Blinds vs Shutters: The Conclusive Comparison Between Blinds and Shutters Between blinds and shutters, which window treatment is the right solution for your Tampa home? We recommend you compare them! Blinds are a traditional window treatment that have been covering windows in Tampa for as long as sliced bread has been around. And shutters are an in-vogue window treatment that has exploded in popularity in the past 20 years. Let’s explore how these two window treatment veterans perform on durability, energy efficiency, cleaning, special window shapes, and home resale value. Styles Blinds can be purchased in metal, hardwood, faux wood, and vertical styles. With over 300 colors and textures to pick from, blinds allow you to match your window treatments to your style –right down to the pattern. Plantation shutters are available in Polywood® and Ovation® wood. We furnish Polywood in three premium white paint colors – and a custom paint color program for tints of beige, yellow, and grey. Ovation wood shutters come in 28 wood stains and 11 paint colors. Durability When attended to, blinds last an average of 5 years. However, shutters can last more than 50 years. Energy Efficiency When closed, the thin slats on blinds don’t have much effect on blocking airflow and heat from outside. But shutters, with their thick louvers and tailored mounting, seal off the effects of the external temperature. Actually, Polywood plantation shutters insulate up to 70% better than comparable traditional wood shutters – and 1600% better than aluminum blinds! Cleaning Dusting the thin slats of blinds can be a hassle – especially with the cords that run through from top to bottom. When plantation shutters are set up with a hidden or rear-mount tilt rod, you simply tilt the large louvers back with your hand and wipe the louvers, unobstructed. Special Window Shapes Traditional blinds can only be mounted on rectangular-shaped windows, not arched, circular, octagonal, or triangular windows. And blinds would only conceal the elegant window you fell in love with when you bought the house, anyway. Shutters, conversely, can be custom-crafted to fit your windows perfectly, regardless of their shape, letting you have access to the view and control over privacy – while enhancing your specialty-shaped windows’ elegance. Home Resale Value When your home is appraised for resale, all the permanent fixtures are considered. Blinds can be moved from one house to another, however shutters are custom-installed and become part of your windows and home. Actually, they add value to your home not only by being a permanent asset, but also by being an energy-efficient one! We summarized the differences between blinds and shutters in this table for you. Choosing between the two window treatments is based on your style, your windows, and your budget. Blinds Shutters Styles Metal, Hardwood, Faux Wood, Vertical Polywood and Ovation Wood Durability Last about 5 years Last 50+ years Energy Efficiency Minimum Maximum Cleaning Difficult Easy Special Window Shapes N/A Customizable to fit any window shape Home Resale Value No effect Increases home resale value Between Blinds and Shutters, Which Is the Perfect Solution for You? It all depends on you and your taste. And, when you’ve picked one, we’ll be here to guide you through the process of designing them for your windows. Call us at 813-580-7288 or fill out the form below to schedule your free in-home consultation today!