Blinds vs Shutters: The Conclusive Comparison Between Blinds and Shutters Given the choice between blinds and shutters, which window treatment is the right solution for your Southern California home? There’s only one way to find out: compare them! Blinds are a traditional window treatment that have been covering windows in Southern California for as long as memory serves. And shutters are a contemporary window treatment that has burst into popularity in the past 20 years. Let’s explore how these two window treatment veterans go up against each other when it comes to durability, energy efficiency, cleaning, special window shapes, and home resale value. Styles Blinds are available in metal, hardwood, faux wood, and vertical styles. With over 300 colors and textures to choose from, blinds give you the chance to match your window treatments to your style –right down to the pattern. Plantation shutters are available in Polywood® and Ovation® wood. We offer Polywood in three premium white paint colors – and a custom paint color program for tints of beige, yellow, and grey. Ovation wood shutters come in 28 wood stains and 11 paint colors. Durability When well kept, blinds last an average of 5 years. However, shutters can last more than 50 years. Energy Efficiency When closed, the thin slats on blinds don’t have much effect on blocking airflow and heat from outside. But shutters, with their thick louvers and made to order mounting, seal off the impact of the external weather. In fact, Polywood plantation shutters insulate up to 70% better than similar traditional wood shutters – and 1600% better than aluminum blinds! Cleaning Dusting the thin slats of blinds can be cumbersome – especially with the cords that run through from top to bottom. When plantation shutters are mounted with a hidden or rear-mount tilt rod, just tilt the large louvers back with your hand and wipe the louvers, unhindered. Special Window Shapes Traditional blinds can only be mounted on rectangular-shaped windows, not arched, circular, octagonal, or triangular windows. And blinds would only conceal the exquisite window you fell in love with when you bought the house, anyway. Shutters, however, can be custom-made to fit your windows perfectly, regardless of their shape, letting you have access to the view and control over privacy – while accentuating your specialty-shaped windows’ charm. Home Resale Value When your home is appraised for resale, all the permanent fixtures are examined. Blinds can be moved from one house to another, however shutters are custom-built and become part of your windows and home. As a matter of fact, they add value to your home not only by being a permanent asset, but also by being an energy-efficient one! We outlined the differences between blinds and shutters in this table for you. Choosing between the two window treatments is based on your style, your windows, and your budget. Blinds Shutters Styles Metal, Hardwood, Faux Wood, Vertical Polywood and Ovation Wood Durability Last about 5 years Last 50+ years Energy Efficiency Minimum Maximum Cleaning Difficult Easy Special Window Shapes N/A Customizable to fit any window shape Home Resale Value No effect Increases home resale value Between Blinds and Shutters, Which Is the Ideal Solution for You? It comes down to personal preference. And, when you’ve decided, we’ll be here to guide you through the process of designing them for your windows. Call us at 888-611-2474 or fill out the form below to schedule your free in-home consultation today!