Why Some Homeowners In Fort Myers Mistake Plantation Blinds For Plantation Shutters04/19/2016Charlie Cole and Brady Parker When homeowners in the Fort Myers area contact us for an estimate, they might accidentally ask for plantation blinds. However plantation blinds is the wrong term for the window treatment they want. That’s because what most people refer to as “plantation blinds” are in fact plantation shutters. The word “plantation” is synonymous with interior shutters, not blinds. And the word “plantation” refers to the size and style of the horizontal louvers. Blinds’ thin horizontal slats are not wide enough or thick enough to be considered “plantation” style. Even some blind companies call blinds “plantation,” but that term has been associated with interior louvered shutters. Plantation style shutters might be mistaken for 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 hardwood, reclaimed wood, or a synthetic wood. These materials make for a sturdy window treatment that outlasts blinds by decades. And when you get shutters with UV stabilizer-infused paint, 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 tilt the slats. Those two elements, as well as the thin slats, are susceptible to breaking. Blinds are also ineffective at giving you control over light and temperature. And they are likely to yellow when overexposed to the sun, unlike quality shutters. They’re Highly Energy Efficient Energy efficiency starts with the material a window treatment is made from. Plantation shutters, with their wood and synthetic wood louvers, are known to be the most energy efficient window treatment in Fort Myers. But it’s the exclusive weatherstripping on Polywood® shutters that’s engineered to help seal off airflow. That’s how Polywood is 1600% more energy efficient than an aluminum blind. When the blind is closed, there’s room on both sides of the blind where air can escape through. You can see holes where the cords are. And the slats aren’t tight against each other. These problems make blinds less energy efficient than well-built plantation shutters that close with little to no gaps. They Highlight The Shape Of Your Window Another thing to think about is that a rectangle is the only shape blinds come in. And if your window are arched, triangular, octagonal, or circular, blinds will cover up the shape rather than show it off. Plantation shutters on the other hand are perfect for specialty shaped windows. They are custom made to account for every angle, corner, and arch. The finished shutters is a window treatment that operates smoothly. And it will look beautiful and makes the window shape pop. They Give Your House A Custom Look Yes, you can buy blinds in a selection of finishes, colors, and textures. They can even be motorized or cordless. But however you mix and match their options, blinds don’t have the custom look that shutters have. Plantation shutters in Fort Myers are available in Polywood, Ovation® wood, and reclaimed wood. And there’s 300,000+ combinations of custom options of these window treatments to fit your décor. Usually, shutters are installed with a frame that accentuates the corners and highlights the shutter panels. These interior shutters make a fashion statement in and of themselves. And as a permanent feature of your home, they increases its appraisal value. One unique idea to customize your window treatments is plantationshutters made 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 can find in the Fort Myers area. Schedule A Consultation Before You Purchase Window Treatments In Fort Myers The first step in choosing the best window treatments is doing your research. That’s how you figured out how blinds and plantation shutters are different. So before you buy window coverings, schedule a consultation with one of our experts in Fort Myers. We’ll bring samples of products right to your home and guide you in selecting the one that works best for your windows. Even if you call it plantation blinds, we’ll know what you mean. Give us a call at 239-208-6577 or fill out the form below to get started!