Why Some Homeowners In Colorado Springs Mistake Plantation Blinds For Plantation Shutters

Gary Harding

When homeowners in the Colorado Springs area ask us for a quote, they might accidentally ask for plantation blinds. But plantation blinds is the wrong term for the window covering they have in mind.

When people say “plantation blinds”, they actually mean plantation shutters.

“Plantation” is used interchangeably with interior shutters. That’s not the case with blinds. And “plantation” refers to the size and style of the horizontal louvers.

Blinds’ thin horizontal slats are not thick enough or wide enough to be “plantation” style.

Even some blind companies call blinds “plantation,” when that word has been associated with interior louvered shutters. Plantation shutters might look like blinds at a glance. But the differences between these two window treatments are plenty.

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 manufactured from reclaimed wood, synthetic wood, or hardwood. Any of these materials give you a sturdy window treatment that lasts for many more years than a blind. And when you get shutters with UV stabilizer-infused paint, your plantation shutters don’t lose their original color.

Unlike shutters, blinds have a series of cords that hold the slats up. And most have a rod to move the slats. These two elements, as well as the thin slats, are susceptible to breaking.

Blinds are also not effective at giving you control over light and temperature. 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 synthetic wood and wood louvers, are known to be the most energy efficient window treatment in Colorado Springs. And it’s Polywood®’s exclusive weatherstripping that’s engineered to help restrict airflow. That’s how Polywood insulates 1600% better than an aluminum blind.

When the blind is closed, holes are visible where the cords are. The slats aren’t tight against each other. And there’s space on both sides of the blind where air can flow. All these issues make blinds less energy efficient compared to quality plantation shutters.

They Accentuate The Shape Of Your Window

Another thing to think about is that a rectangle is the only shape blinds come in. And if your window are octagonal, circular, arched, or triangular, blinds will cover up the shape rather than highlight it.

Plantation shutters on the other hand are perfect for specialty shaped windows. They are custom made to every angle, corner, and arch. The finished shutters is a functional window treatment that looks stunning and makes the window shape pop.

They Give Your Home A Custom Look

Yes, you can get blinds in a wide variety of colors, textures, and finishes. They can even be cordless and motorized. But no matter what combination you choose, blinds don’t have the custom look that shutters have.

Plantation shutters in Colorado Springs come in reclaimed wood, Polywood, and Ovation® wood. And there’s 300,000+ ways to customize these window treatments to fit your style.

Shutters are usually installed with a frame that accentuates the corners of the window and highlights the shutter panels. These plantation shutters make a fashion statement in and of themselves. And they become a permanent feature that increases your home’s appraisal value.

One unique idea for custom window treatments isshutters made from reclaimed wood. No two shutter panels - no two shutter louvers - have the same colors, marks, or holes. It’s the ultimate custom window treatment you’ve been looking for in the Colorado Springs area.

Schedule A Consultation Before You Purchase Window Treatments In Colorado Springs

The first step in choosing the best window treatments is doing your research. It’s helped you figure out the differences between blinds and plantation shutters. So before you order window treatments, schedule a consultation with one of our experts in Colorado Springs. We’ll bring samples of products right to your doorstep and help you in picking the one that works best for your windows. Call 303-625-6431 or fill out the form below to get started!