Why Some Homeowners In Houston Confuse Plantation Blinds And Plantation Shutters04/19/2016Cory Cryer When homeowners in the Houston area contact us for an estimate, they might accidentally ask for plantation blinds. However plantation blinds is the wrong term for the window treatment they want. That’s because when people say “plantation blinds”, they‘re referring to plantation shutters. “Plantation” is used interchangeably with interior shutters. Blinds aren’t. And the word “plantation” refers to the size and style of the horizontal louvers. Blinds have thin horizontal slats that most people call slats. But these slats are not wide enough or thick enough to be “plantation” style. Even some blind companies call blinds “plantation,” although that word has historically been associated with custom interior shutters. Plantation shutters might be mistaken for blinds at a glance. But these two window treatments differ in plenty of ways. How Plantation Shutters Differ From Blinds Plantation Shutters Last Longer Than Blinds Premium plantation shutters can be manufactured from hardwood, reclaimed wood, or a synthetic wood. Any of these materials make for a sturdy window treatment that lasts for many more years than a blind. And when you buy shutters with UV stabilizer-infused paint, their color won’t yellow. In contrast to shutters, blinds may have a rod to tilt the slats. And they have a series of cords to hold the slats up. These two components, as well as the thin slats, are notorious for busting. Blinds are also not effective at giving you control over temperature and brightness. And they can yellow after years in the sun, unlike quality shutters. They’re Highly Energy Efficient The material a window treatment is made from greatly affects its energy efficiency. Plantation shutters, with their synthetic wood and wood louvers, are the most energy efficient window treatment in Houston. And it’s the exclusive weatherstripping on Polywood® shutters that’s engineered to help seal off airflow. That’s how Polywood is 1600% more energy efficient than an aluminum blind. When the blind is closed, you can see holes where the cords are. The slats aren’t tight against each other. And there’s space on both sides of the blind where air can flow. All these weak points make blinds less energy efficient compared to quality plantation shutters. They Highlight The Shape Of Your Window Another thing to think about is that the only shape blinds come in is rectangular. And when you have windows that are circular, arched, triangular, or octagonal, blinds will hide the shape rather than highlight it. Plantation shutters however are ideal for specialty shaped windows. They are custom made to account for every angle, corner, and arch. The completed shutters is a window treatment that makes the window shape pop, operates smoothly, and looks stunning. They Give Your House A Custom Look Yes, you can order blinds in a wide variety of textures, finishes, and colors. They can even be motorized or cordless. But no matter what combination you select, blinds don’t have the custom look that shutters have. Plantation shutters in Houston come in reclaimed wood, Polywood, and Ovation® wood. And there’s over 300,000 ways to customize these window treatments to fit your décor. Shutters are usually installed with a frame that accentuates the corners and highlights the shutter panels. These shutters make a fashion statement that wows. And they become a permanent feature that adds to your home’s appraisal value. One example of an unique way for custom window coverings is plantationshutters made from reclaimed wood. No two shutter panels - no two shutter louvers - have similar holes, colors, or marks. It’s the ultimate custom window treatment you can find in the Houston area. Schedule A Consultation Before You Buy Window Treatments In Houston The first step in picking the best window treatments is doing your research. That’s how you figured out how blinds and plantation shutters are different. So before you purchase window coverings, schedule a consultation with one of our team members in Houston. We’ll bring product samples right to your doorstep and guide you in ordering the one that works best for your windows. Call us at 713-853-9629 or fill out the form below to get started!