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Why Some Homeowners In Sacramento Confuse Plantation Blinds And Plantation Shutters

April 19, 2016

When homeowners in the Sacramento area ask us for a quote, they may mistakenly ask for plantation blinds. But plantation blinds is the wrong term for the window covering they have in mind.

That’s because when people say “plantation blinds”, they actually mean plantation shutters.

Interior shutters are synonymous with the term “plantation”not blinds. And “plantation” describes the style of the window treatment as it relates to the size of the horizontal louvers.

Blinds’ thin horizontal slats are not thick enough or wide enough to be considered “plantation” style.

Some consumers and even blind companies call blinds “plantation,” but that word has been associated with custom interior louvered shutters. Plantation shutters can be mistaken for blinds from a distance. But these two window treatments differ in plenty of ways.

How Plantation Shutters Differ From Blinds

Blinds covering the windows of a modern kitchen
A kitchen window with plantation shutters 

Plantation Shutters Are More Durable Than Blinds

Premium plantation shutters can be made from reclaimed wood, synthetic wood, or hardwood. These materials make for a sturdy window treatment that outlasts blinds by decades. And when the paint on your shutters is infused with UV stabilizers, their color won’t fade.

In contrast to shutters, blinds have a series of cords that hold the slats up. And most have a wand to tilt the slats. These two components, in addition to the thin slats, are susceptible to breaking.

Blinds don’t give you control over temperature and brightness. And they are likely to yellow after years in the sun, which is not the case with 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 the most energy-efficient window treatment in Sacramento. And it’s Polywood®’s exclusive weatherstripping that’s made to help block off airflow. That’s how Polywood is 1600% more energy efficient than an aluminum blind.

When the blind is closed, there’s room on both sides of the blind where air can escape through. Holes are visible where the cords are. And the slats aren’t tight against each other. All these issues make blinds less energy efficient than well-built plantation shutters that close with little to no gaps.

They Highlight The Shape Of Your Window

Another thing to consider is that the only shape blinds come in is rectangular. And when you have windows that are arched, triangular, octagonal, or circular, blinds will hide the shape rather than show it off.

Plantation shutters on the other hand are perfect for specialty-shaped windows. They are custom made to account for every arch, angle, and corner. The finished shutters is a window treatment that operates smoothly. And it will look stunning and makes the window shape pop.

They Give Your Home A Custom Look

You can buy blinds in a variety of finishes, colors, and textures. They can even be motorized or cordless. But no matter what combination you choose, blinds don’t look as custom as shutters do.

Plantation shutters in Sacramento are available in Polywood, Ovation® wood, and reclaimed wood. And there’s over 300,000 ways to customize these window treatments to fit your décor.

Usually, shutters are installed with a frame that accentuates the corners and highlights the shutter panels. These shutters become a fashion statement in and of themselves. And as a permanent feature of your home, they increases its appraisal value.

An example of an exceptional idea for custom window coverings  is to have the shutters built from reclaimed wood. No two shutter louvers - no two shutter panels - have identical marks, holes, or colors. It’s the ultimate custom window treatment you’ve been looking for in the Sacramento area.

Schedule A Consultation Before You Purchase Window Coverings In Sacramento

Doing your research is the first step in selecting the best window treatments. It’s helped you figure out how blinds and plantation shutters are different. So before you buy window coverings, schedule a consultation with one of our team members in Sacramento. We’ll bring samples of products right to your home and guide you in selecting the one that works best for your windows. Even if you call it plantation blinds, we’ll know what you mean. Call us at 916-665-0078 or fill out the form below to get started!