Debunking More Plantation Shutter Myths

Tyler Jorgensen

We’ve dismantled a few shutter myths in the past. During our last myth-busting spree, we looked at a few common misunderstandings homeowners have about plantation shutters in Oklahoma City.

Well, the Sunburst Shutters Oklahoma City experts are back to set it straight on a couple more myths we’ve been hearing from homeowners around OK. Let’s jump right in.

Myth: “Plantation shutters don’t look good in anything except Southern houses.”

When some homeowners hear the phrase “plantation shutters,” their minds stick to the image of a giant, sprawling southern house surrounded by plains. While it’s true that the shutters are named for that particular place and time, plantation shutters enjoyed a lot of popularity much earlier and much later than 19th Century Southern America.

Oklahoma City pink living room with shutters 
Plantation shutters probably gained that name because they were commonly found in nearly every home at the time. Because of their immense popularity there–with their ability to protect the home interior from intense heat, and offering fantastic views for those huge houses–the name stayed.

However, plantation shutters can give those same perks to any home, no matter its style or location. Craftsman houses can utilize shutters, just like Victorian homes, Mid-Century Modern houses, and even lake houses can.

Myth: “My home‘s style won’t work with shutters.”

Because plantation shutters have been so popular for so long, some homeowners might think that shutters can look somewhat stale. A previous customer once told us that they thought that their home was “too distinct” to install shutters, which was a tad confusing–since shutters are likely the one and only window treatment that can complement any style.

Oklahoma City man cave with shutters
 
Shutters are adaptable to any style, from stylish living room to relaxed man cave. And don’t forget, shutters are still used to this day for a reason: they just don’t go out of style. Get a set of the latest and trendiest shades and they’ll likely be outdated in a year or two. Shutters stay stylish, chic, and fashion-forward year after year, especially when you choose premium Polywood plantation shutters.
 

Myth: “Shutters and blinds are basically the same.”

For some reason, there happens to be some confusion over the difference between blinds and shutters. Perhaps it has to do with the confusion between “slats” and “louvers,” or maybe there’s confusion because of their somewhat similar shapes. Either way, blinds and shutters couldn’t be more different. Here’s the basic breakdown of both.


What’s the difference?

Blinds

Shutters

Can they block out the entire window?

No

Yes

Structure

Hangs from cord

Solid frame mounted on to window jamb

Lifespan

Can wear down or deteriorate after 2-3 years.

Can 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 adjustable parts called?

Slats

Louvers

Myth: “All window coverings offer about the same energy efficiency.”

As the “Blinds vs. Shutters” table above mentions, window coverings can vary by a wide margin on how energy efficient they are. The shape, material, and construction can all have a big impact in how energy efficient a window treatment is.

At the bottom rung of energy efficiency is leaving your window completely bare. Offering just a tad more energy efficiency are your typical department store mini blinds. Up a little further on the spectrum are drapes and heavier fabric window coverings. Going further into energy efficient territory are the majority of wood shutters and honeycomb shades, made to offer UV protection and heat reduction. But the real king of the hill in energy efficiency is Polywood plantation shutters, made to both reflect and block heat from the sun from moving through your window.

No More Shutter Myths

If you feel like you’re drowning in an ocean of misinformation when it comes to shutters, we can throw you a lifeline. Call Sunburst Shutters Oklahoma City today at 405-300-4664 to talk to one of our experts and schedule your free in-home consultation to find your perfect shutter or window treatment today.