More Shutter Myths Debunked10/10/2017Eric Ramsey The Tampa shutter pros have debunked a few shutter myths previously. On our previous myth-busting trip, we looked at some of the most 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 #1: “Plantation shutters only work in Southern homes.” When some homeowners see the phrase “plantation shutters,” they stick to the image of a huge, sprawling southern mansion surrounded by hills. Although it’s true that they are named for that particular place and time, plantation shutters were actually popular way before and way after 19th Century Southern America. 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 is too eclectic for 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 boring. 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. 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’re always in 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 #3: “Shutters and blinds are basically 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 the battle between shutters and blinds. The difference Blinds Shutters Can they block out the entire window? No Yes Structure Dangles from cord Solid frame attached to window jamb Lifetime Can wear down or deteriorate after 2-3 years. Can usually last 20+ years. Permanent or temporary? Temporary Permanent Can they increase home value? No Yes Energy Efficiency Minimal Can block up to 50% of heat from the sun. Specialty Windows Can only fit rectangular windows. Yes. What are the adjustable parts called? Slats Louvers Myth: “All window treatments are about the same in 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 the majority of 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.