Shutters, sometimes referred to as plantation shutters is a very popular look and timeless trend for Florida homes.  Shutters lend themselves very easily to a coastal look and can really add to the beach feel homeowners are trying to create here in East and Central Florida.  Many home and business owners from the Northeast or the Midwest are also very familiar with this type of window treatment, as it is very common throughout those regions of the country.  For US Blinds and many of our customers, they remain one of our absolute favorites, and are one of the more popular window coverings sold throughout the greater Orlando region. However, just because we love them, does not mean that they are for everyone. Here we will break down the pros and cons so that you can best decide whether they are right for you and your home.

CONS

HIGHER PRICE POINT
While shutters are not always the most expensive option when it comes to window coverings, they are on average several times the cost of a blind in the same size window. Shutters are definitely an investment for your home, as they are essentially considered furniture custom made for your windows. When budget is an issue, we have many clients who choose to just use shutters on their front elevation (the windows facing the street), and then finish decorating the remaining rooms with other kinds of window treatments, including draperies, cellular shades, roman shades or roller shades.

SHUTTERS ARE ALWAYS VISIBLE
We often have clients who love the ability to have a full view to the outside during the day allowing natural light to enter their home, and only want something covering their windows at night for privacy. If you are someone who wants a window covering product that can completely vanish from sight, shutters are probably not for you. While shutter panels can open and rest on the sides of a window, they are always visible—unlike a shade which can be raised and hidden in a cassette or valance.

TRICKY FOR TILT-IN WINDOWS
If you have tilt-in windows, shutters can inhibit their functionality. Technically, a shutter can still work with tilt-in windows, however, they must be mounted on the outside of your window opening. Many people prefer the flush look of shutters mounted to the inside frame of a window. With tilt-in windows, the only option to mount the shutter would be on the outside of the window frame, if you still want to preserve the feature of being able to tilt open your windows.

FURNITURE PLACEMENT CAN INHIBIT SHUTTER FUNCTION
If you plan on placing a piece of furniture in front of your window, shutters may not be the best option for you. In order to hinge open a shutter panel, you need at least the width of the panel to be clear in front. During consultations with clients, we always point out furniture placement when shutters are desired and may need to recommend other options if space is tight due to the close proximity of furniture to windows.

LEAD TIMES
If you are in a hurry to cover your windows, it’s important to note that shutters have the longest lead time of any other window covering. While most other products such as blinds and shades take around 2-3 weeks to arrive, shutters can take up to 6-8 weeks to manufacture, not including the time needed to schedule for installation. We always educate our clients who are building or moving into a new home lacking window coverings, they need to order their shutters well before the move in date, while only doing so after the windows have been trimmed and drywall has been completed. It’s best to be proactive in these situations, but thankfully we have disposable shades as a temporary fix when our clients need something on their windows while their shutters are being made.

PROS

INCREASE THE VALUE OF YOUR HOME
Shutters are the ONLY window covering product that actually increase the resale value of your home. Even if you are not planning on moving anytime soon, it is still something to consider. An investment now not only provides greater curb value, but will actually enhance the value of your home when it comes time to sell.  And with shutters, you are guaranteed years of use and enjoyment which means the actual cost to you as a homeowner is rather manageable when you factor in a planned lifespan of usually 10 to 15 years or more.

AESTHETIC QUALITY
While everyone has their own unique tastes, an overwhelming majority of people (especially here in the South) LOVE the look of shutters. They are timeless and never go out of style.  Due to the fact that they cannot be purchased off the shelf like some other window coverings, they offer a truly custom look. Whether your style is traditional, transitional, or contemporary, there is a shutter style to match. And as an added benefit, in contrast to a number of other window treatments, shutters look equally good when viewed from the street  as well as from the interior of your home.

DURABILITY
When you purchase quality
shutters for your home you are investing in something that should last you decades. There are no cords and strings that could potentially tangle and no fabrics that could stain or snag. Shutters are hardy products that can truly stand the test of time if cared for properly. Shutters typically have double the life of other window covering products, which makes it a no brainer as a good investment!

EASY TO CLEAN
If you are like most and want low maintenance fixtures, shutters are for you! They are extremely easy to maintain and clean. All you need is a Swiffer duster and you are good to go! Also, if something spills or splashes on your shutter it can easily be wiped away with a damp cloth.

VERSATILITY
When it comes to shutters, there are many design options available. From louver size, hinging, color, panel lift systems, the number of panels, the options are numerous. Additionally, shutters are a great option for large and/or odd shaped windows as well as doors. There literally is not a window that a shutter can’t cover. Rake windows, arched windows, circles, ovals, half round windows, quarter round windows, track systems for patio doors, and French doors…its ALL possible.  And you can be assured that US Blinds is the right company for your shutter project.

LIGHT CONTROL
Sunlight is easily manipulated by adjusting louvers on a shutter. Angle up, light goes up; angled down, light goes down; angled straight, light enters straight on into the room. Different size louvers provide varying view through as well. Generally speaking, smaller shutter slats work best on smaller windows, and conversely, larger shutter panel slats work best on larger window openings. And the lower the number of slats will mean more light entry coming into your space. If you wish to open your shutters completely and allow full sunlight that is possible as well with many shutter configurations. Additionally, if you desire complete darkness when shutters are closed you can achieve  almost total room darkening which may be especially important in a bedroom or media room.