More Interior Shutter Myths Debunked10/10/2017Tyler Jorgensen The Austin shutter pros have debunked some shutter myths before. On our previous myth-debunking binge, 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 homeowners around Texas. Let’s jump right in. Myth #1: “Plantation shutters only work in Southern houses.” When some people hear the term “plantation shutters,” their minds immediately go to the image of a huge, sprawling southern mansion surrounded by hills. 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. Plantation shutters likely gained that name because they were so ubiquitous in southern homes back then. Because of their immense popularity there–due to their ability to block a huge amount of light and heat, and offering great views for those sprawling houses–the name stayed. Nevertheless, plantation shutters can give those very same benefits to any home, no matter its style or location. Craftsman style homes can use shutters, just as Tudor homes, Prairie houses, and even cottage houses can. Myth #2: “My home‘s style won’t work with 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 mesh with any style. Plantation 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 chosen all these years later: they just don’t go out of style. Put in a set of the latest and trendiest shades and they’ll likely be passé in a year or two. Shutters stay stunning and elegant for decades, especially when you install patented Polywood plantation shutters. Myth #3: “Blinds and shutters are pretty much the same.” For some reason, there happens to be some confusion over the difference between blinds and shutters. Perhaps it has to do with the confusion between “slats” and “louvers,” or it’s the similarity in shape that causes the confusion. No matter the reason, shutters and blinds really couldn’t be further apart on the window treatment spectrum. Below is a basic breakdown of both. The difference Blinds Shutters Can they block out the entire window? No Yes Structure Hangs from cord Solid frame mounted on to window frame Lifetime Will break down or fall apart after 2-3 years. Will usually last 20+ years. Permanent or temporary? Temporary Permanent Can they increase home value? No Yes Energy Efficiency Minimal Can block up to 30 degrees of outside temperature. Specialty Windows Can only fit rectangular windows. Can fit any specialty shape windows. What are the adjustable parts called? Slats Louvers Myth #4: “All window treatments are about the same in energy efficiency.” Like the “Blinds vs. Shutters” table above mentions, 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 energy efficient a window treatment is. On the lowest end of the spectrum you have no window treatment whatsoever. Offering just a little more energy efficiency are your common department store aluminum blinds. More energy efficient than those are drapes and heavier fabric window coverings. Going further into energy efficient 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, constructed 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 misinformation 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.