Why Some Homeowners In Detroit Mistake Plantation Blinds For Plantation Shutters04/19/2016Steve Hill When homeowners in the Detroit area call us for an estimate, they may mistakenly ask for plantation blinds. They don’t realize that plantation blinds isn’t the right name of the window treatment they want. That’s because what most people refer to as “plantation blinds” are actually plantation shutters. Interior shutters are synonymous with the term “plantation”, not blinds. And the term “plantation” describes the size and style of the horizontal louvers. Blinds’ thin horizontal slats are not thick enough or wide enough to be “plantation” style. Some consumers and even blind companies call blinds “plantation,” but that word has always been associated with custom interior shutters. Plantation shutters can be mistaken for blinds from a distance. But these two window treatments differ in numerous ways. How Plantation Shutters Differ From Blinds Plantation Shutters Last Longer Than Blinds Premium plantation shutters can be built from hardwood, reclaimed wood, or a synthetic wood. Any of these materials make for a sturdy window treatment that outlasts blinds by decades. And when the paint on your shutters is infused with UV stabilizers, your plantation shutters will not lose their original color. Unlike shutters, blinds have a series of cords that hold the slats up. And most have a wand to move the slats. Those two elements, in addition to the thin slats, are susceptible to breaking. Blinds are also ineffective at giving you control over light and temperature. And they can yellow over extended periods of sun exposure, which is not the case with quality shutters. They’re Highly Energy Efficient The material a window treatment is made from greatly affects its energy efficiency. Plantation shutters, with their synthetic wood and wood louvers, are known to be the most energy efficient window treatment in Detroit. But it’s Polywood®’s exclusive weatherstripping that’s engineered to help seal off airflow. That’s how Polywood insulates 1600% better than an aluminum blind. When the blind is closed, the slats aren’t tight against each other. There’s room on both sides of the blind where air can flow. And holes are visible where the cords are. 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 a rectangle is the only shape blinds are available in. And if your window are circular, arched, triangular, or octagonal, blinds will hide the shape rather than show it off. Plantation shutters however are ideal for specialty shaped windows. They are custom built to account for every angle, corner, and arch. The completed shutters 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 finishes, colors, and textures. They can even be cordless and motorized. But no matter what combination you choose, blinds don’t have the custom look that shutters have. Plantation shutters in Detroit are available in Polywood, Ovation® wood, and reclaimed wood. And there’s 300,000+ ways to customize these window treatments so they fit your décor. Shutters are usually installed with a frame that accentuates the corners of the window and highlights the shutter panels. These shutters become a fashion statement in and of themselves. And as a permanent fixture, they increase your home’s appraisal value. An example of an unique way to customize your window coverings is plantationshutters made from reclaimed wood. No two shutter louvers - no two shutter panels - have the same holes, colors, or marks. It’s the ultimate custom window treatment you’ve been looking for in the Detroit area. Schedule A Consultation Before You Buy Window Coverings In Detroit 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 coverings, set up a consultation with one of our team members in Detroit. We’ll bring samples of products right to your house and walk you through choosing the one that works best for your windows. Even if you call it plantation blinds, we’ll know what you mean. Call 248-429-9294 or fill out the form below to get started!