Blinds vs Shutters: The Decisive Comparison Between Blinds and Shutters When it comes to blinds and shutters, which window treatment is the perfect solution for your Hartford home? Here’s how to find out: compare them! Blinds are a traditional window treatment that have been covering windows in Hartford for as long as anyone can remember. And shutters are a modern window treatment that has skyrocketed in popularity in the past 20 years. Let’s take a look at how these two window treatment veterans go up against each other when it comes to durability, energy efficiency, cleaning, special window shapes, and home resale value. Styles Blinds are available in metal, hardwood, faux wood, and vertical styles. With 300+ colors and textures to choose from, blinds allow you to match your window treatments to your style –right down to the pattern. Plantation shutters are available in Polywood® and Ovation® wood. We supply Polywood in three premium white paint colors – and a custom paint color program for hues of beige, yellow, and grey. Ovation wood shutters come in 28 wood stains and 11 paint colors. Durability When attended to, blinds last an average of 5 years. While shutters can last more than 50 years. Energy Efficiency When closed, the thin slats on blinds don’t have much effect on blocking airflow and heat from outside. But shutters, with their thick louvers and tailored mounting, seal off the impact of the external climate. As a matter of fact, Polywood plantation shutters insulate up to 70% better than equivalent traditional wood shutters – and 1600% better than aluminum blinds! Cleaning Dusting the thin slats of blinds can be a hassle – especially with the cords that run through from top to bottom. When plantation shutters are set up with a hidden or rear-mount tilt rod, all you have to do to clean the large louvers is tilt them back with your hand and wipe the louvers, unhindered. Special Window Shapes Traditional blinds can only fit rectangular-shaped windows, not arched, circular, octagonal, or triangular windows. And blinds would only conceal the beautiful window you fell in love with when you bought the house, anyway. Shutters, however, can be custom-built to fit your windows precisely, regardless of their shape, giving you access to the view and control over privacy – while enhancing your specialty-shaped windows’ elegance. Home Resale Value When your home is appraised for resale, all the permanent fixtures are taken into consideration. Blinds can be moved from one house to another, whereas shutters are custom-installed and become part of your windows and home. As a matter of fact, they increase the value of your home not only by being a permanent asset, but also by being an energy-efficient one! We condensed the differences between blinds and shutters in this table for you. Picking between the two window treatments depends on your style, your windows, and your budget. Blinds Shutters Styles Metal, Hardwood, Faux Wood, Vertical Polywood and Ovation Wood Durability Last about 5 years Last 50+ years Energy Efficiency Minimum Maximum Cleaning Difficult Easy Special Window Shapes N/A Customizable to fit any window shape Home Resale Value No effect Increases home resale value Between Blinds and Shutters, Which Is the Ideal Solution for You? Well, that’s up to you to decide. And, when you do, we’ll be here to explain the process of designing them for your windows. Call us at 860-266-5459 or fill out the form below to schedule your free in-home consultation today!