Why Some Homeowners In San Jose Confuse Plantation Blinds And Plantation Shutters

Curtis Orton

When San Jose homeowners call us for an estimate, they may mistakenly ask for plantation blinds. They don’t realize that plantation blinds isn’t the right name of the window treatment they‘re thinking of.

That’s because when people say “plantation blinds”, they‘re referring to plantation shutters.

“Plantation” is used interchangeably with interior shutters. Blinds aren’t. And the term “plantation” refers to the size and style of the horizontal louvers.

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

Even some blind companies call blinds “plantation,” but that word has been associated with custom interior louvered shutters. Plantation shutters can be mistaken for blinds at a glance. But the differences between these two window treatments are many.

How Plantation Shutters Are Different From Blinds

Blinds covering the windows of a modern kitchen
Plantation shutters covering a kitchen window 

Plantation Shutters Last Longer Than Blinds

Premium plantation shutters can be built from hardwood, reclaimed wood, or a synthetic wood. Any of these materials result in a sturdy window treatment that outlasts blinds by decades. And when your shutters are painted with UV stabilizers, their color won’t fade.

In contrast to shutters, blinds may have a rod to move the slats. And they have a series of cords to hold the slats up. These two components, in addition to the thin slats, are notorious for breaking.

Blinds don’t give you control over brightness and temperature. And they tend 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 wood and synthetic wood louvers, are known to be the most energy efficient window treatment in San Jose. And it’s Polywood®’s exclusive weatherstripping that’s made to help block off airflow. That’s how Polywood is 1600% more energy efficient than an aluminum blind.

When you close a blind, the slats aren’t tight against each other. There’s space on both sides of the blind where air can flow. And there are holes where the cords are. These problems make blinds less energy efficient than quality plantation shutters that close with minimal gaps.

They Accentuate The Shape Of Your Window

Another thing to think about is that the only shape blinds are available in is rectangular. And when you have windows that are triangular, octagonal, circular, or arched, blinds will cover up the shape rather than highlight it.

Plantation shutters however are perfect for specialty shaped windows. They are custom made to account for every corner, arch, and angle. The completed product is a window treatment that makes the window shape pop, operates smoothly, and looks stunning.

They Give Your House A Custom Look

You can buy blinds in an array of textures, finishes, and colors. They can even be motorized and cordless. But no matter how you mix and match their options, blinds don’t look as custom as shutters do.

Plantation shutters in San Jose are available in Ovation® wood, reclaimed wood, and Polywood. And there’s over 300,000 ways to customize these window treatments to match your décor.

Usually, shutters are installed with a frame that accentuates the corners and highlights the shutter panels. These shutters make a fashion statement in and of themselves. And as a permanent fixture, they increase your home’s appraisal value.

An example of an unique way for custom window treatments is plantationshutters built from reclaimed wood. No two shutter louvers - no two shutter panels - have the same colors, marks, or holes. It’s the ultimate custom window treatment you’ve been looking for in the San Jose area.

Schedule A Consultation Before You Buy Window Coverings In San Jose

Doing your research is the first step in choosing the best window treatments. It’s helped you figure out the differences between blinds and plantation shutters. So before you order window treatments, set up a consultation with one of our team members in San Jose. We’ll bring product samples right to your house and walk you through ordering the one that works best for your windows. Contact us at 408-831-3373 or fill out the form below to get started!