Why Some Homeowners In St. George Confuse Plantation Blinds And Plantation Shutters

Kasey Udy

When St. George homeowners ask us for a quote, they may mistakenly ask for plantation blinds. They don’t realize that plantation blinds isn’t the right name of the window covering they want.

That’s because when people say “plantation blinds”, they actually mean plantation shutters.

“Plantation” is used interchangeably with interior shutters. Blinds aren’t. And “plantation” describes the size and style of the horizontal louvers.

Blinds have thin horizontal slats that most people call slats. But these slats are not wide enough or thick enough to be considered “plantation” style.

Some consumers and even blind companies call blinds “plantation,” but that term has historically been associated with interior louvered shutters. Plantation style shutters may be mistaken for blinds from a distance. But these two window treatments differ in many ways.

How Plantation Shutters Differ From Blinds

Kitchen windows covered with blinds
A modern kitchen with plantation shutters 

Plantation Shutters Are More Durable Than Blinds

Premium plantation shutters can be manufactured from hardwood, reclaimed wood, or a synthetic wood. These materials give you a sturdy window treatment that lasts for many more years than a blind. And when you order shutters with UV stabilizer-infused paint, your plantation shutters will not lose their original color.

Unlike shutters, blinds may have a rod to tilt the slats. And they have a series of cords to hold the slats up. These two components, in addition to the thin slats, are notorious for busting.

Blinds don’t give you control over temperature and light. And they tend to yellow after years in the sun, unlike 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 the most energy efficient window treatment in St. George. And it’s the exclusive weatherstripping on Polywood® shutters that’s made to help block off airflow. That’s how Polywood is 1600% more energy efficient than an aluminum blind.

When the blind is closed, there’s space on both sides of the blind where air can escape through. There are holes where the cords are. And the slats aren’t tight against each other. All these issues make blinds less energy efficient than quality plantation shutters.

They Highlight The Shape Of Your Window

Another thing to think about is that the only shape blinds come in is rectangular. And when you have windows that are octagonal, circular, arched, or triangular, blinds will hide the shape rather than highlight it.

Plantation shutters however are perfect for specialty shaped windows. They are custom built to account for every angle, corner, and arch. The finished product is a window treatment that operates smoothly. And it will look beautiful and makes the window shape pop.

They Give Your Home A Custom Look

Yes, you can buy blinds in an array of colors, textures, and finishes. 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 St. George come in reclaimed wood, Polywood, and Ovation® wood. And there’s over 300,000 combinations of custom options of these window treatments to fit your personal taste.

Usually, shutters are installed with a frame that accentuates the corners and highlights the shutter panels. These shutters make a fashion statement that wows. And they become a permanent feature that increases your home’s appraisal value.

One example of an exceptional idea to customize your window treatments is plantationshutters built from reclaimed wood. No two shutter louvers - no two shutter panels - have the same holes, colors, or marks. It’s the ultimate custom window treatment in the St. George area.

Schedule A Consultation Before You Buy Window Treatments In St. George

The first step in selecting the best window treatments is doing your research. That’s how you figured out the differences between blinds and plantation shutters. So before you purchase window treatments, set up a consultation with one of our professionals in St. George. We’ll bring product samples right to your home and help you in choosing the one that works best for your windows. Contact us at 435-485-9332 or fill out the form below to get started!