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Interior Shutter Myths Debunked

October 10, 2017

Our Houston shutter team has dismantled some shutter myths before. During our previous myth-busting binge, we exposed a few common misconceptions people have regarding 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 shutter-buyers in and around Texas. Let’s jump right in.

Myth: “Plantation Shutters Are Meant For Southern Houses.”

When some homeowners hear the term “plantation shutters,” their minds immediately go to the image of a giant, elegant southern house surrounded by fields. While it’s true that the shutters are named for that particular place and time, plantation shutters enjoyed a lot of popularity way before and way after 19th Century Southern America.

Houston pink living room with shutters 
Plantation shutters almost definitely gained that name because they were commonly found in nearly every home back then. Because of their huge popularity there–due to their ability to protect the home interior from intense heat, as well as offering fantastic views for those huge houses–the name stayed.

Nevertheless, plantation shutters offer those very same perks 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 Style Won’t Work With Shutters Is Too Eclectic For Shutters.”

Because plantation shutters have enjoyed widespread use over several decades, some people may have gotten the impression that shutters look a little stale. We’ve heard a customer say before that their house 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 relaxed 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 get premium Polywood plantation shutters.

Myth #3: “Blinds And Shutters Are Just About The Same Thing.”

For some reason, there happens 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. Either way, blinds and shutters 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?



Can they block out the entire window?




Hangs from cord

Solid frame mounted on to window jamb


Will wear down or deteriorate after 2-3 years.

Can usually last 20+ years.

Permanent or temporary?



Adds to value of the home?



Energy Efficiency


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?



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

Like the “Blinds vs. Shutters” table above mentions, window treatments can vary by a wide margin on how much energy efficiency they offer. The shape, material, and finish will all play a huge part 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 common off the shelf mini blinds. More energy efficient than those are drapes and heavier fabric window coverings. Getting into somewhat noticeable 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, built 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 regarding 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.