More Shutter Myths Exposed10/10/2017Mike Horn Our New Brunswick shutter team has exposed a few shutter myths before. During our last myth-debunking spree, we exposed a few common misunderstandings people have about interior shutters in New Brunswick. Well, the Sunburst Shutters New Brunswick team is back to correct the record on a couple more myths we’ve been hearing from people around NJ. Let’s take a look. Myth: “Plantation shutters are for Southern houses.” When some homeowners hear the phrase “plantation shutters,” they immediately go to the image of a huge, sprawling southern mansion surrounded by fields. Although it’s true that the shutters owe their name to that location and time, plantation shutters enjoyed a lot of popularity way before and way after 19th Century Southern America. Plantation shutters probably picked up their name because they were so ubiquitous in southern homes of the time. Because of their huge popularity there–with their ability to block a huge amount of light and heat, and offering fantastic views for those gigantic houses–the name stayed. Nevertheless, plantation shutters offer those same features to any style of home. Craftsman style homes can use shutters, just like Tudor homes, Cape Cod houses, and even lake houses can. Myth: “My home is too distinct for shutters.” Because plantation shutters saw so much use over time, some people may have gotten the impression that shutters seem a little 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 likely the one and only window treatment that can match any style. Shutters are versatile and can work with any style, from modern lounge to cozy man cave. And don’t forget, there’s a reason shutters are still chosen all these years later: they don’t go out of style. Put in a set of the newest and most fashionable shades and they’ll look out of fashion in 18 months. Shutters stay stylish, chic, and fashion-forward year after year, especially when you install premier Polywood plantation shutters. Myth: “Blinds and shutters are basically the same.” For some reason, there happens to be some confusion over the difference between blinds and shutters. It might have to do with people confusing “louvers” and “slats,” or maybe there’s confusion because of their somewhat similar shapes. Regardless, shutters and blinds really couldn’t be further apart on the window treatment spectrum. Below is a basic breakdown of both. What’s the difference? Blinds Shutters Are able to block out whole window134 No Yes Structure Hangs from cord Solid frame attached136 to window frame Lifetime Can break down or deteriorate after 2-3 years. Can easily last 20+ years. Permanent or temporary? Temporary Permanent Can they increase home value? No Yes Energy Efficiency Minimal Can block up to 50% of heat from the sun. Can they fit unique shape windows? No Yes. What are the adjustable parts called? Slats Louvers Myth: “All window coverings are basically identical in energy efficiency.” As the “Blinds vs. Shutters” table illustrated, window treatments can differ tremendously on how energy efficient they are. The shape, material, and construction will 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 retail mini blinds. More energy efficient than those are draperies and heavier fabric window treatments. Going further into energy efficient territory are typical wood shutters and cellular shades, made to offer UV protection and heat reduction. But far beyond all of these are Polywood plantation shutters, designed to both reflect and block thermal heat from moving through your window. No More Shutter Myths If you feel like you’re drowning in a sea of misinformation when it comes to window treatments, we can toss you a lifeline. Call Sunburst Shutters New Brunswick today at 732-301-6168 to speak to one of our pros and schedule your complimentary in-home consultation to find your perfect shutter or window treatment today.