Why Some Homeowners In San Antonio Mistake Plantation Blinds For Plantation Shutters04/19/2016Antonio Meza When homeowners in the San Antonio area ask us for a quote, they might accidentally ask for plantation blinds. However plantation blinds is the wrong term for the window covering they want. That’s because what most people refer to as “plantation blinds” are in fact plantation shutters. Interior shutters are synonymous with the term “plantation”, not blinds. And “plantation” describes the size and style of the horizontal louvers. Blinds have thin horizontal slats that are usually called slats. But these slats are not wide enough or thick enough to pass for “plantation” style. Even some blind companies call blinds “plantation,” although that term has always been associated with custom interior shutters. Plantation shutters might be mistaken for blinds at a glance. But these two window treatments differ in plenty of ways. How Plantation Shutters Differ From Blinds Plantation Shutters Are More Durable Than Blinds Premium plantation shutters can be built from reclaimed wood, synthetic wood, or hardwood. Any of these materials give you a sturdy window treatment that outlasts blinds by decades. And when the paint on your shutters is infused with UV stabilizers, your plantation shutters will not lose their original color. Unlike shutters, blinds have a series of cords that hold the slats up. And most have a rod to move the slats. Those two elements, as well as the thin slats, are susceptible to busting. Blinds don’t give you control over brightness and temperature. And they can 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 synthetic wood and wood louvers, are the most energy efficient window treatment in San Antonio. But it’s Polywood®’s exclusive weatherstripping that’s engineered to help seal off airflow. That’s how Polywood insulates 1600% better than an aluminum blind. When the blind is closed, there are holes where the cords are. The slats aren’t tight against each other. And there’s space on both sides of the blind where air can flow. These issues make blinds less energy efficient in comparison with well-built plantation shutters that close with little to no gaps. They Accentuate The Shape Of Your Window Another thing to consider is that a rectangle is the only shape blinds are available in. And if your window are arched, triangular, octagonal, or circular, blinds will cover up the shape rather than show it off. Plantation shutters however are perfect for specialty shaped windows. They are custom made to every corner, arch, and angle. The completed 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 Yes, you can order blinds in a wide variety of finishes, colors, and textures. They can even be motorized and cordless. But however you mix and match their options, blinds don’t have the custom look that shutters have. Plantation shutters in San Antonio are available in Ovation® wood, reclaimed wood, and Polywood. And there’s 300,000+ ways to customize these window treatments so they match your personal taste. Usually, shutters are installed with a frame that accentuates the corners of the window and highlights the shutter panels. These interior shutters make a fashion statement in and of themselves. And they become a permanent feature that adds to your home’s appraisal value. One example of an unique way for custom window treatments is plantationshutters built from reclaimed wood. No two shutter panels - no two shutter louvers - have identical holes, colors, or marks. It’s the ultimate custom window treatment you’ve been looking for in the San Antonio area. Schedule A Consultation Before You Buy Window Treatments In San Antonio The first step in selecting the best window treatments is doing your research. That’s how you figured out the differences between blinds and plantation shutters. So before you buy window treatments, set up a consultation with one of our professionals in San Antonio. We’ll bring samples of products right to your house and help you in ordering the one that works best for your windows. Even if you call it plantation blinds, we’ll know what you mean. Give us a call at 210-876-0377 or fill out the form below to get started!