Debunking More Shutter Myths

Eric Ramsey

Sunburst Shutters Tampa has debunked a few shutter myths previously. On our previous myth-busting trip, we looked at a few common misconceptions homeowners have regarding plantation shutters in Tampa.

This time, the Sunburst Shutters Tampa pros are back to set it straight on a couple more myths we’ve heard from homeowners in and around FL. Let’s jump right in.

Myth: “Plantation shutters only work in Southern homes.”

When some homeowners hear the term “plantation shutters,” they stick to the image of a huge, sprawling southern house surrounded by hills. Although it’s true that they are named for that particular place and time, plantation shutters were actually popular much earlier and much later than 19th Century Southern America.

Tampa pink living room with shutters 
Plantation shutters probably picked up their name because they were so ubiquitous in southern homes of the time. Because of their immense popularity there–with their ability to keep homes cool during hot summers, as well as offering fantastic views for those gigantic houses–the name stuck.

However, plantation shutters can give those very same features to any home, no matter its style or location. Craftsman style houses can utilize shutters, just as Victorian homes, Mid-Century Modern houses, and even cottage houses can.

Myth: “My home‘s style won’t work with shutters.”

Because plantation shutters have been used in so many houses and for such a long time, some homeowners might think that shutters can seem somewhat stale. A previous customer once told us that they thought that their home was “too eclectic” to install shutters, which was a tad confusing–since shutters are just about the only window treatment that can match any style.

Tampa man cave with shutters
Shutters are adaptable to any type of design, from modern lounge to fun man cave. And don’t forget, there’s a reason shutters are still chosen all these years later: they just don’t go out of style. Get a set of the newest and most fashionable curtains and they’ll look passé in just a few seasons. Shutters stay stylish, chic, and fashion-forward for years and years, especially when you install premier Polywood plantation shutters.

Myth: “Shutters and blinds are just about the same thing.”

For some reason, there happens to be a lot of confusion over the difference between shutters and blinds. It might have to do with people confusing “louvers” and “slats,” or maybe there’s confusion because of their somewhat similar shapes. No matter the reason, blinds and shutters really couldn’t be further apart on the window treatment spectrum. Here’s the basic breakdown of both.

The difference



Can block out whole window134




Dangles from cord

Solid frame attached136 to window jamb


Can wear down or deteriorate after 2-3 years.

Can usually last 20+ years.

Permanent or temporary?



Can they increase home value?



Energy Efficiency


Can block up to 50% of heat from the sun.

Can they fit specialty windows?



What are the adjustable parts called?



Myth: “All window treatments offer basically the same energy efficiency.”

Like the “Blinds vs. Shutters” table illustrated, window treatments can differ tremendously on how energy efficient they are. The shape, material, and construction can all make a difference in how energy efficient a window treatment can be.

On the lowest end of the spectrum you have no window treatment whatsoever. Offering just a little more energy efficiency are your typical retail aluminum blinds. Up a little further on the spectrum are draperies and sturdy fabric window treatments. Getting into somewhat noticeable territory we have typical wood shutters and honeycomb shades, made to offer sun-blocking protection and temperature reduction. But dwarfing all of these other window treatments are Polywood plantation shutters, made to both reflect and block sunlight and outside heat from moving through your window.

No More Shutter Myths

If you feel like you’re drowning in a sea of half truths when it comes to window treatments, we can toss you a lifeline. Call Sunburst Shutters Tampa today at 813-580-7288 to speak to one of our experts and schedule your free in-home consultation to find your perfect shutter or window treatment today.