Why Some Homeowners In Raleigh Confuse Plantation Blinds And Plantation Shutters

Blake Jarman

When Raleigh homeowners contact us for an estimate, some ask for plantation blinds. However plantation blinds isn’t the right name of the window covering they have in mind.

When people say “plantation blinds”, they‘re referring to plantation shutters.

Interior shutters are synonymous with the term “plantation”, not blinds. And the term “plantation” describes the size and style of the horizontal louvers.

Blinds have thin horizontal slats that most people call slats. But these slats are not thick enough or wide enough to be “plantation” style.

Some consumers and even blind companies call blinds “plantation,” but that word has always been associated with interior louvered shutters. Plantation shutters may be mistaken for blinds at a glance. But these two window treatments differ in plenty of ways.

How Plantation Shutters Differ From Blinds

Kitchen windows covered with blinds
A modern kitchen with plantation shutters 

Plantation Shutters Last Longer Than Blinds

Premium plantation shutters can be built from reclaimed wood, synthetic wood, or hardwood. These materials give you a sturdy window treatment that lasts for many more years than a blind. And when the paint on your shutters is infused with UV stabilizers, their color won’t fade.

Unlike shutters, blinds may have a wand to adjust the slats. And they have a series of cords to hold the slats up. Those two parts, as well as the thin slats, are susceptible to breaking.

Blinds don’t give you control over brightness and temperature. And they can yellow over extended periods of sun exposure, which is not the case with 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 Raleigh. And it’s the exclusive weatherstripping on Polywood® shutters that’s engineered to help restrict airflow. That’s how Polywood insulates 1600% better than an aluminum blind.

When you close a blind, the slats aren’t tight against each other. There’s room on both sides of the blind where air can escape through. And you can see holes where the cords are. These weak points make blinds less energy efficient in comparison with quality plantation shutters.

They Highlight The Shape Of Your Window

Another thing to consider is that the only shape blinds are available in is rectangular. And when you have windows that are circular, arched, triangular, or octagonal, blinds will cover up the shape rather than highlight it.

Plantation shutters however are perfect for specialty shaped windows. They are custom built to every angle, corner, and arch. The completed product is a window treatment that looks stunning, makes the window shape pop, and operates smoothly.

They Give Your Home A Custom Look

You can get blinds in an array of finishes, colors, and textures. They can even be cordless and motorized. But however you mix and match their options, blinds don’t have the custom look that shutters have.

Plantation shutters in Raleigh 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 mounted with a frame that highlights the shutter panels and accentuates the corners of the window. These shutters become a fashion statement that wows. And they become a permanent feature that adds to your home’s appraisal value.

An example of an unique way to customize your window treatments is plantationshutters made from reclaimed wood. No two shutter louvers - no two shutter panels - have identical colors, marks, or holes. It’s the ultimate custom window treatment you can find in the Raleigh area.

Schedule A Consultation Before You Purchase Window Coverings In Raleigh

Doing your research is the first step in picking the best window treatments. It’s helped you figure out the differences between blinds and plantation shutters. So before you purchase window coverings, set up a consultation with one of our experts in Raleigh. We’ll bring samples of products right to your home and walk you through selecting 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 919-887-9198 or fill out the form below to get started!