Debunking More Shutter Myths10/10/2017Tyler Jorgensen Our San Antonio shutter team has busted a few shutter myths in the past. On our previous myth-debunking spree, we exposed some of the most common misunderstandings people have about plantation shutters in San Antonio. This time, the Sunburst Shutters San Antonio experts are back to set the record straight on a few more myths we’ve been hearing from homeowners in and around TX. Let’s take a look. Myth: “Plantation shutters only look good in Southern homes.” When some people hear the term “plantation shutters,” they stick to the image of a giant, sprawling southern mansion surrounded by hills. Although it’s true that the shutters are named for that particular place and time, plantation shutters in fact had huge popularity much earlier and much later than 19th Century Southern America. Plantation shutters probably picked up their name because they were in just about every house in the south at the time. Because of their huge popularity there–with their ability to keep homes cool during hot summers, and offering fantastic views for those huge houses–the name stuck. Nevertheless, plantation shutters offer those very same features to any style of home. Craftsman style houses can utilize shutters, just like Colonial homes, Mid-Century Modern houses, and even beach houses can. Myth: “My home‘s style won’t work with shutters.” Because plantation shutters have been so popular for so long, some people might think that shutters can seem somewhat boring. We’ve worked with a customer previously who claimed that their house was “too eclectic” to use shutters, which was a tad confusing–since shutters are probably the only window treatment that can complement any style. Interior shutters are versatile and can work with any type of design, from modern parlor 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. Buy a set of the latest and trendiest curtains and they’ll likely be out of fashion in 18 months. Shutters stay beautifully in fashion year after year, especially when you choose premium Polywood plantation shutters. Myth: “Blinds and shutters are basically the same thing.” For some reason, there’s a lot of confusion over the difference between blinds and shutters. Perhaps it has to do with the confusion between “louvers” and “slats,” or it’s the similarity in shape that causes the confusion. Either way, blinds and shutters really couldn’t be further apart on the window treatment spectrum. Below is a basic breakdown of the battle between shutters and blinds. What’s the difference? Blinds Shutters Can they block out the entire window? No Yes Structure Dangles from cord Solid frame mounted on to window frame Lifespan Usually wear down or deteriorate after 2-3 years. Can usually 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 unique shape windows? No Yes. What are the adjustable parts called? Slats Louvers Myth: “All window coverings are about the same in energy efficiency.” Like the “Blinds vs. Shutters” table above mentions, window treatments can vary by a wide margin on how energy efficient they are. The shape, material, and construction can all play a huge part in how energy efficient a window treatment can be. On the lowest end of the spectrum you have no window treatment whatsoever. Offering just a little more energy efficiency are your common retail aluminum blinds. Up a little further on the spectrum are draperies and heavier fabric window coverings. Going further into energy efficient territory are most wood shutters and honeycomb shades, made to offer sun-blocking protection and heat reduction. But at the very top of the mountain are Polywood plantation shutters, designed to both reflect and block thermal heat from passing into your home. No More Shutter Myths If you feel like you’re swimming in a sea of half truths about window treatments, we can toss you a lifeline. Call Sunburst Shutters San Antonio today at 210-876-0377 to speak to one of our experts and set up a complimentary in-home consultation to find your perfect shutter or window treatment today.