Blinds vs Shutters: The Ultimate Comparison Between Blinds and Shutters Given the choice between blinds and shutters, which window treatment is the perfect solution for your Boise home? There’s only one way to find out: compare them! Blinds are a traditional window treatment that have been covering windows in Boise for as long as memory serves. And shutters are an in-vogue window treatment that has burst into popularity in the past 20 years. Let’s take a look at how these two window treatment veterans go up against each other when it comes to durability, energy efficiency, cleaning, special window shapes, and home resale value. Styles Blinds can be purchased in metal, hardwood, faux wood, and vertical styles. With 300+ colors and textures to pick from, blinds give you the chance to match your window treatments to your style –right down to the pattern. Plantation shutters are available in Polywood® and Ovation® wood. We furnish Polywood in three premium white paint colors – and a custom paint color program for tints of beige, yellow, and grey. Ovation wood shutters come in 28 wood stains and 11 paint colors. Durability When attended to, blinds last an average of 5 years. However, shutters can last more than 50 years. Energy Efficiency When closed, the thin slats on blinds do little to block airflow and heat from outside. But shutters, with their thick louvers and tailored mounting, seal off the effects of the external weather. As a matter of fact, Polywood plantation shutters insulate up to 70% better than similar traditional wood shutters – and 1600% better than aluminum blinds! Cleaning Dusting the thin slats of blinds can be a hassle – especially with the cords that run through from top to bottom. When plantation shutters are mounted with a hidden or rear-mount tilt rod, all you have to do to clean the large louvers is tilt them back with your hand and wipe the louvers, unobstructed. Special Window Shapes Traditional blinds can only cover rectangular-shaped windows, not arched, circular, octagonal, or triangular windows. And blinds would only hide the exquisite window you fell in love with when you purchased the house, anyway. Shutters, however, can be custom-fashioned to fit your windows perfectly, regardless of their shape, letting you have access to the view and control over privacy – while enhancing your specialty-shaped windows’ charm. Home Resale Value When your home is estimated for resale, all the permanent fixtures are taken into consideration. Blinds can be moved from one house to another, however shutters are custom-designed and become part of your windows and home. In fact, they increase the value of your home not only by being a permanent asset, but also by being an energy-efficient one! We outlined the differences between blinds and shutters in this table for you. Choosing between the two window treatments depends on your style, your windows, and your budget. Blinds Shutters Styles Metal, Hardwood, Faux Wood, Vertical Polywood and Ovation Wood Durability Last about 5 years Last 50+ years Energy Efficiency Minimum Maximum Cleaning Difficult Easy Special Window Shapes N/A Customizable to fit any window shape Home Resale Value No effect Increases home resale value Between Blinds and Shutters, Which Is the Ideal Solution for You? Well, that’s up to you to decide. And, when you do, we’ll be here to guide you through the process of designing them for your windows. Call us at 208-609-9129 or fill out the form below to schedule your free in-home consultation today!