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Why Some Homeowners In Cleveland Confuse Plantation Blinds And Plantation Shutters

April 19, 2016

When homeowners in the Cleveland 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 covering they want.

That’s because what most people refer to as “plantation blinds” are actually plantation shutters.

“Plantation” is commonly associated with interior shutters, not blinds. And the term “plantation” refers to the size and style of the horizontal louvers.

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

Some consumers and even blind companies call blinds “plantation,” although that word has been associated with interior louvered shutters. Plantation shutters can look like blinds at a glance. But the differences between these two window treatments are many.

How Plantation Shutters Differ From Blinds

A modern kitchen with blinds
A kitchen window 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, their color won’t fade.

In contrast to shutters, blinds have a series of cords that hold the slats up. And most have a wand to tilt the slats. These two elements, as well as the thin slats, are susceptible to breaking.

Blinds are also ineffective at giving you control over light and temperature. And they can yellow when overexposed to the sun, 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 wood and synthetic wood louvers, are known to be the most energy-efficient window treatment in Cleveland. But it’s Polywood®’s exclusive weatherstripping that’s engineered to help restrict airflow. That’s how Polywood insulates 1600% better than an aluminum blind.

When you close a blind, you can see holes where the cords are. The slats aren’t tight against each other. And there’s space on both sides of the blind where air can escape through. These issues make blinds less energy efficient than well-built plantation shutters.

They Accentuate 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 arched, triangular, octagonal, or circular, blinds will hide the shape rather than highlight it.

Plantation shutters on the other hand are ideal for specialty-shaped windows. They are custom built to account for every arch, angle, and corner. The finished shutters is a functional window treatment that looks beautiful and makes the window shape pop.

They Give Your Home A Custom Look

You can order blinds in an array of textures, finishes, and colors. They can even be motorized and cordless. But no matter what combination you select, blinds don’t look as custom as shutters do.

Plantation shutters in Cleveland are available in reclaimed wood, Polywood, and Ovation® wood. And there’s 300,000+ ways to customize these window treatments to fit your style.

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

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

Schedule A Consultation Before You Order Window Coverings In Cleveland

The first step in selecting the best window treatments is doing your research. That’s how you figured out how blinds and plantation shutters are different. So before you order window coverings, set up a consultation with one of our experts in Cleveland. We’ll bring product samples right to your home and walk you through choosing the one that works best for your windows. Call us at 440-561-6787 or fill out the form below to get started!