temporary

Permanent

Adds to value of the home?

No

Yes

Energy Efficiency

Minimal

Can block up to 50% of heat from the sun.

Specialty Windows

Can only fit rectangular windows.

Can fit any specialty shape windows.

What are the adjustable parts called?

Slats

Louvers

Myth: “All window treatments offer basically the same energy efficiency.”

Like the “Blinds vs. Shutters” table illustrated, window treatments can vary by a wide margin on how much energy efficiency they offer. The shape, material, and finish will all have a big impact in how energy efficient a window treatment is.

Offering no benefits in energy efficiency is a bare window without a covering. Offering only a tiny bit more energy efficiency are your everyday department store mini blinds. More energy efficient than those are drapes and heavier fabric window coverings. Going further into energy efficient territory are typical wood shutters and honeycomb shades, made to offer thermal protection and temperature reduction. But far beyond all of these are Polywood plantation shutters, constructed to both reflect and block outside temperature from passing into your home.

No More Shutter Myths

If you feel as if you’re swimming in an ocean of inaccurate info about shutters, we want to throw you a lifeline. Call Sunburst Shutters Houston today at 713-853-9629 to talk to one of our pros and set up a complimentary in-home consultation to find your perfect shutter or window treatment today.