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Interior Shutter Myths Busted

October 10, 2017

We’ve busted a few shutter myths in the past. On our last myth-debunking binge, we looked at some of the most common misunderstandings homeowners have regarding interior shutters in New York.

Well, the Sunburst Shutters New York pros are back to set the record straight on a few more myths we’ve been hearing from people in and around New York. Let’s get started.

Myth: “Plantation Shutters Only Work In Southern Houses.”

When some people see the phrase “plantation shutters,” they typically conjure the image of a huge, sprawling southern mansion surrounded by plains. While it’s true that they 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.

New York pink living room with shutters 
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 type of home. Craftsman houses can use shutters, just as Tudor homes, Prairie houses, and even lake houses can.

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

Because plantation shutters have enjoyed widespread use over several decades, some people might think that shutters may seem a little stale. A previous customer once told us that they thought that their space was “too eclectic” to use shutters, which was a tad confusing–since shutters are the one window treatment that can mesh with any style. 

New York man cave with shutters
Shutters are versatile and can work with any type of design, 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. Get a set of the newest and most fashionable curtains and they’ll likely be out of fashion in 18 months. Shutters stay stunning and elegant 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 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 couldn’t be more different. Here’s the basic breakdown of both.

What’s the difference?



Are able to block out whole window134




Suspended from cord

Solid frame mounted on to window frame


Can wear down or fall apart after 2-3 years.

Will usually last 20+ years.

Permanent or temporary?



Can they increase home value?



Energy Efficiency


Can block up to 30 degrees of outside temperature.

Specialty Windows


Can fit any specialty shape windows.

What are the adjustable parts called?



Myth #4: “All window coverings offer nearly the same energy efficiency.”

Like the “Blinds vs. Shutters” table above mentions, window coverings 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 common 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.