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Plantation Shutter Myths Busted

October 10, 2017

Sunburst Shutters Atlanta has exposed some shutter myths before. On our last myth-busting trip, we looked at a few common misconceptions people have about interior shutters in Atlanta.

Well, the Sunburst Shutters Atlanta experts are back to set the record straight on a couple more myths we’ve heard from homeowners around Georgia. Let’s jump right in.

Myth #1: “Plantation Shutters Only Look Good In Southern Houses.”

When some people see the name “plantation shutters,” they stick to the image of a giant, elegant southern mansion surrounded by hills. Though 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 at the time. Because of their huge popularity in the south–due to their ability to block a huge amount of light and heat, as well as offering great 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 Victorian homes, Mid-Century Modern houses, and even beach houses can.

Myth#2: “My Home Style Won’t Work With Shutters Is Too Eclectic For 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 might 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 so popular: they don’t go out of style. Put in a set of the newest and trendiest shades and they’ll likely be passé in just a few seasons. Shutters stay beautifully in fashion year after year, especially when you choose premium Polywood plantation shutters.

Myth: “Blinds And Shutters Are Basically The Same Thing.”

For some reason, there seems 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?



Can block out whole window134




Dangles from cord

Solid frame mounted on to window frame

How long will they last?

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

Can easily last 20+ years.

Permanent or temporary?



Can they increase home value?



Energy Efficiency


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

Can they fit unique shape windows?


Can fit any specialty shape windows.

What are the horizontal parts called?



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 the majority of 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 misinformation 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.