More Shutter Myths Debunked10/10/2017Darik Neilson We’ve dismantled some shutter myths before. On our last myth-debunking trip, we tackled a few common misunderstandings people have about plantation shutters in Las Vegas. This time, the Sunburst Shutters Las Vegas team is back to correct the record on a couple more myths we’ve heard from homeowners around NV. Let’s get started. Myth: “Plantation shutters don’t look good in anything except Southern houses.” When some people hear the name “plantation shutters,” their minds immediately go to the image of a giant, elegant southern house surrounded by fields. Though it’s true that the shutters are named for that particular place and time, plantation shutters were actually popular much earlier and much later than 19th Century Southern America. Plantation shutters almost definitely gained their name because they were so ubiquitous in southern homes back then. Because of their immense popularity in the south–with their ability to protect the home interior from intense heat, and offering excellent views for those sprawling houses–the name just stuck. Nevertheless, plantation shutters offer those very same benefits to any home, no matter its style or location. Craftsman houses can utilize shutters, just as Tudor homes, Cape Cod houses, and even beach houses can. Myth: “My home‘s style won’t work with shutters.” Because plantation shutters saw so much use over time, some homeowners might think that shutters seem a little stale. A previous customer once told us that they thought that their home was “too eclectic” to use shutters, which was a big head-scratcher–since shutters are just about the only window treatment that can match any style. Interior shutters are adaptable to any type of design, from modern living room to relaxed man cave. And don’t forget, shutters have been popular for so long for a reason: they don’t go out of style. Get a set of the newest and most fashionable blinds and they’ll likely be passé in 18 months. Shutters stay stylish, chic, and fashion-forward for years and years, especially when you choose patented Polywood plantation shutters. Myth: “Blinds and shutters are pretty much the same thing.” For some reason, there’s a lot of confusion over the difference between shutters and blinds. Maybe it has to do with the confusion between “slats” and “louvers,” or it’s the similarity in shape that causes the confusion. Regardless, shutters and blinds really couldn’t be further apart on the window treatment spectrum. Below is a basic breakdown of the battle between shutters and blinds. 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 How long will they last? Can break down or deteriorate after 2-3 years. Can 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. Specialty Windows Can only fit rectangular windows. Can fit any specialty shape windows. What are the horizontal parts called? Slats Louvers Myth: “All window treatments offer nearly the same energy efficiency.” As the “Blinds vs. Shutters” table illustrated, window coverings can differ by a wide margin 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. No window treatment on your window means no energy efficiency added whatsoever. Offering only slightly more energy efficiency are your typical department store aluminum blinds. Up a little further on the spectrum are draperies and heavier fabric window treatments. Going further into energy efficient territory we have typical wood shutters and honeycomb shades, built to offer thermal protection and temperature reduction. But far beyond all of these are Polywood plantation shutters, constructed 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 inaccurate info when it comes to shutters, we can toss you a lifeline. Call Sunburst Shutters Las Vegas today at 702-850-6619 to speak to one of our experts and schedule your free in-home consultation to find your perfect shutter or window treatment today.