Busting More Plantation Shutter Myths

Dan Taylor

Our Atlanta shutter team has exposed some shutter myths before. On our last myth-busting trip, we tackled a few common misconceptions people have about interior shutters in Atlanta.

Well, the Sunburst Shutters Atlanta pros are back to correct the record on a couple more myths we’ve heard from homeowners around Georgia. Let’s take a look.

Myth #1: “Plantation shutters are for Southern houses.”

When some people see the name “plantation shutters,” they stick to the image of a giant, sprawling southern mansion surrounded by fields. Although it’s true that they are named for that particular place and time, plantation shutters in fact had huge popularity much earlier and much later than the Antebellum South.

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

However, plantation shutters offer those same benefits to any type of home. Craftsman homes can use shutters, just like Tudor homes, Mid-Century Modern houses, and even beach houses can.

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

Because plantation shutters have been used in so many houses and for such a long time, some homeowners may have gotten the impression that shutters look somewhat boring. We’ve heard a customer say before that their home was “too eclectic” to use shutters, which was a tad confusing–since shutters are the one window treatment that can accentuate any style.

Atlanta man cave with shutters
 
Plantation shutters are versatile and can work with any type of design, from modern living room to relaxed man cave. And remember, there’s a reason shutters are still chosen all these years later: they’re always in style. Put in a set of the newest and trendiest drapes and they’ll likely be outdated in just a few seasons. Shutters stay beautifully in fashion for decades, 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 some 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. Regardless, shutters and blinds couldn’t be more different. Here’s the basic breakdown of the two.


What’s the difference?

Blinds

Shutters

Can they block out the entire window?

No

Yes

Structure

Dangles from cord

Solid frame mounted on to window frame

Lifetime

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

Can easily last 20+ years.

Permanent or temporary?

Temporary

Permanent

Can they increase home value?

No

Yes

Energy Efficiency

Minimal

Can block up to 50% of heat from the sun.

Specialty Windows

Can only fit rectangular windows.

Can fit any specialty shape windows.

What are the horizontal parts called?

Slats

Louvers

Myth #4: “All window coverings offer nearly the same energy efficiency.”

Like the “Blinds vs. Shutters” table above mentions, window treatments can differ by a wide margin on how much energy efficiency they offer. The structure, material, and construction will all have a big impact in how energy efficient a window treatment is.

No window treatment on your window means no energy efficiency added whatsoever. Offering only slightly more energy efficiency are your everyday retail mini blinds. More energy efficient than those are drapes and sturdy fabric window coverings. Getting into somewhat noticeable territory we have most wood shutters and honeycomb shades, made to offer sun-blocking protection and heat reduction. But at the very top of the mountain are Polywood plantation shutters, made to both reflect and block sunlight and outside heat from passing into your home.

No More Shutter Myths

If you feel as if you’re swimming in an ocean of half truths when it comes to shutters, we can toss you a lifeline. Call Sunburst Shutters Atlanta today at 404-962-8517 to talk to one of our pros and set up a free in-home consultation to find your perfect shutter or window treatment today.