Debunking More Interior Shutter Myths10/10/2017David White Sunburst Shutters Miami has busted a few shutter myths before. During our previous myth-debunking trip, we tackled a few common misunderstandings homeowners have regarding interior shutters in Miami. Well, the Sunburst Shutters Miami experts are back to set it straight on a few more myths we’ve been hearing from shutter-buyers in and around Florida. Let’s jump right in. Myth: “Plantation shutters are meant for Southern houses.” When some homeowners hear the name “plantation shutters,” their minds stick to the image of a giant, sprawling southern house surrounded by plains. Though it’s true that the shutters are named for that particular place and time, plantation shutters in fact had huge popularity way before and way after 19th Century Southern America. Plantation shutters likely gained that name because they were commonly found in nearly every home of the time. Because of their huge popularity there–due to their ability to block a huge amount of light and heat, and offering great views for those gigantic houses–the name stayed. However, plantation shutters offer those exact same benefits to any style of home. Craftsman houses can use shutters, just as Victorian homes, Mid-Century Modern houses, and even cottage houses can. Myth: “My home is too eclectic for shutters.” Because plantation shutters have been used in so many houses and for such a long time, some homeowners may have gotten the impression that shutters look somewhat boring. We’ve heard a customer say before that their home was “too eclectic” for shutters, which was a tad confusing–since shutters are probably the only window treatment that can accentuate any style. Shutters are versatile and can work with any type of design, from chic living room to relaxed man cave. And remember, 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 shades and they’ll likely be passé in 18 months. Shutters stay stylish, chic, and fashion-forward year after year, especially when you install patented Polywood plantation shutters. Myth: “Blinds and shutters are pretty much the same thing.” For some reason, there happens to be a lot of confusion over the difference between blinds and shutters. It might have to do with people confusing “louvers” and “slats,” or it’s the similarity in shape that causes the confusion. Either way, shutters and blinds are pretty easy to distinguish when you look at their features. Here’s the basic breakdown of the two. What’s the difference? Blinds Shutters Can they block out the entire window? No Yes Structure Hangs from cord Solid frame mounted on to window frame Lifespan Can break down or deteriorate after 2-3 years. Will easily last 20+ years. Permanent or temporary? Temporary Permanent Adds to value of the home? No Yes Energy Efficiency Minimal Can block up to 50% of heat from the sun. Can they fit specialty windows? No Yes. What are the adjustable parts called? Slats Louvers Myth: “All window treatments offer nearly the same energy efficiency.” As the “Blinds vs. Shutters” table shows, window coverings can differ tremendously on how much energy efficiency they offer. The structure, material, and construction will all have a big impact in how energy efficient a window treatment can be. On the lowest end of the spectrum you have no window treatment whatsoever. Offering only a tiny bit more energy efficiency are your typical department store mini blinds. Up a little further on the spectrum are drapes and sturdy fabric window coverings. Going further into energy efficient territory are most wood shutters and cellular shades, built to offer UV protection and temperature 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 swimming in an ocean of half truths regarding shutters, we can throw you a lifeline. Call Sunburst Shutters Miami today at 305-520-7515 to talk to one of our pros and schedule a free in-home consultation to find your perfect shutter or window treatment today.