Busting More Plantation Shutter Myths10/10/2017Jacob Hayes We’ve dismantled a few shutter myths before. During our previous myth-debunking binge, we exposed some of the most common misconceptions people have about plantation shutters in Kingsport. Well, the Sunburst Shutters Kingsport pros are back to correct the record on a few more myths we’ve heard from homeowners around TN. Let’s take a look. Myth #1: “Plantation shutters only work in Southern houses.” When some homeowners hear the phrase “plantation shutters,” their minds immediately go to the image of a huge, sprawling southern house surrounded by plains. Though it’s true that the shutters owe their name to that location and time, plantation shutters were seen commonly in homes much earlier and much later than 19th Century Southern America. Plantation shutters probably gained that name because they were commonly found in nearly every home of the time. Because of their immense popularity there–due to their ability to block a huge amount of light and heat, as well as offering great views for those gigantic houses–the name stuck. Nevertheless, plantation shutters can give those exact same benefits to any home, no matter its style or location. Craftsman style houses can use shutters, just as Tudor homes, Cape Cod houses, and even lake houses can. Myth #2: “My house is too eclectic for shutters.” Because plantation shutters have been used in so many houses and for such a long time, some homeowners might think that shutters may look a little boring. We’ve worked with a customer previously who claimed that their home was “too eclectic” for shutters, which was a big head-scratcher–since shutters are likely the one and only window treatment that can complement any style. Interior shutters are adaptable to any style, from stylish lounge to cozy man cave. And don’t forget, shutters have been popular for so long for a reason: they’re always in style. Buy a set of the newest and most fashionable blinds and they’ll likely be passé in just a few seasons. Shutters stay stylish, chic, and fashion-forward year after year, especially when you choose premier Polywood plantation shutters. Myth #3: “Blinds and shutters are pretty much the same.” For some reason, there happens to be a lot of confusion over the difference between shutters and blinds. Maybe it has to do with the confusion between “slats” and “louvers,” or it’s the similarity in shape that causes the confusion. Regardless, blinds and shutters are pretty easy to distinguish when you look at their features. Here’s the basic breakdown of the two. What’s the difference? Blinds Shutters Can they block out the entire window? No Yes Structure Suspended from cord Solid frame mounted on to window jamb How long will they last? Can wear down or fall apart after 2-3 years. Will usually 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 specialty windows? No Yes. What are the adjustable parts called? Slats Louvers Myth #4: “All window treatments offer basically the same energy efficiency.” As the “Blinds vs. Shutters” table above mentions, window treatments can vary tremendously on how much energy efficiency they offer. The shape, material, and finish will all make a difference in how energy efficient a window treatment can be. At the bottom rung of energy efficiency is leaving your window completely bare. Offering only a tiny bit more energy efficiency are your common off the shelf aluminum blinds. Up a little further on the spectrum are drapes and sturdy fabric window coverings. Going further into energy efficient territory we have the majority of wood shutters and cellular shades, made to offer sun-blocking protection and temperature reduction. But the real king of the hill in energy efficiency is Polywood plantation shutters, built to both reflect and block heat from the sun 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 Kingsport today at 276-378-7422 to speak to one of our experts and schedule your complimentary in-home consultation to find your perfect shutter or window treatment today.