Why Some Homeowners In Boston Confuse Plantation Blinds And Plantation Shutters04/19/2016Holly Perron When homeowners in the Boston area give us a call for a quote, they might accidentally ask for plantation blinds. But plantation blinds is the wrong term for the window covering they want. When people say “plantation blinds”, they actually mean plantation shutters. “Plantation” is used interchangeably with interior shutters. Blinds aren’t. And the word “plantation” refers to the size and style of the horizontal louvers. Blinds’ thin horizontal slats are not thick enough or wide enough to be “plantation” style. Even some blind companies call blinds “plantation,” although that term has been associated with custom interior shutters. Plantation shutters may be mistaken for blinds at a glance. But the differences between these two window treatments are plenty. How Plantation Shutters Are Different From Blinds Plantation Shutters Are More Durable Than Blinds Premium plantation shutters can be built from reclaimed wood, synthetic wood, or hardwood. These materials result in a sturdy window treatment that lasts for many more years than a blind. And when your shutters are painted with UV stabilizers, your plantation shutters don’t lose their original color. Unlike shutters, blinds have a series of cords that hold the slats up. And most have a rod to move the slats. Those two components, in addition to the thin slats, are notorious for busting. Blinds don’t give you control over temperature and light. And they tend to yellow after years in the sun, unlike quality shutters. They’re Highly Energy Efficient The material a window treatment is made from greatly affects its energy efficiency. Plantation shutters, with their wood and synthetic wood louvers, are known to be the most energy efficient window treatment in Boston. But it’s the exclusive weatherstripping on Polywood® shutters that’s made to help insulate against airflow. That’s how Polywood is 1600% more energy efficient than an aluminum blind. When you close a blind, there’s space on both sides of the blind where air can flow. You can see holes where the cords are. And the slats aren’t tight against each other. All these weak points make blinds less energy efficient compared to quality plantation shutters that close with little to no gaps. They Accentuate The Shape Of Your Window Another thing to think about is that a rectangle is the only shape blinds come in. And if your window are circular, arched, triangular, or octagonal, blinds will cover up the shape rather than highlight it. Plantation shutters however are ideal for specialty shaped windows. They are custom built to every arch, angle, and corner. The finished shutters is a window treatment that looks stunning, makes the window shape pop, and operates smoothly. They Give Your House A Custom Look Yes, you can get blinds in a variety of textures, finishes, and colors. They can even be cordless and motorized. But no matter how you mix and match their options, blinds don’t look as custom as shutters do. Plantation shutters in Boston are available in Polywood, Ovation® wood, and reclaimed wood. And there’s 300,000+ ways to customize these window treatments to fit your décor. Usually, shutters are installed with a frame that highlights the shutter panels and accentuates the corners. The shutters make a fashion statement in and of themselves. And they become a permanent feature that increases your home’s appraisal value. One example of an exceptional way to customize your window coverings isshutters made from reclaimed wood. No two shutter louvers - no two shutter panels - have similar holes, colors, or marks. It’s the ultimate custom window treatment in the Boston area. Schedule A Consultation Before You Order Window Treatments In Boston The first step in selecting the best window treatments is doing your research. That’s how you figured out how blinds and plantation shutters are different. So before you purchase window coverings, schedule a consultation with one of our experts in Boston. We’ll bring samples of products right to your home and walk you through ordering the one that works best for your windows. Contact us at 781-352-2205 or fill out the form below to get started!