Plantation Shutters or Blinds: Which should you choose for your windows?
Choosing between Plantation Shutters and Blinds depends on a variety of consumer preferences. The best way to make a decision is to be informed. So let’s define both Plantation Shutters and Blinds and describe the features unique to each.
Plantation shutters are a solid frame structure that can be mounted on the interior or exterior of windows, depending on their intended purpose. This article will be focusing on Plantation Shutters for interior windows. Because their building components promote longevity, they are considered permanent fixtures in the home. Shutters are the only window covering that add value to your home. Think of them as Shades Shutters Blinds does: furniture for your windows! Because of the widespread appeal of Plantation Shutters, (especially south of the Mason-Dixon line and in the Western US) they usually stay with the home when it is sold. Therefore, the cost of Plantation Shutters can be financed into the selling price of your home.
Plantation Shutters are not the only type of shutters. Plantation Shutters usually refer to shutters with larger panels and wider louvers (or slats) that cover the entire window. Traditional shutters, which have declined in popularity, usually only cover the bottom portion of a window and have smaller panels and narrower louvers. The Plantation Shutter allows homeowners much more flexibility in controlling the amount of light, air and noise they prefer entering their windows than the traditional shutter.
See how Plantation Shutters can add elegance and class to your windows and complete the “finishing touch” for the look of your room:
Blinds are considered more of a series of components, or parts, whereas Plantation Shutters are solid, durable structures. Shutters are typically made of solid materials, but blinds can be created from all kinds of mediums, from woven woods and fabrics to metals and woods. Blinds are easily customized in production and therefore they are available with a variety of different specifications and options. Blinds are typically divided into two major categories: vertical blinds and horizontal blinds. Horizontal blinds share many common features with shutters and are the preferred variety of blind for the majority of consumers. (Vertical blinds are most often associated with sliding doors.) Many homeowners find that blinds are easier to self-install than shutters. Although quality blinds can last for many years, they are not considered a permanent fixture in your home.
Depending on the type and quality of blinds, blinds typically start at lower price points than shutters. For the consumer on a budget, blinds may be the more economical choice. However, remember the long-term financial value of shutters: they increase the value of your home!
See how blinds can help control light and set the mood for any room in your home: