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Plantation Shutter Myths Busted

October 10, 2017

Sunburst Shutters Dallas has dismantled some shutter myths previously. On our last myth-busting spree, we exposed a few common misconceptions homeowners have about plantation shutters in Dallas.

Well, the Sunburst Shutters Dallas pros are back to correct the record on a couple more myths we’ve heard from people around Texas. Let’s jump right in.

Myth: “Plantation Shutters Only Look Good In Southern Houses.”

When some homeowners hear the term “plantation shutters,” their minds immediately go to the image of a huge, sprawling southern mansion surrounded by plains. Though it’s true that they owe their name to that location and time, plantation shutters in fact had huge popularity way before and way after the Antebellum South.

Dallas pink living room with shutters 
Plantation shutters likely gained their name because they were in just about every house in the south at the time. Because of their huge 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 stayed.

Nevertheless, plantation shutters can give those very same benefits to any style of home. Craftsman houses can use shutters, just like Victorian homes, Cape Cod houses, and even lake houses can.

Myth#2: “My Home Style Won’t Work With Shutters Is Too Distinct For Shutters.”

Because plantation shutters have been used in so many houses and for such a long time, some homeowners might think that shutters might seem a little stale. We’ve heard a customer say before that their space was “too distinct” to install shutters, which was a big head-scratcher–since shutters are likely the one and only window treatment that can mesh with any style. 

Dallas man cave with shutters
Interior shutters are versatile and can work with any style, from stylish living room to cozy man cave. And don’t forget, shutters have been popular for so long for a reason: they’re always in style. Put in a set of the latest and most fashionable blinds and they’ll look outdated in a year or two. Shutters stay bright, bold and beautiful for decades, especially when you get high quality Polywood plantation shutters.

Myth: “Shutters And Blinds Are Just About The Same Thing.”

For some reason, there seems to be some confusion over the difference between shutters and blinds. Perhaps it has to do with people confusing “louvers” and “slats,” or perhaps the similar basic shape causes it. Either way, blinds and shutters are pretty easy to distinguish when you look at their features. Below is a basic breakdown of the battle between shutters and blinds.

What’s the difference?



Can they block out the entire window?




Suspended from cord

Solid frame attached to window jamb

How long will they last?

Will break down or fall apart after 2-3 years.

Will easily last 20+ years.

Permanent or temporary?



Adds to value of the home?



Energy Efficiency


Can block up to 50% of heat from the sun.

Can they fit non-square windows?

Can only fit rectangular windows.

Can fit any specialty shape windows.

What are the horizontal parts called?



Myth: “All window treatments offer basically the same energy efficiency.”

As the “Blinds vs. Shutters” table shows, window coverings can vary tremendously on how much energy efficiency they offer. The shape, material, and finish can all play a huge part in how energy efficient a window treatment is.

At the bottom rung of energy efficiency is leaving your window completely bare. Offering just a tad more energy efficiency are your common department store mini blinds. Up a little further on the spectrum are draperies and sturdy fabric window treatments. Getting even closer to energy efficient territory we have the majority of wood shutters and cellular shades, built to offer UV protection and temperature reduction. But far beyond all of these are Polywood plantation shutters, built to both reflect and block outside temperature from moving through your window.

No More Shutter Myths

If you feel as if you’re swimming in a sea of half truths regarding window treatments, we can throw you a lifeline. Call Sunburst Shutters Dallas today at 214-301-5066 to talk to one of our experts and schedule your free in-home consultation to find your perfect shutter or window treatment today.