Busting More Shutter Myths

Gary Harding

We’ve debunked a few shutter myths before. During our previous myth-debunking binge, we looked at some of the most common misunderstandings people have regarding interior shutters in Denver.

This time, the Sunburst Shutters Denver pros are back to set it straight on a few more myths we’ve heard from shutter-buyers around Colorado. Let’s take a look.

Myth: “Plantation shutters are for Southern homes.”

When some people hear the name “plantation shutters,” their minds stick to the image of a huge, sprawling southern house surrounded by fields. While it’s true that the shutters are named for that particular place and time, plantation shutters in fact had huge popularity much earlier and much later than 19th Century Southern America.

Denver pink living room with shutters 
Plantation shutters almost definitely gained that name because they were in just about every house in the south back then. Because of their huge popularity in the south–with their ability to protect the home interior from intense heat, as well as offering fantastic views for those huge houses–the name stuck.

However, plantation shutters can give those very same perks to any style of home. Craftsman style houses can use shutters, just like Victorian homes, Mid-Century Modern houses, and even cottage houses can.

Myth: “My home‘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 might think that shutters may seem somewhat boring. We’ve heard a customer say before that their space was “too distinct” to use shutters, which was a big head-scratcher–since shutters are the one window treatment that can mesh with any style.

Denver man cave with shutters
 
Shutters are versatile and can work with any type of design, from stylish parlor to relaxed man cave. And remember, shutters have been popular for so long for a reason: they’re always in style. Get a set of the newest and trendiest drapes and they’ll likely be passé in a year or two. Shutters stay bright, bold and beautiful for years and years, especially when you choose premium Polywood plantation shutters.
 

Myth: “Blinds and shutters are pretty much the same thing.”

For some reason, there happens to be a lot of confusion over the difference between shutters and blinds. Perhaps it has to do with people confusing “louvers” and “slats,” or it’s the similarity in shape that causes the confusion. Either way, blinds and shutters are pretty easy to distinguish when you look at their features. Here’s the basic breakdown of the battle between shutters and blinds.


What’s the difference?

Blinds

Shutters

Can block out whole window134

No

Yes

Structure

Dangles from cord

Solid frame attached136 to window frame

Lifetime

Can break down or fall apart after 2-3 years.

Can easily last 20+ years.

Permanent or temporary?

Temporary

Permanent

Can they increase home value?

No

Yes

Energy Efficiency

Minimal

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

Can they fit non-square windows?

No

Yes.

What are the horizontal parts called?

Slats

Louvers

Myth: “All window coverings are about the same in energy efficiency.”

Like the “Blinds vs. Shutters” table shows, window coverings can differ tremendously on how energy efficient they are. The shape, material, and finish can 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 just a tad more energy efficiency are your typical retail mini blinds. More energy efficient than those are draperies and heavier fabric window treatments. Going further into energy efficient territory are typical wood shutters and cellular shades, built to offer thermal protection and heat reduction. But the real king of the hill in energy efficiency is Polywood plantation shutters, designed to both reflect and block sunlight and outside heat from passing into your home.

No More Shutter Myths

If you feel as if you’re swimming in an ocean of misinformation regarding window treatments, we want to toss you a lifeline. Call Sunburst Shutters Denver today at 720-538-0182 to speak to one of our pros and set up a free in-home consultation to find your perfect shutter or window treatment today.