Plantation Shutters vs. Shades: Which Is Better?
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Plantation Shutters vs. Shades: Which Is Better?

If you're seeking window treatments that are both stylish and convenient, plantation shutters may be the perfect choice. Shutters can be customized to match your home's color scheme and style, as well as provide protection from UV rays and noise pollution. Plantation shutters are also energy efficient, which will help lower your monthly utility bills.

Having said that, if you want a more traditional style, shades could be better for you. Shades can be personalized in hundreds of colors, patterns and textures. And they give off a warm, welcoming glow in certain lighting conditions. With so many options available now it's difficult to decide on just one window treatment!

Over the years, Louver Shop of Ft. Lauderdale has aided many homeowners with selecting and customizing window treatments. With your vision and our expertise, we're sure to find a solution together. We'll start with a free, in-home consultation where you can check out samples up close, from the comfort of your living room. Then your local design consultant will be with you every step of the way, from your free quote to professional installation.

For now, let's compare plantation shutters vs. shades so you can learn more about the unique features of these window treatments.

What Are Plantation Shutters?

Plantation shutters are considered hard window treatments, since they're made from either wood or faux wood. They're often white but are also available in a variety of stains.

Plantation shutters have wide louvers that are operated by a tilt bar, allowing you to customize the amount of light in your rooms. Unlike other window treatments, shutters are permanently installed to the window frame.

What's the Difference Between Blinds and Plantation Shutters?

The terms plantation blinds and plantation shutters are frequently used interchangeably when talking about window coverings. But window blinds and plantation shutters have several big differences. Let's review them so you can find the right style for your home.

Budget and Personal Style

Both are a beautiful window treatment. But what works best for your home depends on your personal taste, interior design, existing décor and budget. Our custom-made plantation shutters are a high-quality product made to last a lifetime, while blinds can fit a wider range of budgets. Horizontal blinds are also available in a few different materials, including wood, faux wood and aluminum.

Louver Size

Both use vertical slats. But plantation shutters have much bigger and thicker louvers than horizontal blinds. These widths range from 2 1/2" to 4 1/2" and can be customized based on the design you choose.

Pull Cord vs. Tilt Bar

Blinds are often adjusted with a pull cord, while plantation shutters use a tilt bar that makes it possible for you to let in varying levels of natural light. This makes window shutters a better choice for homes with small children or pets, since they don't use dangling, long cords that can be a safety hazard.

Window Size and Shape

Plantation shutters are great for a wide variety of window sizes and shapes, from large windows to specialty shapes. Real wood shutters are best for the largest windows, because they're lightweight.

Light Control and Room Darkening

Plantation shutters provide the most light control. Unlike blinds, they can provide a full room-darkening effect. They're able to supply superior light blockage and your desired level of natural light since they're mounted within the window frame.

While horizontal blinds give some relief from the high temps, window shutters offer the best energy efficiency. This is true whether you choose a real wood or faux wood style. They help keep you more comfortable by stopping energy loss at the window, where your home loses the most air. This may even help decrease your energy bill!

What Are Shades?

Shades are soft window treatments made from fabric, vinyl or woven wood. Our designer shades from Hunter Douglas are available in various colors and styles, like sheer shades, honeycomb shades, Roman shades and roller and solar shades. Some shades are on a continuous roll while others fold into orderly pleats when raised.

Roller shades have the biggest selection of fabric to choose from, including sheer fabric allowing more light coming through but less privacy. Roman shades bring a more elegant appearance, while honeycomb and roller and solar shades offer the greatest energy efficiency.

Which Window Treatments Are Best for My Home?

This answer depends on a couple of things, like your budget and home décor style. Here are a couple of points to take into account that will help you narrow down the selection process.

Most Customizable

Winner: Tie

With Louver Shop of Ft. Lauderdale, your plantation shutters will be just like you envision them. You’ll have your option of wood or faux wood, plus louver size, color and more.

Just like our premium shutters, our Hunter Douglas shades are manufactured just for your home. When you partner with Louver Shop of Ft. Lauderdale you’ll have access to all the most current fabrics, colors and patterns you need to elevate your home. You can view samples of our innovative shades from the comfort of your couch during your free, in-home consultation.

Smart Home Automation

Winner: Shades

Whether your shades are on big windows, hard-to-reach windows or you just don’t like the look of long cords, PowerView® makes it even easier to move your shades. You’ll be able to move your window treatments with a tap of your smartphone or with a voice command via Amazon Alexa, Siri® on your Apple device or Google Assistant.

Versatility

Winner: Plantation Shutters

You’re limited with how much you can regulate your shades. With plantation shutters, you’ll be able to customize how much natural light comes through, from completely open to full blackout.

Energy Efficiency

Winner: Plantation Shutters

Plantation shutters are one of the best energy-efficient window treatments. Our LouverWood® shutters are crafted from an exclusive polymer that insulates up to three times better than wood. This material blocks heat, keeps you more comfortable and may even help reduce your energy bills.

A near second for energy efficiency is honeycomb shades. These shades have geometric chambers that trap air at the windows. The result is reduced heat transfer, better comfort and potentially cheaper heating and cooling bills.

Most Current

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You might not consider plantation shutters as a modern window treatment, since they’ve been around for many years. Available in contemporary neutrals like white, gray and brown, plantation shutters flatter a wide variety of home styles.

Designer Roller Shades or Designer Screen Shades are a great choice for minimalist homes. The Designer Roller is available in more than 400 fabrics, so you’re sure to find an option that complements your décor. Designer Screen is perfect for rooms with intense sunlight, as these shades block at least 75% of harmful UV rays when closed.

Light Filtering

Winner: Shades

Want to transform harsh sunlight into a cozy, welcoming glow? Look no further than sheer shades. You can customize the opacity of the fabric then enjoy the full convenience of blinds, which float between the shades. Sheer shades are available in horizontal and vertical styles so you can create a cohesive look across your home.

Blackout Capabilities

: Winner: Tie

Plantation shutters are valued for their blackout capabilities. Ours are able to provide superior light control because they’re custom made for your windows and installed within the frame.

Some Hunter Douglas shades are available with an integrated, room-darkening panel. That way, you can enjoy light filtering or blackout capability when you need it.

UV Defense

Winner: Shades

With Designer Screen Shades, you’ll be able to enjoy your surroundings while protecting your furniture, floorings and belongings from damaging sunlight. When down, these solar roller shades shut out 75% of UV light.

Start Creating Your Custom Window Treatments Now

Personalizing window treatments for your home shouldn’t feel stressful. It should be a pleasant and even fun experience. You’ll have a lot of styles and fabrics to review, but you’ll have expert support from your local Louver Shop of Ft. Lauderdale design consultant. We’ll be there to help, from your free, no-pressure quote to professional installation. Ready to begin? Give us a ring at 888-428-1415 to plan your consultation today.

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