Exposing More Plantation Shutter Myths10/10/2017Matt Thelander Sunburst Shutters New York has busted a few shutter myths in the past. On our last myth-debunking spree, we tackled some of the most common misunderstandings homeowners have regarding interior shutters in New York City. Well, the Sunburst Shutters New York experts are back to set the record straight on a couple more myths we’ve been hearing from people in and around NY. Let’s get started. Myth #1: “Plantation shutters are meant for Southern houses.” When some people see the name “plantation shutters,” they typically conjure the image of a huge, sprawling southern mansion surrounded by plains. While it’s true that the shutters are named for that particular place and time, plantation shutters enjoyed a lot of popularity much earlier and much later than 19th Century Southern America. Plantation shutters probably picked up their name because they were in just about every house in the south back then. Because of their immense popularity there–due to their ability to keep homes cool during hot summers, as well as offering great views for those huge houses–the name just stuck. Nevertheless, plantation shutters offer those very same perks to any home, no matter its style or location. Craftsman houses can use shutters, just as Victorian homes, Cape Cod houses, and even lake houses can. Myth #2: “My home‘s style won’t work with shutters.” Because plantation shutters have been used in so many houses and for such a long time, some people might think that shutters may seem a little stale. A previous customer once told us that they thought that their house was “too eclectic” to use shutters, which was a big head-scratcher–since shutters are likely the one and only window treatment that can mesh with any style. Shutters are adaptable to any style, from stylish lounge to cozy man cave. And don’t forget, shutters are still used to this day for a reason: they just don’t go out of style. Put in a set of the newest and trendiest curtains and they’ll likely be out of fashion in 18 months. Shutters stay stunning and elegant year after year, especially when you get patented Polywood plantation shutters. Myth #3: “Shutters and blinds are pretty much the same thing.” For some reason, there seems to be some confusion over the difference between blinds and shutters. It might have to do with homeowners conflating “slats” and “louvers,” or it’s the similarity in shape that causes the confusion. Regardless, blinds and shutters really couldn’t be further apart on the window treatment spectrum. Here’s the basic breakdown of the two. What’s the difference? Blinds Shutters Are able to block out whole window134 No Yes Structure Hangs from cord Solid frame attached136 to window frame Lifetime Will wear down or fall apart after 2-3 years. Will usually last 20+ years. Permanent or temporary? Temporary Permanent Can they increase home value? No Yes Energy Efficiency Minimal Can block up to 30 degrees of outside temperature. Can they fit unique shape windows? No Yes. What are the adjustable parts called? Slats Louvers Myth #4: “All window coverings offer nearly the same energy efficiency.” Like the “Blinds vs. Shutters” table above mentions, window treatments can vary tremendously on how much energy efficiency they offer. The shape, material, and finish can all have a big impact in how much energy efficiency a window treatment offers. At the bottom rung of energy efficiency is leaving your window completely bare. Offering only slightly more energy efficiency are your everyday retail aluminum blinds. More energy efficient than those are drapes and heavier fabric window treatments. Getting into somewhat noticeable territory are typical wood shutters and cellular shades, made to offer UV protection and heat reduction. But the real king of the hill in energy efficiency is Polywood plantation shutters, designed to both reflect and block sunlight and outside heat from moving through your window. No More Shutter Myths If you feel like you’re drowning in an ocean of misinformation regarding window treatments, we can throw you a lifeline. Call Sunburst Shutters New York today at 631-246-3930 to speak to one of our experts and set up a complimentary in-home consultation to find your perfect shutter or window treatment today.