Blinds vs Shutters: The Decisive Comparison Between Blinds and Shutters Given the choice between blinds and shutters, which window treatment is the perfect solution for your Boston home? We recommend you compare them! Blinds are a traditional window treatment that have been covering windows in Boston for as long as memory serves. And shutters are a modern window treatment that has skyrocketed in popularity in the past 20 years. Let’s discover how these two window treatment veterans perform on durability, energy efficiency, cleaning, special window shapes, and home resale value. Styles Blinds can be purchased in metal, hardwood, faux wood, and vertical styles. With more than 300 colors and textures to select from, blinds let you 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 tints 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 influence of the external climate. Actually, Polywood plantation shutters insulate up to 70% better than similar 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 installed 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, unobstructed. Special Window Shapes Traditional blinds can only cover rectangular-shaped windows, not arched, circular, octagonal, or triangular windows. And blinds would only obscure the charming window you fell in love with when you moved into the house, anyway. Shutters, on the other hand, can be custom-designed to fit your windows perfectly, regardless of their shape, letting you have access to the view and control over privacy – while complementing your specialty-shaped windows’ elegance. Home Resale Value When your home is assessed for resale, all the permanent fixtures are examined. Blinds can be moved from one house to another, however shutters are custom-designed and become part of your windows and home. As a matter of fact, they add value to your home not only by being a permanent asset, but also by being an energy-efficient one! We outlined the differences between blinds and shutters in this table for you. Selecting between the two window treatments hinges 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? It comes down to personal preference. And, when you’ve decided, we’ll be here to guide you through the process of designing them for your windows. Call us at 781-352-2205 or fill out the form below to schedule your free in-home consultation today!