Shutters vs. Blinds—What's Best for My Pittsburgh Home?

Want to redo your window treatments in Pittsburgh but not sure where to begin? We’ve studied the difference between two of our most popular styles—custom plantation shutters and horizontal blinds.

Both have your home covered for privacy and light control. But they have several differentiating features.

White plantation shutters in a bathroom

Plantation Shutters

Plantation shutters have wide louvers. This premium window treatment mounts on your window frame. They’re usually seen in white, off-white or natural stain colors. Or matched to the color of your choosing.

While the louvers are moved by a visible or hidden tilt rod, the shutters can also open away from windows much like a door.

They’re available as either:

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

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Wood blinds in a bathroom

Blinds

Blinds have thin slats created from metal, wood, fabric or other materials. This economical window treatment comes in a variety of colors and materials.

Window blinds are usually handled by a pull cord, although some styles are cordless.

They’re made 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 House

We can help you discover the right fit for your Pittsburgh 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 cost. Or obligation.

Benefits of Louver Shop Plantation Shutters

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

That means you’ll have your shutters quicker—often in three weeks or less. And you’ll get a gorgeous window treatment that will last for a long time to come.

Learn more about the many benefits of our shutters.

1. Premium Style Customized for Your Home

Our premium plantation shutters are exceptionally customizable.

You can choose:

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

2. Improved Energy Efficiency

Our shutters can help curb electricity bills. Save even more with LouverWood™, a modern synthetic that insulates three times better than wood.

3. Guaranteed to Last

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

We guarantee they won’t:

  • Warp
  • Bend
  • Crack
  • Peel
  • Discolor

4. Safe for Your Family

Plantation shutters are cord-free, so you don’t have to worry if your family has small children or pets.

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

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

5. Easy Maintenance

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

6. Increase Home Value

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

Brown plantation shutters in a living room
 

How do Shutters Stand Up to Blinds?

Interior shutters are an investment in your home and offer a number of benefits.

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

Request a Free Consultation Today

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

Your professional will help you choose 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 design consultant for more information.

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