Why Some Homeowners In Tampa Confuse Plantation Blinds And Plantation Shutters

Eric Ramsey

When Tampa homeowners ask us for a quote, some ask for plantation blinds. They don’t realize that plantation blinds isn’t the right name of the window treatment they want.

That’s because what most people refer to as “plantation blinds” are actually plantation shutters.

“Plantation” is commonly associated with interior shutters. Blinds aren’t. And “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 thick enough or wide enough to be “plantation” style.

Even some blind companies call blinds “plantation,” although that term has been associated with interior louvered shutters. Plantation style shutters might be mistaken for blinds at a glance. But these two window treatments differ in numerous ways.

How Plantation Shutters Differ From Blinds

Kitchen windows covered with blinds
Plantation shutters covering a kitchen window 

Plantation Shutters Last Longer Than Blinds

Premium plantation shutters can be built from reclaimed wood, synthetic wood, or hardwood. Any of these materials make for a sturdy window treatment that lasts for many more years than a blind. And when the paint on your shutters is infused with UV stabilizers, your plantation shutters will not lose their original color.

Unlike shutters, blinds may have a rod to move the slats. And they have a series of cords to hold the slats up. Those two elements, as well as the thin slats, are notorious for breaking.

Blinds don’t give you control over temperature and light. And they are likely 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 wood and synthetic wood louvers, are known to be the most energy efficient window treatment in Tampa. And it’s Polywood®’s exclusive weatherstripping that’s made to help seal off airflow. That’s how Polywood is 1600% more energy efficient than an aluminum blind.

When the blind is closed, there’s room on both sides of the blind where air can flow. There are holes where the cords are. And the slats aren’t tight against each other. These issues make blinds less energy efficient compared to well-built plantation shutters.

They Accentuate 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 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 arch, angle, and corner. The completed 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 get blinds in an array of finishes, colors, and textures. They can even be cordless and motorized. But no matter how you mix and match their options, blinds don’t look as custom as shutters do.

Plantation shutters in Tampa are available in reclaimed wood, Polywood, and Ovation® wood. And there’s over 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 plantation shutters become a fashion statement that wows. And as a permanent fixture, they adds to your home’s appraisal value.

One unique way for custom window coverings is plantationshutters built from reclaimed wood. No two shutter panels - no two shutter louvers - have identical holes, colors, or marks. It’s the ultimate custom window treatment you’ve been looking for in the Tampa area.

Schedule A Consultation Before You Order Window Treatments In Tampa

The first step in picking 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 experts in Tampa. We’ll bring samples of products right to your doorstep 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 813-580-7288 or fill out the form below to get started!