Exposing More Interior Shutter Myths

Matt Thelander

We’ve dismantled some shutter myths in the past. On our previous myth-debunking spree, we exposed a few common misunderstandings people have regarding interior shutters in Salt Lake City.

This time, the Sunburst Shutters Salt Lake City experts are back to set it straight on a few more myths we’ve heard from shutter-buyers around Utah. Let’s get started.

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

When some people see the words “plantation shutters,” they stick to the image of a giant, sprawling southern house surrounded by fields. While it’s true that they owe their name to that location and time, plantation shutters were seen commonly in homes way before and way after the Antebellum South.

Salt Lake City pink living room with shutters 
Plantation shutters probably gained that name because they were in just about every house in the south back then. Because of their huge popularity there–due to their ability to protect the home interior from intense heat, as well as offering excellent views for those gigantic houses–the name stayed.

However, plantation shutters offer those very same perks to any style of home. Craftsman homes can utilize shutters, just like Tudor homes, Cape Cod houses, and even lake houses can.

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

Because plantation shutters saw so much use over time, some people might think that shutters might look somewhat boring. A previous customer once told us that they thought that their house was “too eclectic” for shutters, which was a big head-scratcher–since shutters are likely the one and only window treatment that can accentuate any style.

Salt Lake City man cave with shutters
 
Interior shutters are versatile and can work with any style, from stylish parlor to cozy man cave. And don’t forget, there’s a reason shutters are still chosen all these years later: they’re always in style. Buy a set of the newest and trendiest blinds and they’ll look outdated in a year or two. Shutters stay stylish, chic, and fashion-forward for years and years, especially when you install high quality Polywood plantation shutters.
 

Myth: “Blinds and shutters are pretty much the same thing.”

For some reason, there happens to be a lot of confusion over the difference between shutters and blinds. Perhaps it has to do with people confusing “slats” and “louvers,” or maybe there’s confusion because of their somewhat similar shapes. No matter the reason, shutters and blinds are pretty easy to distinguish when you look at their features. Here’s the basic breakdown of the battle of blinds vs. shutters.


The difference

Blinds

Shutters

Can block out whole window134

No

Yes

Structure

Dangles from cord

Solid frame attached136 to window frame

Lifespan

Will wear down or fall apart after 2-3 years.

Will easily last 20+ years.

Permanent or temporary?

Temporary

Permanent

Adds to value of the home?

No

Yes

Energy Efficiency

Minimal

Can block up to 50% of heat from the sun.

Can they fit specialty windows?

No

Yes.

What are the horizontal parts called?

Slats

Louvers

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

As the “Blinds vs. Shutters” table shows, window coverings can differ by a wide margin on how energy efficient they are. The structure, material, and construction can all make a difference in how energy efficient a window treatment is.

On the lowest end of the spectrum you have no window treatment whatsoever. Offering just a little more energy efficiency are your typical retail aluminum blinds. Up a little further on the spectrum are draperies and heavier fabric window treatments. Going further into energy efficient territory we have the majority of wood shutters and honeycomb shades, made to offer sun-blocking protection and heat reduction. But far beyond all of these are Polywood plantation shutters, constructed to both reflect and block thermal heat from moving through your window.

No More Shutter Myths

If you feel like you’re drowning in an ocean of misinformation regarding window treatments, we can throw you a lifeline. Call Sunburst Shutters Salt Lake City today at 801-515-3598 to speak to one of our pros and set up your free in-home consultation to find your perfect shutter or window treatment today.