Debunking More Interior Shutter Myths10/10/2017Collins Jones The Dallas shutter pros have debunked 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 experts are back to set the record straight on a couple more myths we’ve heard from people around Texas. Let’s take a look. Myth: “Plantation shutters only look good in Southern houses.” When some homeowners hear the term “plantation shutters,” their minds stick 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. Plantation shutters likely gained their name because they were in just about every house in the south of the time. Because of their huge popularity there–due to their ability to block a huge amount of light and heat, as well as offering great views for those huge houses–the name stayed. Nevertheless, plantation shutters can give those very same benefits to any home, no matter its style or location. Craftsman houses can use shutters, just like Tudor homes, Cape Cod houses, and even beach houses can. Myth: “My home is too distinct for shutters.” Because plantation shutters have enjoyed widespread use over several decades, some homeowners might think that shutters seem a little stale. We’ve heard a customer say before that their house was “too distinct” to use shutters, which was a big head-scratcher–since shutters are likely the one and only window treatment that can match any style. Plantation shutters are versatile and can work with any type of design, from chic parlor to cozy man cave. And don’t forget, shutters have been popular for so long for a reason: they’re always in style. Get a set of the latest and most fashionable blinds and they’ll look outdated in 18 months. Shutters stay bright, bold and beautiful for decades, especially when you install high quality Polywood plantation shutters. Myth: “Shutters and blinds are pretty much the same thing.” For some reason, there happens to be some confusion over the difference between shutters and blinds. Maybe 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 both. What’s the difference? Blinds Shutters Can they block out the entire window? No Yes Structure Suspended from cord Solid frame mounted on to window jamb Lifetime Can break down or fall apart 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. 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 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 only a tiny bit 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 sun-blocking protection and temperature reduction. But at the very top of the mountain 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 misinformation about 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.