Why Some Homeowners In Las Vegas Mistake Plantation Blinds For Plantation Shutters04/19/2016Darik Neilson When Las Vegas homeowners contact us for an estimate, they might accidentally ask for plantation blinds. They don’t realize that plantation blinds isn’t the right name of the window covering they have in mind. What most people refer to as “plantation blinds” are actually plantation shutters. The word “plantation” is synonymous with interior shutters, not blinds. And the term “plantation” describes the size and style of the horizontal louvers. Blinds have thin horizontal slats that most people call slats. But these slats are not wide enough or thick enough to be considered “plantation” style. Even some blind companies call blinds “plantation,” when that term has historically been associated with interior louvered shutters. Plantation style shutters might look like blinds at a glance. But these two window treatments differ in many ways. How Plantation Shutters Differ From Blinds Plantation Shutters Are More Durable Than Blinds Premium plantation shutters can be manufactured from synthetic wood, hardwood, or reclaimed wood. These materials give you 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, as well as the thin slats, are susceptible to busting. Blinds don’t give you control over temperature and light. And they tend to yellow when overexposed to the sun, unlike quality shutters. They’re Highly Energy Efficient The material a window treatment is made from greatly affects its energy efficiency. Plantation shutters, with their synthetic wood and wood louvers, are the most energy efficient window treatment in Las Vegas. And it’s Polywood®’s exclusive weatherstripping that’s engineered to help insulate against airflow. That’s how Polywood is 1600% more energy efficient than an aluminum blind. When the blind is closed, there are holes where the cords are. The slats aren’t tight against each other. And there’s space on both sides of the blind where air can escape through. All these issues make blinds less energy efficient in comparison with quality plantation shutters. They Highlight The Shape Of Your Window Another thing to keep in mind is that the only shape blinds come in is rectangular. And when you have windows that are octagonal, circular, arched, or triangular, blinds will hide the shape rather than show it off. Plantation shutters on the other hand are perfect for specialty shaped windows. They are custom made to every corner, arch, and angle. The finished product is a window treatment that operates smoothly. And it will look stunning and makes the window shape pop. They Give Your Home A Custom Look Yes, you can get blinds in a selection of finishes, colors, and textures. They can even be motorized and cordless. But however you mix and match their options, blinds don’t have the custom look that shutters have. Plantation shutters in Las Vegas are available in Ovation® wood, reclaimed wood, and Polywood. And there’s more than 300,000 combinations of custom options of these window treatments to fit your style. Usually, shutters are mounted with a frame that accentuates the corners of the window and highlights the shutter panels. These interior shutters become a fashion statement that wows. And as a permanent fixture, they increase your home’s appraisal value. An example of an unique way to customize your window coverings is plantationshutters built from reclaimed wood. No two shutter louvers - no two shutter panels - have the same colors, marks, or holes. It’s the ultimate custom window treatment you’ve been looking for in the Las Vegas area. Schedule A Consultation Before You Purchase Window Coverings In Las Vegas The first step in picking the best window treatments is doing your research. That’s how you figured out how blinds and plantation shutters are different. So before you purchase window coverings, set up a consultation with one of our team members in Las Vegas. We’ll bring samples of products right to your house and help you in selecting the one that works best for your windows. Even if you call it plantation blinds, we’ll know what you mean. Call 702-850-6619 or fill out the form below to get started!