Debunking More Plantation Shutter Myths

Curtis Orton

The San Jose shutter pros have debunked a few shutter myths before. On our previous myth-busting binge, we tackled some of the most common misunderstandings people have about plantation shutters in San Jose.

Well, the Sunburst Shutters San Jose pros are back to set it straight on a few more myths we’ve been hearing from shutter-buyers in and around California. Let’s get started.

Myth: “Plantation shutters don’t look good in anything except Southern homes.”

When some homeowners hear the phrase “plantation shutters,” their minds typically conjure the image of a huge, elegant southern mansion surrounded by fields. Although it’s true that the shutters are named for that particular place and time, plantation shutters in fact had huge popularity much earlier and much later than 19th Century Southern America.

San Jose pink living room with shutters 
Plantation shutters probably picked up that name because they were in just about every house in the south back then. Because of their immense popularity there–with their ability to keep homes cool during hot summers, and offering fantastic views for those huge houses–the name stuck.

However, plantation shutters can give those exact same benefits to any home, no matter its style or location. Craftsman style houses can use shutters, just as Victorian homes, Prairie houses, and even beach houses can.

Myth: “My home‘s style won’t work with shutters.”

Because plantation shutters have enjoyed widespread use over several decades, some homeowners may have gotten the impression that shutters may look somewhat stale. We’ve worked with a customer previously who claimed that their home was “too distinct” to install shutters, which was a tad confusing–since shutters are the one window treatment that can accentuate any style.

San Jose man cave with shutters
Shutters are adaptable to any type of design, from stylish living room to cozy man cave. And don’t forget, shutters are still used to this day for a reason: they just don’t go out of style. Buy a set of the newest and trendiest curtains and they’ll likely be passé in 18 months. Shutters stay stunning and elegant for decades, especially when you choose high quality Polywood plantation shutters.

Myth: “Blinds and shutters are pretty much the same thing.”

For some reason, there happens to be a lot of confusion over the difference between blinds and shutters. It might have to do with the confusion between “slats” and “louvers,” or perhaps the similar basic shape causes it. No matter the reason, shutters and blinds couldn’t be more different. Here’s the basic breakdown of the two.

What’s the difference?



Can block out whole window134




Hangs from cord

Solid frame attached136 to window frame

How long will they last?

Usually break down or deteriorate after 2-3 years.

Will usually last 20+ years.

Permanent or temporary?



Adds to value of the home?



Energy Efficiency


Can block up to 50% of heat from the sun.

Can they fit non-square windows?



What are the horizontal parts called?



Myth: “All window coverings are basically the same in energy efficiency.”

As the “Blinds vs. Shutters” table shows, window coverings can vary tremendously on how energy efficient they are. The shape, material, and construction can all have a big impact in how energy efficient a window treatment is.

At the bottom rung of energy efficiency is leaving your window completely bare. Offering just a little more energy efficiency are your everyday department store mini blinds. More energy efficient than those are draperies and heavier fabric window treatments. Getting into somewhat noticeable territory we have most wood shutters and cellular shades, made to offer sun-blocking protection and heat reduction. But at the very top of the mountain are Polywood plantation shutters, constructed to both reflect and block thermal heat from moving through your window.

No More Shutter Myths

If you feel like you’re drowning in an ocean of misinformation when it comes to shutters, we can throw you a lifeline. Call Sunburst Shutters San Jose today at 408-831-3373 to speak to one of our experts and schedule a complimentary in-home consultation to find your perfect shutter or window treatment today.