Debunking More Shutter Myths

George Christ

We’ve debunked some shutter myths previously. During our previous myth-busting binge, we exposed a few common misunderstandings homeowners have regarding plantation shutters in Minneapolis.

Well, the Sunburst Shutters Minneapolis pros are back to set it straight on a couple more myths we’ve been hearing from shutter-buyers in and around MN. Let’s jump right in.

Myth: “Plantation shutters are for Southern houses.”

When some homeowners hear the name “plantation shutters,” their minds typically conjure the image of a huge, sprawling southern mansion surrounded by plains. Although it’s true that they 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.

Minneapolis pink living room with shutters 
Plantation shutters probably picked up their name because they were so ubiquitous in southern homes of the time. Because of their huge popularity in the south–due to their ability to block a huge amount of light and heat, and offering fantastic views for those huge houses–the name just stuck.

Nevertheless, plantation shutters can give those same perks to any style of home. Craftsman homes can use shutters, just like Colonial homes, Cape Cod houses, and even lake houses can.

Myth: “My house‘s style won’t work with shutters.”

Because plantation shutters have been used in so many houses and for such a long time, some homeowners might think that shutters may seem somewhat stale. We’ve worked with a customer previously who claimed that their space was “too eclectic” to use shutters, which was a tad confusing–since shutters are probably the only window treatment that can complement any style.

Minneapolis man cave with shutters
Interior shutters are adaptable to any fashion, from chic living room to fun man cave. And remember, there’s a reason shutters are still chosen all these years later: they don’t go out of style. Put in a set of the newest and most fashionable curtains and they’ll look dated in 18 months. Shutters stay stylish, chic, and fashion-forward for decades, especially when you choose premium Polywood plantation shutters.

Myth: “Shutters and blinds are basically the same.”

For some reason, there seems to be a lot of confusion over the difference between blinds and shutters. Maybe it has to do with people confusing “slats” and “louvers,” or it’s the similarity in shape that causes the confusion. No matter the reason, blinds and shutters really couldn’t be further apart on the window treatment spectrum. Below is a basic breakdown of both.

What’s the difference?



Can block out whole window134




Suspended from cord

Solid frame attached136 to window jamb


Usually wear down or deteriorate after 2-3 years.

Will usually last 20+ years.

Permanent or temporary?



Increases home value



Energy Efficiency


Can block up to 50% of heat from the sun.

Specialty Windows

Can only fit rectangular windows.

Can fit any specialty shape windows.

What are the horizontal parts called?



Myth: “All window coverings are basically identical in energy efficiency.”

As the “Blinds vs. Shutters” table illustrated, window coverings can differ by a wide margin on how energy efficient they are. The structure, material, and finish will all make a difference in how much energy efficiency a window treatment offers.

Offering no benefits in energy efficiency is a bare window without a covering. Offering just a little more energy efficiency are your everyday off the shelf aluminum blinds. Up a little further on the spectrum are draperies and sturdy fabric window treatments. Getting into somewhat noticeable territory are typical wood shutters and honeycomb shades, made to offer thermal protection and heat reduction. But the real king of the hill in energy efficiency is Polywood plantation shutters, built to both reflect and block sunlight and outside heat from moving through your window.

No More Shutter Myths

If you feel as if you’re drowning in an ocean of misinformation regarding shutters, we can toss you a lifeline. Call Sunburst Shutters Minneapolis today at 952-856-8130 to talk to one of our pros and set up your complimentary in-home consultation to find your perfect shutter or window treatment today.