Why Some Homeowners In Miami Mistake Plantation Blinds For Plantation Shutters04/19/2016David White When Miami homeowners ask us for a quote, they might accidentally ask for plantation blinds. However plantation blinds is the wrong term for the window treatment they‘re thinking of. That’s because what most people refer to as “plantation blinds” are in fact plantation shutters. The word “plantation” is synonymous with interior shutters. Blinds aren’t. And “plantation” describes the style of the window treatment as it relates to the size 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 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 manufactured from synthetic wood, hardwood, or reclaimed wood. These materials result in a sturdy window treatment that lasts for many more years than a blind. And when your shutters are painted with UV stabilizers, their color won’t yellow. In contrast to shutters, blinds may have a rod to adjust the slats. And they have a series of cords to hold the slats up. These two elements, in addition to the thin slats, are notorious for busting. Blinds are also not effective at giving you control over light and temperature. And they tend to yellow after years in the sun, unlike quality shutters. They’re Highly Energy Efficient Energy efficiency starts with the material a window treatment is made from. Plantation shutters, with their wood and synthetic wood louvers, are the most energy efficient window treatment in Miami. But it’s the exclusive weatherstripping on Polywood® shutters that’s made to help insulate against airflow. That’s how Polywood is 1600% more energy efficient than an aluminum blind. When you close a blind, the slats aren’t tight against each other. There’s room on both sides of the blind where air can escape through. And you can see holes where the cords are. All these issues make blinds less energy efficient than well-built plantation shutters. They Highlight The Shape Of Your Window Another thing to think about is that a rectangle is the only shape blinds are available in. And if your window are arched, triangular, octagonal, or circular, blinds will cover up the shape rather than highlight it. Plantation shutters however are ideal for specialty shaped windows. They are custom made to account for every corner, arch, and angle. The finished product 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 a wide variety of textures, finishes, and colors. They can even be motorized and cordless. But no matter how you mix and match their options, blinds don’t look as custom as shutters do. Plantation shutters in Miami are available in reclaimed wood, Polywood, and Ovation® wood. And there’s over 300,000 ways to customize these window treatments so they fit your personal taste. Usually, shutters are mounted with a frame that accentuates the corners and highlights the shutter panels. These interior shutters make a fashion statement in and of themselves. And they become a permanent feature that adds to your home’s appraisal value. One example of an unique idea to customize your window treatments is plantationshutters made from reclaimed wood. No two shutter panels - no two shutter louvers - have similar colors, marks, or holes. It’s the ultimate custom window treatment you can find in the Miami area. Schedule A Consultation Before You Purchase Window Coverings In Miami Doing your research is the first step in selecting the best window treatments. It’s helped you figure out how blinds and plantation shutters are different. So before you order window treatments, schedule a consultation with one of our team members in Miami. We’ll bring samples of products right to your home and guide you in choosing the one that works best for your windows. Even if you call it plantation blinds, we’ll know what you mean. Give us a call at 305-520-7515 or fill out the form below to get started!