Debunking More Plantation Shutter Myths10/10/2017Kevin McCormack The Jacksonville shutter pros have debunked some shutter myths in the past. During our previous myth-busting binge, we tackled a few common misconceptions homeowners have regarding plantation shutters in Jacksonville. This time, the Sunburst Shutters Jacksonville experts are back to set the record straight on a couple more myths we’ve heard from people around FL. Let’s take a look. Myth #1: “Plantation shutters are for Southern houses.” When some homeowners hear the term “plantation shutters,” their minds immediately go to the image of a huge, sprawling southern mansion surrounded by plains. Though it’s true that they owe their name to that location and time, plantation shutters enjoyed a lot of popularity way before and way after the Antebellum South. Plantation shutters probably picked up that name because they were commonly found in nearly every home at the time. Because of their huge popularity there–due to their ability to block a huge amount of light and heat, as well as offering excellent views for those gigantic houses–the name just stuck. Nevertheless, plantation shutters can give those exact same benefits to any style of home. Craftsman houses can use shutters, just as Tudor homes, Prairie houses, and even beach houses can. Myth #2: “My house‘s style won’t work with shutters.” Because plantation shutters have been so popular for so long, some people might think that shutters might seem a little boring. We’ve worked with a customer previously who claimed that their home was “too distinct” to install shutters, which was a big head-scratcher–since shutters are the one window treatment that can accentuate any style. Shutters are adaptable to any type of design, from chic living room to cozy man cave. And don’t forget, shutters have been popular for so long for a reason: they don’t go out of style. Put in a set of the latest and trendiest curtains and they’ll likely be passé in a year or two. Shutters stay beautifully in fashion for decades, especially when you get high quality Polywood plantation shutters. Myth #3: “Shutters and blinds are basically the same.” For some reason, there’s a lot of confusion over the difference between blinds and shutters. It might have to do with homeowners conflating “louvers” and “slats,” or it’s the similarity in shape that causes the confusion. No matter the reason, shutters and blinds are pretty easy to distinguish when you look at their features. Below is a basic breakdown of both. The difference Blinds Shutters Can they block out the entire window? No Yes Structure Suspended from cord Solid frame mounted on to window frame How long will they last? Can break down or fall apart after 2-3 years. Will usually last 20+ years. Permanent or temporary? Temporary Permanent Increases home value No Yes Energy Efficiency Minimal Can block up to 30 degrees of outside temperature. 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 treatments offer basically the same energy efficiency.” As the “Blinds vs. Shutters” table illustrated, window coverings can differ tremendously on how much energy efficiency they offer. The structure, material, and construction can all have a big impact in how energy efficient a window treatment can be. On the lowest end of the spectrum you have no window treatment whatsoever. Offering only a tiny bit more energy efficiency are your typical department store aluminum blinds. More energy efficient than those are draperies and heavier fabric window treatments. Getting even closer to energy efficient territory we have most wood shutters and cellular shades, made to offer UV protection and heat reduction. But far beyond all of these are Polywood plantation shutters, designed to both reflect and block thermal heat from moving through your window. No More Shutter Myths If you feel as if you’re swimming in a sea of misinformation regarding window treatments, we can toss you a lifeline. Call Sunburst Shutters Jacksonville today at 904-289-1663 to talk to one of our experts and set up a free in-home consultation to find your perfect shutter or window treatment today.