Debunking More Shutter Myths10/10/2017Eric Ramsey Sunburst Shutters Gainesville has busted some shutter myths before. On our last myth-busting trip, we exposed a few common misunderstandings homeowners have about plantation shutters in Gainesville. Well, the Sunburst Shutters Gainesville pros are back to set the record straight on a couple more myths we’ve heard from homeowners around FL. Let’s get started. Myth: “Plantation shutters don’t look good in anything except Southern homes.” When some people hear the term “plantation shutters,” they typically conjure the image of a giant, sprawling southern house surrounded by plains. Although it’s true that they owe their name to that location and time, plantation shutters in fact had huge popularity much earlier and much later than the Antebellum South. Plantation shutters almost definitely picked up that name because they were commonly found in nearly every home at the time. Because of their immense popularity in the south–with their ability to keep homes cool during hot summers, and offering fantastic views for those huge houses–the name stayed. However, plantation shutters offer those exact same features to any home, no matter its style or location. Craftsman homes can use shutters, just as Tudor homes, Prairie houses, and even cottage houses can. Myth: “My house‘s style won’t work with shutters.” Because plantation shutters saw so much use over time, some people may have gotten the impression that shutters may seem a little boring. A previous customer once told us that they thought that their space was “too distinct” for shutters, which was a big head-scratcher–since shutters are likely the one and only window treatment that can mesh with any style. Interior shutters are adaptable to any fashion, from modern lounge to fun man cave. And remember, there’s a reason shutters are still chosen all these years later: they’re always in style. Put in a set of the latest and most fashionable shades and they’ll look out of fashion in a year or two. Shutters stay stylish, chic, and fashion-forward year after year, especially when you install premium Polywood plantation shutters. Myth: “Shutters and blinds are just about the same.” For some reason, there happens to be some confusion over the difference between shutters and blinds. It might have to do with the confusion between “slats” and “louvers,” or maybe there’s confusion because of their somewhat similar shapes. Regardless, shutters and blinds are pretty easy to distinguish when you look at their features. Below is a basic breakdown of the battle of blinds vs. shutters. The difference Blinds Shutters Can block out whole window134 No Yes Structure Hangs from cord Solid frame attached136 to window frame How long will they last? Can wear down or fall apart after 2-3 years. Will easily last 20+ years. Permanent or temporary? Temporary Permanent Increases home value 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 treatments are about the same in energy efficiency.” Like the “Blinds vs. Shutters” table above mentions, window coverings can differ by a wide margin on how energy efficient they are. The structure, material, and construction can all play a huge part in how much energy efficiency a window treatment offers. On the lowest end of the spectrum you have no window treatment whatsoever. Offering only a tiny bit more energy efficiency are your everyday retail mini blinds. Up a little further on the spectrum are draperies and heavier fabric window treatments. Getting into somewhat noticeable territory are typical wood shutters and cellular shades, made to offer UV protection and temperature reduction. But far beyond all of these are Polywood plantation shutters, constructed to both reflect and block outside temperature from passing into your home. No More Shutter Myths If you feel as if you’re drowning in an ocean of misinformation about window treatments, we want to toss you a lifeline. Call Sunburst Shutters Gainesville today at 813-602-5966 to speak to one of our pros and set up a free in-home consultation to find your perfect shutter or window treatment today.