Why Some Homeowners In Raleigh Confuse Plantation Blinds And Plantation Shutters04/19/2016Blake Jarman When homeowners in the Raleigh area 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. That’s because what most people refer to as “plantation blinds” are in fact plantation shutters. Interior shutters are synonymous with the term “plantation”, not blinds. And the term “plantation” describes the style of the window treatment as it relates to the size of the horizontal louvers. Blinds’ thin horizontal 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 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, your plantation shutters will not lose their original color. Unlike shutters, blinds have a series of cords that hold the slats up. And most have a wand to move the slats. Those two parts, in addition to 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 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 restrict airflow. That’s how Polywood insulates 1600% better than an aluminum blind. When you close a blind, there’s room on both sides of the blind where air can escape through. Holes are visible where the cords are. And the slats aren’t tight against each other. 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 shutters is a functional window treatment that looks beautiful and makes the window shape pop. 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 no matter what combination you select, 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 installed with a frame that accentuates the corners and highlights the shutter panels. These shutters become a fashion statement that wows. And as a permanent fixture, they adds to your home’s appraisal value. An example of an unique way to customize your window treatments is plantationshutters built 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 Buy 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!