Blinds vs Shutters: The Ultimate Comparison Between Blinds and Shutters Given the choice between blinds and shutters, which window treatment is the right solution for your Gainesville home? We recommend you compare them! Blinds are a traditional window treatment that have been covering windows in Gainesville for as long as memory serves. And shutters are a modern window treatment that has burst into popularity in the past 20 years. Let’s take a look at how these two window treatment veterans fare on durability, energy efficiency, cleaning, special window shapes, and home resale value. Styles Blinds are available in metal, hardwood, faux wood, and vertical styles. With over 300 colors and textures to select from, blinds give you the chance to match your window treatments to your style –right down to the pattern. Plantation shutters are available in Polywood® and Ovation® wood. We supply Polywood in three premium white paint colors – and a custom paint color program for tints of beige, yellow, and grey. Ovation wood shutters come in 28 wood stains and 11 paint colors. Durability When properly maintained, blinds last an average of 5 years. However, shutters can last more than 50 years. Energy Efficiency When closed, the thin slats on blinds don’t have much effect on blocking airflow and heat from outside. But shutters, with their thick louvers and tailored mounting, seal off the effects of the external climate. Actually, Polywood plantation shutters insulate up to 70% better than comparable traditional wood shutters – and 1600% better than aluminum blinds! Cleaning Dusting the thin slats of blinds can be cumbersome – especially with the cords that run through from top to bottom. When plantation shutters are set up with a hidden or rear-mount tilt rod, just tilt the large louvers back with your hand and wipe the louvers, unobstructed. Special Window Shapes Traditional blinds can only be mounted on rectangular-shaped windows, not arched, circular, octagonal, or triangular windows. And blinds would only hide the charming window you fell in love with when you bought the house, anyway. Shutters, conversely, can be custom-fashioned to fit your windows precisely, regardless of their shape, letting you have access to the view and control over privacy – while complementing your specialty-shaped windows’ charm. Home Resale Value When your home is assessed for resale, all the permanent fixtures are considered. Blinds can be moved from one house to another, however shutters are custom-crafted and become part of your windows and home. In fact, they boost the value of your home not only by being a permanent asset, but also by being an energy-efficient one! We highlighted the differences between blinds and shutters in this table for you. Selecting between the two window treatments is based on your style, your windows, and your budget. Blinds Shutters Styles Metal, Hardwood, Faux Wood, Vertical Polywood and Ovation Wood Durability Last about 5 years Last 50+ years Energy Efficiency Minimum Maximum Cleaning Difficult Easy Special Window Shapes N/A Customizable to fit any window shape Home Resale Value No effect Increases home resale value Between Blinds and Shutters, Which Is the Ideal Solution for You? It all depends on you and your taste. And, when you’ve picked one, we’ll be here to guide you through the process of designing them for your windows. Call us at 813-602-5966 or fill out the form below to schedule your free in-home consultation today!