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Shutters vs. Blinds—What's Right for My Birmingham Home?

Want to update your window treatments in Birmingham but not sure where to start? We’ve studied the difference between two of our top sellers—custom plantation shutters and horizontal blinds.

Both have your windows covered for privacy and light control. But they have several distinct features.

White plantation shutters in a bathroom

Plantation Shutters

Plantation shutters have wide louvers. This classic window treatment is fixed on your window frame. They’re usually seen in white, off-white or natural stain colors. Or created in the color of your choosing.

While the louvers are managed by a visible or hidden tilt rod, the shutters can also open away from windows similar to a door.

They can be either:

  • Wood plantation shutters
  • Faux wood plantation shutters
  • Vinyl plantation shutters

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Wood blinds in a bathroom

Blinds

Blinds have slim slats built from metal, wood, fabric or similar materials. This cost-effective window treatment comes in a range of colors and materials.

Window blinds are often operated by a pull cord, although some types are cordless.

They’re created in styles like vertical blinds or horizontal blinds.

Wood horizontal blinds or faux wood horizontal blinds are sometimes referred to as plantation blinds because of their wide slats. 

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Find the Right Option for Your Space

We can help you decide on the right fit for your Birmingham home during a free, in-home consultation. Check out product samples, get your windows measured and receive our everything’s-included Louver Shop Complete Comfort Pricing quote at no fee. Or obligation.

Benefits of Louver Shop of Birmingham Plantation Shutters

Plantation shutters may look the same from manufacturer to manufacturer, but they’re not created the same. At Louver Shop of Birmingham, we’re proud to manufacture our window shutters here in the United States.

That means you’ll have your shutters more quickly—often in three weeks or less. And you’ll get a beautiful window treatment that will last a long time.

Learn more about the complete benefits of our shutters.

1. Premium Style Customized for Your Home

Our top-of-the-line plantation shutters are exceedingly customizable.

You can choose:

  • Louver width 
  • Materials like high-quality American hardwood or polymer, which is best for high-moisture areas like kitchens, bathrooms or laundry rooms 
  • Colors or natural stains* 
  • Design options, such as frame style, to complement any style of house

2. Better Energy Efficiency

Our shutters can help lower electricity bills. Save even more with LouverWood™, a state-of-the-art synthetic that insulates three times better than wood.

3. Guaranteed to Last

We back our shutters with one of the best warranties in the business.

We guarantee they won’t:

  • Warp
  • Bend
  • Crack
  • Peel
  • Discolor

4. Safe for Your Family

Plantation shutters have no cords, so you don’t have to worry if your household has young children or pets.

At Louver Shop of Birmingham, we use nontoxic, water-based finishes that are safe for your family and the environment.

Foreign-made shutters are often stained with paints high in volatile organic compounds, which can cause headaches and dizziness.

5. Painless Maintenance

Shutters are easy to clean with a duster or rag. Ours don’t require a lot of maintenance, because they’ll never require tightening or adjustment.

6. Increase Home Value

We created our quality shutters to last for decades. As a custom, permanent window treatment, they can also increase your home’s value.

Brown plantation shutters in a living room
 

How do Shutters Match Up to Blinds?

Interior shutters are an investment in your home and offer many benefits.

While window blinds are generally less expensive, you’ll need to replace them more frequently. They also don’t afford as much energy efficiency.

Request a Free Consultation Today

Get started by requesting a free consultation today! We’ll match you with a design consultant in Birmingham.

Your expert will help you select expertly crafted shutters right in the comfort of your living room. And provide you with measurements and a Louver Shop Complete Comfort Pricing quote—all at no cost or obligation.

*Available colors may vary by product. Please ask your Louver Shop of Birmingham design consultant for more information.

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