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Plantation Shutter Myths: The Truth

October 10, 2017

We’ve debunked some shutter myths before. On our previous myth-debunking spree, we looked at some of the most common misconceptions homeowners have regarding plantation shutters in Austin.

Well, the Sunburst Shutters Austin experts are back to set it straight on a couple more myths we’ve been hearing from shutter-buyers around Texas. Let’s jump right in.

Myth: “Plantation Shutters Only Work In Southern Houses.”

When some people hear the term “plantation shutters,” their minds stick to the image of a huge, sprawling southern mansion surrounded by fields. While it’s true that the shutters are named for that particular place and time, plantation shutters enjoyed a lot of popularity way before and way after 19th Century Southern America.

Austin pink living room with shutters 
Plantation shutters likely gained that name because they were commonly found in nearly every home back then. Because of their immense popularity there–due to their ability to keep homes cool during hot summers, and offering great views for those gigantic houses–the name stuck.

Nevertheless, plantation shutters can give those exact same benefits to any style of home. Craftsman style homes can use shutters, just as Tudor homes, Cape Cod houses, and even cottage houses can.

Myth#2: “My Home Style Won’t Work With Shutters Is Too Eclectic For Shutters.”

Because plantation shutters have been so popular for so long, some homeowners might think that shutters can seem somewhat stale. A previous customer once told us that they thought that their home was “too distinct” to use shutters, which was a big head-scratcher–since shutters are just about the only window treatment that can match any style. 

Austin man cave with shutters
Interior shutters are versatile and can work with any type of design, from stylish lounge to relaxed man cave. And remember, there’s a reason shutters are still so popular: they’re always in style. Put in a set of the latest and trendiest drapes and they’ll likely be passé in 18 months. Shutters stay bright, bold and beautiful year after year, especially when you install patented Polywood plantation shutters.

Myth #3: “Blinds And Shutters Are Pretty Much The Same Thing.”

For some reason, there happens to be some confusion over the difference between blinds and shutters. Maybe it has to do with the confusion between “slats” and “louvers,” or maybe there’s confusion because of their somewhat similar shapes. No matter the reason, shutters and blinds couldn’t be more different. Below is a basic breakdown of the two.

The difference



Can they block out the entire window?




Hangs from cord

Solid frame attached to window frame

How long will they last?

Will break down or fall apart after 2-3 years.

Will usually last 20+ years.

Permanent or temporary?



Increases home value



Energy Efficiency


Can block up to 30 degrees of outside temperature.

Specialty Windows


Can fit any specialty shape windows.

What are the adjustable parts called?



Myth #4: “All window treatments offer about the same energy efficiency.”

Like the “Blinds vs. Shutters” table illustrated, window coverings can vary by a wide margin on how energy efficient they are. The structure, material, and construction can all make a difference in how much energy efficiency a window treatment offers.

On the lowest end of the spectrum you have no window treatment whatsoever. Offering only slightly more energy efficiency are your everyday department store aluminum blinds. More energy efficient than those are drapes and heavier fabric window coverings. Getting into somewhat noticeable territory are most wood shutters and cellular shades, built to offer thermal protection and temperature reduction. But dwarfing all of these other window treatments are Polywood plantation shutters, built to both reflect and block sunlight and outside heat from moving through your window.

No More Shutter Myths

If you feel as if you’re swimming in an ocean of half truths about window treatments, we can throw you a lifeline. Call Sunburst Shutters Austin today at 512-549-6077 to talk to one of our pros and schedule a complimentary in-home consultation to find your perfect shutter or window treatment today.