Exposing More Shutter Myths

Neil Blackwelder

Our Charlotte shutter team has exposed a few shutter myths in the past. On our previous myth-debunking trip, we tackled a few common misconceptions people have regarding interior shutters in Charlotte.

This time, the Sunburst Shutters Charlotte experts are back to correct the record on a couple more myths we’ve heard from shutter-buyers in and around NC. Let’s jump right in.

Myth: “Plantation shutters don’t look good in anything except Southern houses.”

When some people see the name “plantation shutters,” they stick to the image of a giant, sprawling southern house surrounded by plains. Though it’s true that they are named for that particular place and time, plantation shutters were actually popular much earlier and much later than 19th Century Southern America.

Charlotte pink living room with shutters 
Plantation shutters likely 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 protect the home interior from intense heat, and offering great views for those gigantic houses–the name stuck.

Nevertheless, plantation shutters can give those very same features to any home, no matter its style or location. Craftsman style houses can use shutters, just as Colonial homes, Prairie houses, and even cottage houses can.

Myth #2: “My house is too distinct for shutters.”

Because plantation shutters have enjoyed widespread use over several decades, some homeowners might think that shutters can seem somewhat boring. A previous customer once told us that they thought that their home was “too distinct” to install shutters, which was a tad confusing–since shutters are likely the one and only window treatment that can mesh with any style.

Charlotte man cave with shutters
Plantation shutters are versatile and can work with any style, from stylish living room to fun man cave. And don’t forget, shutters have been popular for so long for a reason: they don’t go out of style. Put in a set of the newest and trendiest shades and they’ll look passé in 18 months. Shutters stay stylish, chic, and fashion-forward for decades, especially when you get high quality Polywood plantation shutters.

Myth #3: “Blinds and shutters are just about the same.”

For some reason, there seems to be a lot of confusion over the difference between shutters and blinds. Maybe it has to do with the confusion between “louvers” and “slats,” or it’s the similarity in shape that causes the confusion. Either way, shutters and blinds couldn’t be more different. Here’s the basic breakdown of the two.

The difference



Can they block out the entire window?




Suspended from cord

Solid frame mounted on to window frame


Usually break down or deteriorate after 2-3 years.

Can usually last 20+ years.

Permanent or temporary?



Increases home value



Energy Efficiency


Can block up to 50% of heat from the sun.

Specialty Windows



What are the adjustable parts called?



Myth: “All window treatments are similar in energy efficiency.”

Like the “Blinds vs. Shutters” table shows, window coverings can vary by a wide margin on how energy efficient they are. The structure, material, and construction can 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 slightly more energy efficiency are your everyday retail aluminum blinds. More energy efficient than those are drapes and heavier fabric window coverings. Going further into energy efficient territory we have the majority of wood shutters and cellular shades, made to offer sun-blocking protection and heat reduction. But the real king of the hill in energy efficiency is Polywood plantation shutters, constructed to both reflect and block heat from the sun from moving through your window.

No More Shutter Myths

If you feel like you’re swimming in an ocean of inaccurate info regarding window treatments, we can throw you a lifeline. Call Sunburst Shutters Charlotte today at 980-231-1116 to speak to one of our experts and set up a free in-home consultation to find your perfect shutter or window treatment today.