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Plantation Shutter Myths: The Truth

October 10, 2017

Sunburst Shutters Detroit has debunked some shutter myths previously. On our previous myth-debunking binge, we exposed some of the most common misunderstandings homeowners have about interior shutters in Detroit.

Well, the Sunburst Shutters Detroit team is back to correct the record on a few more myths we’ve been hearing from shutter-buyers in and around Michican. Let’s jump right in.

Myth #1: “Plantation Shutters Are For Southern Houses.”

When some homeowners hear the term “plantation shutters,” they stick to the image of a giant, elegant southern mansion surrounded by hills. Though it’s true that they are named for that particular place and time, plantation shutters in fact had huge popularity way before and way after the Antebellum South.

Detroit pink living room with shutters 
Plantation shutters almost definitely picked up that name because they were in just about every house in the south of the time. Because of their immense popularity in the south–due to their ability to keep homes cool during hot summers, and offering fantastic views for those sprawling houses–the name stayed.

Nevertheless, plantation shutters can give those exact same perks to any home, no matter its style or location. Craftsman style homes can utilize shutters, just like Victorian homes, Mid-Century Modern houses, and even beach houses can.

Myth#2: “My Home Style Won’t Work With Shutters Is Too Distinct For Shutters.”

Because plantation shutters saw so much use over time, some people might think that shutters can seem a little stale. We’ve heard a customer say before that their space was “too eclectic” for shutters, which was a tad confusing–since shutters are probably the only window treatment that can match any style. 

Detroit man cave with shutters
Shutters are versatile and can work with any type of design, from chic parlor to relaxed man cave. And remember, there’s a reason shutters are still chosen all these years later: they’re always in style. Buy a set of the latest and most fashionable blinds and they’ll look passé in 18 months. Shutters stay beautifully in fashion for decades, especially when you get premium Polywood plantation shutters.

Myth #3: “Shutters And Blinds Are Pretty Much The Same Thing.”

For some reason, there happens to be a lot of confusion over the difference between blinds and shutters. Perhaps it has to do with the confusion between “louvers” and “slats,” or perhaps the similar basic shape causes it. No matter the reason, blinds and shutters are pretty easy to distinguish when you look at their features. Here’s the basic breakdown of both.

What’s the difference?



Are able to block out whole window134




Hangs from cord

Solid frame attached to window frame


Can wear down or deteriorate after 2-3 years.

Can easily last 20+ years.

Permanent or temporary?



Adds to value of the home?



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 the same in energy efficiency.”

As the “Blinds vs. Shutters” table above mentions, window coverings can vary tremendously on how much energy efficiency they offer. The structure, material, and finish can all have a big impact in how energy efficient a window treatment can be.

Offering no benefits in energy efficiency is a bare window without a covering. Offering just a tad more energy efficiency are your common off the shelf mini blinds. More energy efficient than those are draperies and sturdy fabric window coverings. Getting into somewhat noticeable territory are the majority of wood shutters and cellular shades, made to offer thermal protection and temperature reduction. But at the very top of the mountain are Polywood plantation shutters, made to both reflect and block outside temperature from moving through your window.

No More Shutter Myths

If you feel as if you’re swimming in a sea of misinformation when it comes to window treatments, we want to toss you a lifeline. Call Sunburst Shutters Detroit today at 248-429-9294 to speak to one of our pros and schedule your free in-home consultation to find your perfect shutter or window treatment today.