Why Some Homeowners In Philadelphia Confuse Plantation Blinds And Plantation Shutters

Holly Perron

When Philadelphia homeowners ask us for a quote, they may mistakenly ask for plantation blinds. But plantation blinds is the wrong term for the window covering they have in mind.

What most people refer to as “plantation blinds” are in fact plantation shutters.

The word “plantation” is synonymous with interior shutters. Blinds aren’t. And the word “plantation” refers to the style of the window treatment as it relates to the size of the horizontal louvers.

Blinds have thin horizontal slats that are usually called 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 word has historically been associated with custom interior louvered shutters. Plantation shutters may look like blinds from a distance. But these two window treatments differ in plenty of ways.

How Plantation Shutters Are Different From Blinds

Blinds covering the windows of a modern kitchen
A kitchen window with plantation shutters 

Plantation Shutters Are More Durable Than Blinds

Premium plantation shutters can be made from synthetic wood, hardwood, or reclaimed wood. Any of these materials make for a sturdy window treatment that outlasts blinds by decades. And when the paint on your shutters is infused with UV stabilizers, your plantation shutters will not lose their original color.

In contrast to shutters, blinds have a series of cords that hold the slats up. And most have a wand to adjust the slats. Those two elements, as well as the thin slats, are susceptible to breaking.

Blinds don’t give you control over temperature and brightness. And they tend to yellow over extended periods of sun exposure, 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 synthetic wood and wood louvers, are the most energy efficient window treatment in Philadelphia. And it’s the exclusive weatherstripping on Polywood® shutters that’s made to help restrict airflow. That’s how Polywood insulates 1600% better than an aluminum blind.

When you close a blind, there’s space on both sides of the blind where air can flow. You can see holes where the cords are. And the slats aren’t tight against each other. All these weak points 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 keep in mind is that the only shape blinds come in is rectangular. And when you have windows that are circular, arched, triangular, or octagonal, 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 completed product is a window treatment that makes the window shape pop, operates smoothly, and looks stunning.

They Give Your Home A Custom Look

Yes, you can get blinds in a variety of finishes, colors, and textures. They can even be motorized and cordless. But however you mix and match their options, blinds don’t have the custom look that shutters have.

Plantation shutters in Philadelphia come in Polywood, Ovation® wood, and reclaimed wood. And there’s 300,000+ combinations of custom options of these window treatments so they fit your décor.

Shutters are usually installed with a frame that accentuates the corners of the window and highlights the shutter panels. The shutters become a fashion statement that wows. And as a permanent feature of your home, they increases its appraisal value.

An example of an unique idea for custom window treatments is plantationshutters made from reclaimed wood. No two shutter panels - no two shutter louvers - have similar marks, holes, or colors. It’s the ultimate custom window treatment you can find in the Philadelphia area.

Schedule A Consultation Before You Buy Window Coverings In Philadelphia

The first step in choosing the best window treatments is doing your research. It’s helped you figure out the differences between blinds and plantation shutters. So before you buy window treatments, set up a consultation with one of our team members in Philadelphia. We’ll bring product samples right to your house and guide you in ordering 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 215-874-4897 or fill out the form below to get started!