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

If you're searching for window treatments that are both elegant 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 give protection from UV rays and noise pollution. Plantation shutters are also energy efficient, which will help lower your monthly utility bills.

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

Through the years, Louver Shop of Savannah has aided many homeowners with choosing 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.

In the meantime, let's review 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, because they're manufactured from either wood or faux wood. They're often white but are also available in a variety of stains.

Plantation shutters have broad 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 some big differences. Let's review them so you can choose the ideal style for your home.

Budget and Personal Preferences

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 premium product designed to last a lifetime, while blinds can fit a broader range of budgets. Horizontal blinds also come in a few other 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 usually controlled by a pull cord, while plantation shutters have a tilt bar that makes it possible for you to let in different levels of natural light. This makes window shutters a better option for homes with small children or pets, since they don't have 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, since they're lightweight.

Light Control and Room Darkening

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

While horizontal blinds offer 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 reduce your energy bill!

What Are Shades?

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

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

Which Window Treatments Are Best for My Home?

This answer depends on a couple of things, such as 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 Savannah, your plantation shutters will look just like you imagine them. You’ll have your choice of wood or faux wood, plus louver dimensions, color and more.

Similar to our superior shutters, our Hunter Douglas shades are manufactured just for your home. When you partner with Louver Shop of Savannah 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 sofa 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 appearance of long cords, PowerView® makes it even simpler to adjust 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.

Convenience

Winner: Plantation Shutters

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

Energy Efficiency

Winner: Plantation Shutters

Plantation shutters are one of the most 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 comfier and may even help lower your energy bills.

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

Most Modern

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

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

Light Filtering

Winner: Shades

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

Blackout Capabilities

: Winner: Tie

Plantation shutters are prized for their blackout capabilities. Ours are able to provide superior light control because they’re customized for your windows and installed inside the frame.

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

UV Protection

Winner: Shades

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

Start Creating Your Custom Window Treatments Now

Personalizing window treatments for your home shouldn’t feel difficult. It should be an enjoyable and even fun experience. You’ll have a lot of styles and fabrics to look at, but you’ll have expert support from your local Louver Shop of Savannah design consultant. We’ll be there to help, from your free, no-pressure quote to professional installation. Ready to get started? Give us a ring at 888-428-1415 to schedule your consultation today.

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