Why Some Homeowners In Hartford Confuse Plantation Blinds And Plantation Shutters04/19/2016Holly Perron When Hartford homeowners give us a call for a quote, they may mistakenly ask for plantation blinds. They don’t realize that plantation blinds is the wrong term for the window covering they have in mind.When people say “plantation blinds”, they actually mean plantation shutters.The word “plantation” is synonymous with interior shutters. Blinds 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 are usually called slats. But these slats are not thick enough or wide enough to be considered “plantation” style.Even some blind companies call blinds “plantation,” but that word has always been associated with interior louvered shutters. Plantation style shutters can look like blinds from a distance. But these two window treatments differ in plenty of ways.How Plantation Shutters Differ From Blinds Plantation Shutters Last Longer Than BlindsPremium plantation shutters can be made from synthetic wood, hardwood, or reclaimed wood. Any of these materials result in a sturdy window treatment that outlasts blinds by decades. And when your shutters are painted with UV stabilizers, their color won’t fade.In contrast to shutters, blinds may have a wand to move the slats. And they have a series of cords to hold the slats up. These two components, as well as the thin slats, are susceptible to busting.Blinds don’t give you control over temperature and brightness. And they can yellow when overexposed to the sun, unlike quality shutters.They’re Highly Energy EfficientEnergy efficiency starts with the material a window treatment is made from. Plantation shutters, with their wood and synthetic wood louvers, are the most energy efficient window treatment in Hartford. But it’s the exclusive weatherstripping on Polywood® shutters that’s engineered to help seal off airflow. That’s how Polywood is 1600% more energy efficient than an aluminum blind.When the blind is closed, there are holes where the cords are. The slats aren’t tight against each other. And there’s room on both sides of the blind where air can flow. These problems make blinds less energy efficient than well-built plantation shutters that close with minimal gaps.They Highlight The Shape Of Your WindowAnother thing to think about is that a rectangle is the only shape blinds come in. And when you have windows that are circular, arched, triangular, or octagonal, blinds will hide the shape rather than show it off.Plantation shutters however are ideal for specialty shaped windows. They are custom made to account for every angle, corner, and arch. The completed shutters is a window treatment that operates smoothly, looks stunning, and makes the window shape pop.They Give Your Home A Custom LookYes, you can order blinds in a wide variety of textures, finishes, and colors. They can even be motorized or cordless. But however you mix and match their options, blinds don’t look as custom as shutters do.Plantation shutters in Hartford are available in Ovation® wood, reclaimed wood, and Polywood. And there’s 300,000+ combinations of custom options of these window treatments so they fit your personal taste.Shutters are usually installed with a frame that accentuates the corners and highlights the shutter panels. These plantation shutters become a fashion statement in and of themselves. And as a permanent feature of your home, they increases its appraisal value.One example of an exceptional idea for custom window treatments isshutters made from reclaimed wood. No two shutter panels - no two shutter louvers - have similar holes, colors, or marks. It’s the ultimate custom window treatment you’ve been looking for in the Hartford area.Schedule A Consultation Before You Purchase Window Coverings In HartfordDoing your research is the first step in choosing the best window treatments. It’s helped you figure out the differences between blinds and plantation shutters. So before you purchase window treatments, set up a consultation with one of our team members in Hartford. We’ll bring product samples right to your doorstep and guide you in picking the one that works best for your windows. Call us at 860-266-5459 or fill out the form below to get started!