Why Some Homeowners In Boise Mistake Plantation Blinds For Plantation Shutters04/19/2016Spencer Madsen When homeowners in the Boise area call 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 treatment they want. That’s because when people say “plantation blinds”, they‘re referring to plantation shutters. The word “plantation” is synonymous with interior shutters. That’s not the case with blinds. And the word “plantation” refers to 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 pass for “plantation” style. Even some blind companies call blinds “plantation,” although that term has always been associated with custom interior shutters. Plantation style shutters can look like blinds at a glance. But these two window treatments differ in many ways. How Plantation Shutters Differ From Blinds Plantation Shutters Last Longer Than Blinds Premium plantation shutters can be made from reclaimed wood, synthetic wood, or hardwood. These materials give you a sturdy window treatment that lasts for many more years than a blind. And when the paint on your shutters is infused with UV stabilizers, their color won’t yellow. In contrast to shutters, blinds have a series of cords that hold the slats up. And most have a rod to adjust the slats. Those two elements, in addition to the thin slats, are notorious for breaking. Blinds are also ineffective at giving you control over temperature and brightness. And they are likely to yellow after years in the sun, which is not the case with quality shutters. They’re Highly Energy Efficient The material a window treatment is made from greatly affects its energy efficiency. Plantation shutters, with their wood and synthetic wood louvers, are known to be the most energy efficient window treatment in Boise. And it’s Polywood®’s exclusive weatherstripping that’s engineered to help block off airflow. That’s how Polywood insulates 1600% better than an aluminum blind. When you close a blind, you can see holes where the cords are. The slats aren’t tight against each other. And there’s room on both sides of the blind where air can flow. These weak points make blinds less energy efficient in comparison with quality plantation shutters. They Highlight The Shape Of Your Window Another thing to think about is that the only shape blinds are available in is rectangular. And when you have windows that are circular, arched, triangular, or octagonal, blinds will hide the shape rather than show it off. Plantation shutters on the other hand 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 operates smoothly. And it will look stunning and makes the window shape pop. They Give Your Home A Custom Look You can get blinds in a selection of finishes, colors, and textures. They can even be motorized or cordless. But no matter what combination you choose, blinds don’t have the custom look that shutters have. Plantation shutters in Boise come in Ovation® wood, reclaimed wood, and Polywood. And there’s 300,000+ ways to customize these window treatments to fit your personal taste. Usually, shutters are mounted with a frame that accentuates the corners of the window and highlights the shutter panels. These plantation shutters become a fashion statement in and of themselves. And as a permanent fixture, they increase your home’s appraisal value. An example of an unique idea for custom window coverings is plantationshutters built from reclaimed wood. No two shutter louvers - no two shutter panels - have identical holes, colors, or marks. It’s the ultimate custom window treatment you’ve been looking for in the Boise area. Schedule A Consultation Before You Buy Window Treatments In Boise Doing your research is the first step in picking the best window treatments. It’s helped you figure out how blinds and plantation shutters are different. So before you purchase window coverings, schedule a consultation with one of our professionals in Boise. We’ll bring product samples right to your house and guide you in choosing the one that works best for your windows. Contact us at 208-609-9129 or fill out the form below to get started!