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

Window treatments are an important part of any room. They can be used to make a space seem more modern or traditional, depending on your preference. There are many kinds 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 option for people who want to cover their windows with something attractive. Plantation shutters provide the same aesthetic 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 decide which one is best for you.

Pros of Plantation Shutters

  • They don't go out of style. Interior shutters have been used for many years, and they'll continue to stick around.
  • They complement a wide range 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 conventional, 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 look. Wood plantation shutters are great for large windows, because 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 very 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 narrower ones if you love a classic style.
  • They can be fitted to just about any window, including sidelights, arched windows and even patio doors. If you choose custom plantation shutters, you'll get a great fit throughout your home, even on custom or specialty windows.
  • They're extremely energy efficient. Your windows are your home's primary 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 high level of light control. A tilt bar controls the louvers, allowing in as little or as much light as you desire. Because shutters fit tightly against the window, you can also attain a blackout effect for bedrooms or home cinemas.
  • They'll last a lifetime, if you buy the right ones. Quality plantation shutters, such as custom ones produced in the United States, are durable and will often last for a lifetime.
  • They may boost your home's value. Custom-made shutters are very appealing to prospective buyers.
  • They're easy to clean. Occasionally dusting and wiping down your plantation shutters with a soft, wet rag will keep them looking beautiful for many years.
  • They don't need much upkeep. Top-quality shutters have features that keep staples from pulling out 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 demonstrates that.
  • They can yellow as time passes. If you buy inexpensive plantation shutters, sunlight can cause their paint to crack or yellow. You can prevent this problem by choosing a company that uses quality paint and offers a warranty for the finish.
  • They can sag. Ready-made plantation shutters made overseas have a tendency to lose their shape as time goes by. This is caused by empty louvers. A quality shutter manufacturer uses solid louvers and will warranty against this problem.
  • They may need tightening. 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 quickly. Styles come and go each year, so it's easy for curtains to start looking outdated.
  • They can be hard to adjust. This is especially true for tall 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 an ideal fit for arched windows, sidelights, French doors or sliding glass doors.
  • They don't provide as much light management. It's harder to control how much light you let in. If you're looking 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 because of their design, material and the way they hang around windows.
  • They're difficult 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 has UV protection, sunlight can bleach them.

Can’t Choose 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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