Are Plantation Shutters Better Than Curtains? | Louver Shop of Philadelphia
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Are Plantation Shutters Better Than Curtains?

Window treatments are an important part of any home. They can be used to make a space feel more modern or traditional, depending on your preference. There are many types of window treatments available today, but there are two that are the most well-liked by homeowners: curtains and plantation shutters.

Curtains are an affordable solution for people who want to cover their windows with something attractive. Plantation shutters offer the same visual benefits as curtains, plus they also help insulate your home against chilly drafts in the wintertime and hot air in the summertime.

We'll go over the pros and cons of each below so you can determine which one is best for you.

Pros of Plantation Shutters

  • They don't get outdated. Interior shutters have been around for a long time, and they'll continue to stick around.
  • They complement a wide variety of home styles. Whether your home is traditional, contemporary or somewhere in between, there's a shutter style that will go with your decor. While white or wood-colored stains are the most traditional, you'll also have the alternative to make your shutters stand out with bold colors like gray, bright red or deep blue.
  • They can be installed throughout your home for a cohesive appearance. Wood plantation shutters are ideal for large windows, since they're light. Solid polymer plantation shutters work well in rooms with a lot of heat or moisture, such as bathrooms or kitchens, or on south-facing windows.
  • They're highly customizable. With custom shutters, you'll be able to choose the louver size, color, frame style and more. Go with ultra-wide louvers for a contemporary look. Or smaller ones if you like a classic style.
  • They can be fitted to just about any window, such as sidelights, arched windows and even patio doors. If you select custom plantation shutters, you'll receive a fantastic fit throughout your home, even on custom or unique windows.
  • They're extremely energy efficient. Your windows are your home's main source of energy loss, but plantation shutters can help you keep heating and cooling where it belongs. They help you save energy through the way they're placed on windows, their design and their materials.
  • They deliver a significant level of light control. A tilt bar adjusts the louvers, allowing in as little or as much light as you want. Because shutters fit securely against the window, you can also achieve a blackout effect for bedrooms or home cinemas.
  • They'll last a lifetime, if you choose the correct ones. Quality plantation shutters, such as custom ones manufactured in the United States, are sturdy and will often last for a lifetime.
  • They may boost your home's value. Custom-made shutters are very attractive to potential buyers.
  • They're easy to clean. Occasionally dusting and wiping down your plantation shutters with a soft, damp rag will keep them looking gorgeous for many years.
  • They don't need much maintenance. Top-quality shutters have features that keep staples from loosening and maintain proper tension, so you won't need to do much maintenance79 other than keeping them clean.

Cons of Plantation Shutters

  • They can be expensive. Custom plantation shutters are a premium window treatment designed to last a lifetime, and the price reflects that.
  • They can yellow as time passes. If you purchase the wrong plantation shutters, sunlight can cause their finish to crack or yellow. You can avoid this problem by selecting a company that uses premium paint and includes a warranty for the finish.
  • They can droop. Ready-made plantation shutters manufactured overseas tend to lose their shape as time goes by. This is caused by hollow louvers. A quality shutter manufacturer uses solid louvers and will warranty against this issue.
  • They may need to be tightened. This problem is more common with cheaper shutters. Premium ones will never need to be tightened or adjusted.

Pros of Curtains

  • They're inexpensive. Curtains are much less expensive than plantation shutters.
  • They're easy to install. You can typically install curtain rods and curtains on your own.

Cons of Curtains

  • They go out of style fast. Trends change each year, so it's easy for curtains to start looking dated.
  • They can be hard to move. This is particularly true for large or floor-to-ceiling windows.
  • They can impede with furniture. Long curtains can be an issue if you have furniture nearby and using shorter curtains can look awkward on certain windows.
  • They don't look good on certain windows and doors. Curtains aren't a good match for arched windows, sidelights, French doors or sliding glass doors.
  • They don't offer as much light management. It's harder to control how much light you allow in. If you're searching for a blackout effect, you still might have light leaking through the top or the sides of the curtains.
  • They aren't energy efficient. Curtains offer very low energy efficiency due to of their design, material and the way they fit around windows.
  • They're hard to clean. Curtains get dusty quickly and can harbor allergens. While some styles may be washable, others might require specialty or dry cleaning.
  • They can yellow or lose color over time. Unless your curtain fabric includes UV protection, sunlight can bleach them.

Can’t Decide on the Right Window Treatment? We Can Help!

Now that you are aware of the distinctions between plantation shutters and curtains, you'll be able to better think over your choices for window treatments. If custom plantation shutters are what you're after, we can assist you with that too! Contact us at 888-428-1415 to request your free, in-home consultation with one of our designers. With your vision and our expertise, we'll be able to make your dream of a beautiful home happen.


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