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Why Some Homeowners In Minneapolis Confuse Plantation Blinds And Plantation Shutters

April 19, 2016

When homeowners in the Minneapolis area give us a call for a quote, they might accidentally ask for plantation blinds. They don’t realize that plantation blinds isn’t the right name of the window covering they have in mind.

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

“Plantation” is commonly associated with interior shutters. Blinds aren’t. And “plantation” describes the style of the window treatment as it relates to the size of the horizontal louvers.

Blinds’ thin horizontal slats are not thick enough or wide enough to be “plantation” style.

Even some blind companies call blinds “plantation,” although that term has been associated with interior louvered shutters. Plantation shutters might be mistaken for blinds from a distance. But these two window treatments differ in numerous ways.

How Plantation Shutters Differ From Blinds

A modern kitchen with blinds
Plantation shutters covering a kitchen window 

Plantation Shutters Last Longer Than Blinds

Premium plantation shutters can be built from synthetic wood, hardwood, or reclaimed wood. Any of these materials result in a sturdy window treatment that lasts for many more years than a blind. And when your shutters are painted with UV stabilizers, your plantation shutters don’t lose their original color.

Unlike shutters, blinds may have a wand to tilt the slats. And they have a series of cords to hold the slats up. Those two elements, as well as the thin slats, are notorious for busting.

Blinds are also ineffective at giving you control over brightness and temperature. And they can 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 synthetic wood and wood louvers, are known to be the most energy-efficient window treatment in Minneapolis. And it’s the exclusive weatherstripping on Polywood® shutters that’s engineered to help restrict 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 flow. There are holes where the cords are. And the slats aren’t tight against each other. These issues make blinds less energy efficient in comparison with quality plantation shutters.

They Highlight The Shape Of Your Window

Another thing to keep in mind is that the only shape blinds are available in is rectangular. And when you have windows that are triangular, octagonal, circular, or arched, blinds will hide the shape rather than highlight it.

Plantation shutters however are ideal for specialty-shaped windows. They are custom built to every arch, angle, and corner. The finished product is a window treatment that looks stunning, makes the window shape pop, and operates smoothly.

They Give Your House A Custom Look

Yes, you can order blinds in an array of colors, textures, and finishes. They can even be cordless and motorized. But however you mix and match their options, blinds don’t look as custom as shutters do.

Plantation shutters in Minneapolis are available in Ovation® wood, reclaimed wood, and Polywood. And there’s more than 300,000 combinations of custom options of these window treatments to fit your personal taste.

Shutters are usually mounted with a frame that highlights the shutter panels and accentuates the corners of the window. These plantation shutters make a fashion statement that wows. And they become a permanent feature that increases your home’s appraisal value.

One example of an unique way for custom window treatments is plantationshutters made from reclaimed wood. No two shutter louvers - no two shutter panels - have similar holes, colors, or marks. It’s the ultimate custom window treatment in the Minneapolis area.

Schedule A Consultation Before You Purchase Window Treatments In Minneapolis

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 order window coverings, set up a consultation with one of our experts in Minneapolis. We’ll bring product samples right to your house and help you in picking the one that works best for your windows. Call 952-856-8130 or fill out the form below to get started!