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Why Some Homeowners In Raleigh Confuse Plantation Blinds And Plantation Shutters

April 19, 2016

When Raleigh homeowners contact us for an estimate, some ask for plantation blinds. However plantation blinds is the wrong term for the window covering they have in mind.

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

“Plantation” is commonly associated with interior shuttersBlinds aren’t. And the word “plantation” describes the style of the window treatment as it relates to the size 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 numerous 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 manufactured 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 yellow.

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

Blinds are also ineffective at giving you control over brightness and temperature. And they can yellow after years in the sun, which is not the case with quality shutters.

They’re Highly Energy Efficient

Energy efficiency starts with the material a window treatment is made from. 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 insulate against 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 space on both sides of the blind where air can escape through. And there are 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 think about 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 arch, angle, and corner. The completed shutters 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 or 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 personal taste.

Shutters are usually installed 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.

One unique way to customize your window treatments  is to have the shutters built from reclaimed wood. No two shutter louvers - no two shutter panels - have identical marks, holes, or colors. It’s the ultimate custom window treatment you’ve been looking for in the Raleigh area.

Schedule A Consultation Before You Buy Window Coverings In Raleigh

Doing your research is the first step in selecting the best window treatments. It’s helped you figure out the differences between blinds and plantation shutters. So before you order 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!