Busting More Plantation Shutter Myths

Holly Perron

The Hartford shutter pros have busted a few shutter myths previously. On our previous myth-busting binge, we exposed a few common misconceptions homeowners have regarding plantation shutters in Hartford.

This time, the Sunburst Shutters Hartford experts are back to set the record straight on a few more myths we’ve heard from shutter-buyers around Connecticut. Let’s take a look.

Myth #1: “Plantation shutters only work in Southern houses.”

When some homeowners hear the name “plantation shutters,” their minds stick to the image of a huge, sprawling southern mansion surrounded by hills. Though it’s true that the shutters owe their name to that location and time, plantation shutters were actually popular much earlier and much later than 19th Century Southern America.

Hartford pink living room with shutters 
Plantation shutters likely gained that name because they were in just about every house in the south of the time. Because of their huge popularity in the south–with their ability to keep homes cool during hot summers, and offering excellent views for those sprawling houses–the name stayed.

However, plantation shutters offer those very same features to any type of home. Craftsman style houses can utilize shutters, just like Tudor homes, Cape Cod houses, and even cottage houses can.

Myth #2: “My house‘s style won’t work with shutters.”

Because plantation shutters saw so much use over time, some people may have gotten the impression that shutters may look a little boring. We’ve heard a customer say before that their home was “too distinct” for shutters, which was a big head-scratcher–since shutters are likely the one and only window treatment that can match any style.

Hartford man cave with shutters
Interior shutters are adaptable to any type of design, from stylish living room to fun man cave. And remember, shutters are still used to this day for a reason: they just don’t go out of style. Get a set of the latest and trendiest blinds and they’ll look out of fashion in a year or two. Shutters stay stylish, chic, and fashion-forward year after year, especially when you choose premium Polywood plantation shutters.

Myth #3: “Blinds and shutters are basically the same thing.”

For some reason, there happens to be a lot of confusion over the difference between blinds and shutters. Perhaps it has to do with homeowners conflating “louvers” and “slats,” or perhaps the similar basic shape causes it. Either way, blinds and shutters couldn’t be more different. Below is a basic breakdown of the two.

What’s the difference?



Can block out whole window134




Suspended from cord

Solid frame attached136 to window frame

How long will they last?

Will break down or fall apart after 2-3 years.

Will usually last 20+ years.

Permanent or temporary?



Increases home value



Energy Efficiency


Can block up to 30 degrees of outside temperature.

Specialty Windows

Can only fit rectangular windows.

Can fit any specialty shape windows.

What are the adjustable parts called?



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

As the “Blinds vs. Shutters” table shows, window treatments can vary tremendously on how energy efficient they are. The shape, material, and construction can all have a big impact in how energy efficient a window treatment is.

At the bottom rung of energy efficiency is leaving your window completely bare. Offering only a tiny bit more energy efficiency are your everyday department store mini blinds. Up a little further on the spectrum are draperies and heavier fabric window treatments. Getting even closer to energy efficient territory are the majority of wood shutters and honeycomb shades, made to offer sun-blocking protection and temperature reduction. But the real king of the hill in energy efficiency is Polywood plantation shutters, constructed to both reflect and block thermal heat from moving through your window.

No More Shutter Myths

If you feel like you’re drowning in a sea of half truths when it comes to shutters, we want to throw you a lifeline. Call Sunburst Shutters Hartford today at 860-266-5459 to talk to one of our pros and schedule a free in-home consultation to find your perfect shutter or window treatment today.