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Why Some Homeowners In Indianapolis Mistake Plantation Blinds For Plantation Shutters

April 19, 2016

When Indianapolis homeowners contact us for an estimate, some ask for plantation blinds. They don’t realize that plantation blinds isn’t the right name of the window treatment they have in mind.

What most people refer to as “plantation blinds” are in fact plantation shutters.

The word “plantation” is synonymous with interior shuttersnot blinds. And the word “plantation” refers to 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 be considered “plantation” style.

Even some blind companies call blinds “plantation,” but that term has always been associated with interior louvered shutters. Plantation shutters might look like blinds at a glance. But these two window treatments differ in many ways.

How Plantation Shutters Differ From Blinds

A modern kitchen with blinds
A kitchen window with plantation shutters 

Plantation Shutters Are More Durable Than Blinds

Premium plantation shutters can be manufactured from hardwood, reclaimed wood, or a synthetic wood. Any of these materials result in a sturdy window treatment that outlasts blinds by decades. And when your shutters are painted with UV stabilizers, your plantation shutters will not lose their original color.

In contrast to shutters, blinds may have a wand to move the slats. And they have a series of cords to hold the slats up. Those two elements, as well as the thin slats, are susceptible to busting.

Blinds don’t give you control over temperature and brightness. And they are likely to 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 wood and synthetic wood louvers, are known to be the most energy-efficient window treatment in Indianapolis. But it’s Polywood®’s exclusive weatherstripping that’s engineered to help insulate against airflow. That’s how Polywood insulates 1600% better than an aluminum blind.

When you close a blind, 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. All these problems make blinds less energy efficient in comparison with well-built plantation shutters that close with minimal gaps.

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 circular, arched, triangular, or octagonal, blinds will cover up the shape rather than highlight it.

Plantation shutters on the other hand are perfect for specialty-shaped windows. They are custom built to every arch, angle, and corner. The completed product is a functional window treatment that looks stunning and makes the window shape pop.

They Give Your House A Custom Look

You can get blinds in a selection of colors, textures, and finishes. They can even be motorized and cordless. But no matter what combination you pick, blinds don’t look as custom as shutters do.

Plantation shutters in Indianapolis 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.

Shutters are usually mounted with a frame that highlights the shutter panels and accentuates the corners. The interior shutters make 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 for custom window coverings  is to have the shutters made from reclaimed wood. No two shutter panels - no two shutter louvers - have similar holes, colors, or marks. It’s the ultimate custom window treatment you can find in the Indianapolis area.

Schedule A Consultation Before You Purchase Window Treatments In Indianapolis

Doing your research is the first step in picking the best window treatments. It’s helped you figure out how blinds and plantation shutters are different. So before you buy window treatments, schedule a consultation with one of our team members in Indianapolis. We’ll bring samples of products right to your home and help you in choosing the one that works best for your windows. Call us at 317-558-9066 or fill out the form below to get started!