Why Some Homeowners In Oklahoma City Mistake Plantation Blinds For Plantation Shutters04/19/2016Tyler Jorgensen When Oklahoma City homeowners ask us for a quote, they might accidentally ask for plantation blinds. They don’t realize that plantation blinds is the wrong term for the window treatment they have in mind. That’s because what most people refer to as “plantation blinds” are actually plantation shutters. “Plantation” is commonly associated with interior shutters. That’s not the case with blinds. And the term “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. Even some blind companies call blinds “plantation,” although that term has been associated with custom interior louvered shutters. Plantation shutters might look like blinds from a distance. But these two window treatments differ in numerous ways. How Plantation Shutters Differ From Blinds Plantation Shutters Last Longer Than Blinds Premium plantation shutters can be manufactured from hardwood, reclaimed wood, or a synthetic wood. Any of these materials give you 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. In contrast to shutters, blinds have a series of cords that hold the slats up. And most have a rod to adjust the slats. These two components, in addition to the thin slats, are notorious for breaking. Blinds don’t give you control over temperature and light. And they are likely to yellow over extended periods of sun exposure, which is not the case with quality shutters. They’re Highly Energy Efficient Energy efficiency starts with the material a window treatment is made from. Plantation shutters, with their wood and synthetic wood louvers, are known to be the most energy efficient window treatment in Oklahoma City. And it’s Polywood®’s exclusive weatherstripping that’s made to help restrict airflow. That’s how Polywood is 1600% more energy efficient than an aluminum blind. When the blind is closed, the slats aren’t tight against each other. There’s space on both sides of the blind where air can flow. And holes are visible where the cords are. These issues make blinds less energy efficient than quality plantation shutters that close with little to no gaps. They Highlight The Shape Of Your Window Another thing to think about is that the only shape blinds are available in is rectangular. And when you have windows that are triangular, octagonal, circular, or arched, blinds will hide the shape rather than show it off. Plantation shutters however are perfect for specialty shaped windows. They are custom made to account for every arch, angle, and corner. The finished shutters is a functional window treatment that looks stunning and makes the window shape pop. They Give Your Home A Custom Look Yes, you can order blinds in a wide variety of finishes, colors, and textures. They can even be cordless and motorized. But no matter what combination you pick, blinds don’t look as custom as shutters do. Plantation shutters in Oklahoma City come in Polywood, Ovation® wood, and reclaimed wood. And there’s 300,000+ combinations of custom options of these window treatments to fit your personal taste. Shutters are usually mounted with a frame that highlights the shutter panels and accentuates the corners. The plantation shutters make a fashion statement in and of themselves. And as a permanent fixture, they adds to your home’s appraisal value. One example of an unique way for custom window treatments isshutters made from reclaimed wood. No two shutter panels - no two shutter louvers - have similar marks, holes, or colors. It’s the ultimate custom window treatment in the Oklahoma City area. Schedule A Consultation Before You Buy Window Coverings In Oklahoma City Doing your research is the first step in choosing the best window treatments. That’s how you figured out the differences between blinds and plantation shutters. So before you buy window coverings, set up a consultation with one of our team members in Oklahoma City. We’ll bring product samples right to your doorstep and guide you in choosing the one that works best for your windows. Even if you call it plantation blinds, we’ll know what you mean. Call us at 405-300-4664 or fill out the form below to get started!