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Interior Shutter Myths: The Truth

October 10, 2017

Sunburst Shutters Raleigh has exposed a few shutter myths before. During our last myth-debunking spree, we exposed a few common misconceptions homeowners have about interior shutters in Raleigh.

Well, the Sunburst Shutters Raleigh experts are back to set the record straight on a couple more myths we’ve been hearing from people in and around North Carolina. Let’s jump right in.

Myth: “Plantation Shutters Only Look Good In Southern Houses.”

When some homeowners see the name “plantation shutters,” their minds stick to the image of a giant, elegant southern house surrounded by hills. Though it’s true that they owe their name to that location and time, plantation shutters in fact had huge popularity way before and way after the Antebellum South.

Raleigh pink living room with shutters 
Plantation shutters probably picked up that name because they were commonly found in nearly every home at the time. Because of their immense popularity in the south–due to their ability to keep homes cool during hot summers, as well as offering great views for those huge houses–the name just stuck.

Nevertheless, plantation shutters offer those very same benefits to any style of home. Craftsman homes can use shutters, just as Tudor homes, Mid-Century Modern houses, and even cottage houses can.

Myth#2: “My House Style Won’t Work With Shutters Is Too Eclectic For Shutters.”

Because plantation shutters saw so much use over time, some people may have gotten the impression that shutters may seem somewhat stale. A previous customer once told us that they thought that their space was “too eclectic” to install shutters, which was a big head-scratcher–since shutters are just about the only window treatment that can accentuate any style. 

Raleigh man cave with shutters
Plantation shutters are adaptable to any style, from modern lounge to fun man cave. And don’t forget, there’s a reason shutters are still chosen all these years later: they’re always in style. Get a set of the latest and most fashionable drapes and they’ll look out of fashion in 18 months. Shutters stay bright, bold and beautiful for years and years, especially when you install premier Polywood plantation shutters.

Myth: “Shutters And Blinds 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 it’s the similarity in shape that causes the confusion. Either way, blinds and shutters really couldn’t be further apart on the window treatment spectrum. Below is a basic breakdown of the two.

What’s the difference?



Are able to block out whole window134




Hangs from cord

Solid frame attached to window jamb

How long will they last?

Usually wear down or deteriorate after 2-3 years.

Can easily last 20+ years.

Permanent or temporary?



Can they increase home value?



Energy Efficiency


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

Can they fit specialty windows?



What are the horizontal parts called?



Myth #4: “All window coverings offer about the same energy efficiency.”

As the “Blinds vs. Shutters” table shows, window treatments can vary tremendously on how energy efficient they are. The shape, material, and finish can all make a difference in how energy efficient a window treatment can be.

Offering no benefits in energy efficiency is a bare window without a covering. Offering just a tad more energy efficiency are your typical off the shelf mini blinds. More energy efficient than those are drapes and heavier fabric window treatments. Getting even closer to energy efficient territory we have typical wood shutters and honeycomb shades, made to offer UV protection and heat reduction. But dwarfing all of these other window treatments are Polywood plantation shutters, constructed to both reflect and block outside temperature from passing into your home.

No More Shutter Myths

If you feel like you’re drowning in an ocean of misinformation when it comes to shutters, we can throw you a lifeline. Call Sunburst Shutters Raleigh today at 919-887-9198 to speak to one of our pros and set up your complimentary in-home consultation to find your perfect shutter or window treatment today.