Why Some Homeowners In San Antonio Mistake Plantation Blinds For Plantation Shutters

April 19, 2016

When San Antonio homeowners ask us for a quote, some ask for plantation blinds. They don’t realize that plantation blinds is the wrong term for the window covering they‘re thinking of.

When people say “plantation blinds”, they‘re referring to plantation shutters.

The word “plantation” is synonymous with interior shutters, not blinds. And “plantation” describes the size and style of the horizontal louvers.

Blinds’ thin horizontal 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 interior louvered shutters. Plantation shutters can be mistaken for blinds at a glance. But the differences between these two window treatments are plenty.

How Plantation Shutters Differ From Blinds

Blinds covering the windows of a modern kitchen
A kitchen window with plantation shutters 

Plantation Shutters Are More Durable Than Blinds

Premium plantation shutters can be manufactured from reclaimed wood, synthetic wood, or hardwood. Any of these materials give you a sturdy window treatment that outlasts blinds by decades. And when you buy shutters with UV stabilizer-infused paint, your plantation shutters will not lose their original color.

Unlike shutters, blinds may have a rod to move the slats. And they have a series of cords to hold the slats up. Those two parts, as well as the thin slats, are susceptible to busting.

Blinds don’t give you control over brightness and temperature. And they can yellow after years in the sun, 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’s room on both sides of the blind where air can escape through. Holes are visible where the cords are. And the slats aren’t tight against each other. These issues make blinds less energy efficient in comparison with well-built plantation shutters.

They Accentuate The Shape Of Your Window

Another thing to think about is that a rectangle is the only shape blinds are available in. And if your window are octagonal, circular, arched, or triangular, 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 makes the window shape pop, operates smoothly, and looks stunning.

They Give Your Home A Custom Look

Yes, you can buy 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 Polywood, Ovation® wood, and reclaimed wood. And there’s more than 300,000 ways to customize these window treatments so they match your décor.

Usually, shutters are installed with a frame that highlights the shutter panels and accentuates the corners of the window. 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

Doing your research is the first step in selecting the best window treatments. 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 doorstep and guide you in ordering the one that works best for your windows. Give us a call at 210-876-0377 or fill out the form below to get started!
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