Why Some Homeowners In Gainesville Confuse Plantation Blinds And Plantation Shutters04/19/2016Eric Ramsey When homeowners in the Gainesville area contact us for an estimate, they might accidentally ask for plantation blinds. They don’t realize that plantation blinds isn’t the right name of the window treatment they have in mind. That’s because when people say “plantation blinds”, they actually mean plantation shutters. “Plantation” is used interchangeably with interior shutters. Blinds aren’t. And the word “plantation” refers to the size and style of the horizontal louvers. Blinds’ thin horizontal slats are not thick enough or wide enough to be considered “plantation” style. Even some blind companies call blinds “plantation,” although that word has always been associated with custom interior louvered shutters. Plantation style shutters might look like blinds from a distance. But the differences between these two window treatments are numerous. How Plantation Shutters Are Different 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 lasts for many more years than a blind. And when you order shutters with UV stabilizer-infused paint, your plantation shutters don’t lose their original color. Unlike shutters, blinds have a series of cords that hold the slats up. And most have a rod to adjust the slats. Those two components, as well as the thin slats, are susceptible to breaking. Blinds are also ineffective at giving you control over light and temperature. And they tend to yellow over extended periods of sun exposure, unlike quality shutters. They’re Highly Energy Efficient Energy efficiency starts with the material a window treatment is made from. Plantation shutters, with their wood and synthetic wood louvers, are the most energy efficient window treatment in Gainesville. But it’s the exclusive weatherstripping on Polywood® shutters that’s made to help insulate against airflow. That’s how Polywood is 1600% more energy efficient than an aluminum blind. When you close a blind, the slats aren’t tight against each other. There’s room on both sides of the blind where air can escape through. And there are holes where the cords are. These problems make blinds less energy efficient than well-built plantation shutters that close with little to no gaps. They Accentuate The Shape Of Your Window Another thing to consider is that the only shape blinds come in is rectangular. And when you have windows that are arched, triangular, octagonal, or circular, blinds will cover up the shape rather than show it off. Plantation shutters on the other hand are ideal for specialty shaped windows. They are custom built to account for every arch, angle, and corner. The completed shutters is a functional window treatment that looks beautiful and makes the window shape pop. They Give Your Home A Custom Look Yes, you can order blinds in a selection of finishes, colors, and textures. They can even be cordless and motorized. But no matter how you mix and match their options, blinds don’t have the custom look that shutters have. Plantation shutters in Gainesville come in Ovation® wood, reclaimed wood, and Polywood. And there’s over 300,000 ways to customize these window treatments to fit your style. Usually, shutters are mounted with a frame that highlights the shutter panels and accentuates the corners of the window. The interior shutters become a fashion statement in and of themselves. And as a permanent fixture, they increase your home’s appraisal value. An example of an exceptional idea to customize your window coverings is plantationshutters built from reclaimed wood. No two shutter panels - no two shutter louvers - have similar colors, marks, or holes. It’s the ultimate custom window treatment you can find in the Gainesville area. Schedule A Consultation Before You Purchase Window Treatments In Gainesville 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 purchase window treatments, set up a consultation with one of our professionals in Gainesville. We’ll bring product samples right to your doorstep and guide you in ordering the one that works best for your windows. Call us at 813-602-5966 or fill out the form below to get started!