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Why Some Homeowners In Hartford Mistake Plantation Blinds For Plantation Shutters

April 19, 2016

When Hartford homeowners give us a call for a quote, they may mistakenly ask for plantation blinds. However plantation blinds isn’t the right name of the window covering they have in mind.

What most people refer to as “plantation blinds” are actually plantation shutters.

The word “plantation” is synonymous with interior shuttersThat’s not the case with blinds. And the term “plantation” describes the size and style of the horizontal louvers.

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

Some consumers and even blind companies call blinds “plantation,” although that word has always been associated with custom interior shutters. Plantation shutters can look like blinds at a glance. But these two window treatments differ in plenty of ways.

How Plantation Shutters Differ From Blinds

Blinds covering the windows of a modern kitchen
A modern kitchen with plantation shutters 

Plantation Shutters Last Longer Than Blinds

Premium plantation shutters can be made from hardwood, reclaimed wood, or a synthetic wood. Any of these materials give you a sturdy window treatment that outlasts blinds by decades. And when you buy shutters with UV stabilizer-infused paint, your plantation shutters don’t lose their original color.

In contrast to shutters, blinds may have a wand to adjust the slats. And they have a series of cords to hold the slats up. These two components, as well as the thin slats, are notorious for busting.

Blinds don’t give you control over brightness and temperature. And they tend to yellow after years in the sun, unlike 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 Hartford. But it’s Polywood®’s exclusive weatherstripping that’s made to help seal off airflow. That’s how Polywood is 1600% more energy efficient than an aluminum blind.

When the blind is closed, there’s room on both sides of the blind where air can escape through. You can see holes where the cords are. And the slats aren’t tight against each other. These issues make blinds less energy efficient in comparison with well-built plantation shutters that close with minimal gaps.

They Highlight The Shape Of Your Window

Another thing to keep in mind 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 on the other hand are ideal for specialty-shaped windows. They are custom made to every corner, arch, and angle. The finished shutters is a functional window treatment that looks beautiful and makes the window shape pop.

They Give Your House A Custom Look

You can order blinds in a selection of textures, finishes, and colors. They can even be cordless or motorized. But no matter how you mix and match their options, blinds don’t have the custom look that shutters have.

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

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

An example of an unique way for custom window treatments  is to have the shutters built from reclaimed wood. No two shutter louvers - no two shutter panels - have the same holes, colors, or marks. It’s the ultimate custom window treatment you can find in the Hartford area.

Schedule A Consultation Before You Order Window Coverings In Hartford

Doing your research is the first step in choosing the best window treatments. That’s how you figured out how blinds and plantation shutters are different. So before you purchase window treatments, set up a consultation with one of our professionals in Hartford. We’ll bring product samples right to your house and help you in ordering the one that works best for your windows. Contact us at 860-266-5459 or fill out the form below to get started!