Why Some Homeowners In Denver Confuse Plantation Blinds And Plantation Shutters

April 19, 2016

When homeowners in the Denver area give us a call for a quote, some ask for plantation blinds. They don’t realize that plantation blinds is the wrong term for the window treatment they have in mind.

That’s because when people say “plantation blinds”, they actually mean plantation shutters.

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

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

Some consumers and even blind companies call blinds “plantation,” although that term has been associated with interior louvered shutters. Plantation style shutters might look like blinds at a glance. But these two window treatments differ in numerous ways.

How Plantation Shutters Differ From Blinds

Blinds covering the windows of a modern kitchen
A modern kitchen with plantation shutters 

Plantation Shutters Are More Durable Than Blinds

Premium plantation shutters can be manufactured from synthetic wood, hardwood, or reclaimed wood. Any of these materials give you a sturdy window treatment that outlasts blinds by decades. And when the paint on your shutters is infused with UV stabilizers, your plantation shutters will not lose their original color.

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 parts, as well as the thin slats, are susceptible to busting.

Blinds don’t give you control over temperature and brightness. And they can yellow after years in the sun, unlike 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 known to be the most energy-efficient window treatment in Denver. But it’s Polywood®’s exclusive weatherstripping that’s engineered to help seal off airflow. That’s how Polywood is 1600% more energy efficient than an aluminum blind.

When you close a blind, there’s room on both sides of the blind where air can flow. Holes are visible where the cords are. And the slats aren’t tight against each other. These issues make blinds less energy efficient than quality plantation shutters.

They Accentuate The Shape Of Your Window

Another thing to consider 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 however are ideal for specialty-shaped windows. They are custom made to account for every corner, arch, and angle. The completed product is a functional window treatment that looks stunning and makes the window shape pop.

They Give Your Home A Custom Look

You can get blinds in an array of colors, textures, and finishes. 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 Denver are available in Polywood, Ovation® wood, and reclaimed wood. And there’s more than 300,000 combinations of custom options of these window treatments so they fit your décor.

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

One example of an exceptional idea to customize your window coverings is plantationshutters built from reclaimed wood. No two shutter louvers - no two shutter panels - have the same marks, holes, or colors. It’s the ultimate custom window treatment you’ve been looking for in the Denver area.

Schedule A Consultation Before You Order Window Treatments In Denver

The first step in choosing the best window treatments is doing your research. It’s helped you figure out the differences between blinds and plantation shutters. So before you buy window coverings, set up a consultation with one of our team members in Denver. We’ll bring product samples right to your house and guide you in choosing the one that works best for your windows. Even if you call it plantation blinds, we’ll know what you mean. Give us a call at 720-538-0182 or fill out the form below to get started!
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