More Plantation Shutter Myths Debunked

Tyson Williams

The shutter pros have debunked a few shutter myths previously. On our previous myth-busting trip, we looked at some of the most common misconceptions people have about plantation shutters.

Well, the Sunburst Shutters experts are back to correct the record on a couple more myths we’ve heard from homeowners. Let’s take a look.

Myth #1: “Plantation shutters only work in Southern homes.”

When some homeowners see the words “plantation shutters,” they typically conjure the image of a giant, sprawling southern house surrounded by hills. Although it’s true that they owe their name to that location and time, plantation shutters enjoyed a lot of popularity way before and way after 19th Century Southern America.

San Diego pink living room with shutters 
Plantation shutters probably picked up their name because they were commonly found in nearly every home at the time. Because of their immense popularity in the south–due to their ability to keep homes cool during hot summers, as well as offering excellent views for those sprawling houses–the name just stuck.

However, plantation shutters can give those very same perks to any home, no matter its style or location. Craftsman style houses can use shutters, just as Colonial homes, Mid-Century Modern houses, and even beach houses can.

Myth #2: “My house‘s style won’t work with shutters.”

Because plantation shutters saw so much use over time, some people may have gotten the impression that shutters can seem a little boring. We’ve heard a customer say before that their house was “too distinct” to install shutters, which was a tad confusing–since shutters are probably the only window treatment that can mesh with any style.

San Diego man cave with shutters
Interior shutters are versatile and can work with any style, from chic lounge to fun man cave. And remember, there’s a reason shutters are still so popular: they’re always in style. Buy a set of the newest and trendiest blinds and they’ll look dated in 18 months. Shutters stay bright, bold and beautiful year after year, especially when you get patented Polywood plantation shutters.

Myth #3: “Shutters and blinds are basically the same thing.”

For some reason, there’s some confusion over the difference between shutters and blinds. Maybe it has to do with homeowners conflating “slats” and “louvers,” or maybe there’s confusion because of their somewhat similar shapes. No matter the reason, blinds and shutters really couldn’t be further apart on the window treatment spectrum. Below is a basic breakdown of both.

The difference



Can they block out the entire window?




Hangs from cord

Solid frame mounted on to window frame

How long will they last?

Usually wear down or fall apart after 2-3 years.

Will usually last 20+ years.

Permanent or temporary?



Increases home value



Energy Efficiency


Can block up to 30 degrees of outside temperature.

Specialty Windows

Can only fit rectangular windows.

Can fit any specialty shape windows.

What are the horizontal parts called?



Myth #4: “All window coverings offer about the same energy efficiency.”

As the “Blinds vs. Shutters” table above mentions, window treatments can vary tremendously on how much energy efficiency they offer. The structure, material, and construction will all play a huge part in how energy efficient a window treatment can be.

On the lowest end of the spectrum you have no window treatment whatsoever. Offering only a tiny bit more energy efficiency are your typical retail aluminum blinds. More energy efficient than those are drapes and sturdy fabric window coverings. Going further into energy efficient territory we have typical wood shutters and cellular shades, built to offer thermal protection and heat reduction. But dwarfing all of these other window treatments are Polywood plantation shutters, made to both reflect and block outside temperature from moving through your window.

No More Shutter Myths

If you feel like you’re swimming in a sea of inaccurate info regarding shutters, we want to toss you a lifeline. Call Sunburst Shutters today at 760-405-8887 to talk to one of our experts and schedule a complimentary in-home consultation to find your perfect shutter or window treatment today.