More Shutter Myths Exposed

Darren Wong

The Honolulu shutter pros have debunked a few shutter myths previously. On our previous myth-debunking spree, we tackled some of the most common misunderstandings homeowners have regarding interior shutters in Honolulu.

This time, the Sunburst Shutters Honolulu team is back to set the record straight on a few more myths we’ve been hearing from shutter-buyers in and around HI. Let’s jump right in.

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

When some people hear the name “plantation shutters,” their minds typically conjure the image of a giant, sprawling southern mansion surrounded by plains. Although it’s true that they owe their name to that location and time, plantation shutters were seen commonly in homes way before and way after 19th Century Southern America.

Honolulu pink living room with shutters 
Plantation shutters probably gained that name because they were in just about every house in the south of the time. Because of their huge popularity there–due to their ability to block a huge amount of light and heat, as well as offering fantastic views for those gigantic houses–the name stuck.

Nevertheless, plantation shutters offer those very same perks to any home, no matter its style or location. Craftsman style houses can utilize shutters, just like Tudor homes, Prairie houses, and even lake houses can.

Myth #2: “My home‘s style won’t work with shutters.”

Because plantation shutters saw so much use over time, some people may have gotten the impression that shutters may look somewhat stale. We’ve heard a customer say before that their space was “too eclectic” for shutters, which was a tad confusing–since shutters are just about the only window treatment that can complement any style.

Honolulu man cave with shutters
Interior shutters are adaptable to any type of design, from stylish parlor to relaxed man cave. And don’t forget, shutters have been popular for so long for a reason: they’re always in style. Get a set of the latest and trendiest blinds and they’ll look outdated in 18 months. Shutters stay bright, bold and beautiful for decades, especially when you get patented Polywood plantation shutters.

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

For some reason, there seems to be some confusion over the difference between shutters and blinds. Perhaps it has to do with homeowners conflating “slats” and “louvers,” or perhaps the similar basic shape causes it. No matter the reason, shutters and blinds really couldn’t be further apart on the window treatment spectrum. Here’s the basic breakdown of the two.

The difference



Are able to block out whole window134




Dangles from cord

Solid frame mounted on to window jamb


Will wear down or deteriorate after 2-3 years.

Can usually last 20+ years.

Permanent or temporary?



Adds to value of the home?



Energy Efficiency


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

Specialty Windows


Can fit any specialty shape windows.

What are the horizontal parts called?



Myth: “All window coverings offer basically the same energy efficiency.”

As the “Blinds vs. Shutters” table above mentions, window treatments can vary by a wide margin on how much energy efficiency they offer. The structure, material, and finish will all have a big impact in how much energy efficiency a window treatment offers.

No window treatment on your window means no energy efficiency added whatsoever. Offering only slightly more energy efficiency are your everyday department store aluminum blinds. Up a little further on the spectrum are drapes and sturdy fabric window coverings. Getting into somewhat noticeable territory we have typical wood shutters and honeycomb shades, made to offer thermal protection and heat reduction. But the real king of the hill in energy efficiency is Polywood plantation shutters, designed to both reflect and block sunlight and outside heat from passing into your home.

No More Shutter Myths

If you feel as if you’re drowning in a sea of half truths when it comes to window treatments, we can throw you a lifeline. Call Sunburst Shutters Honolulu today at 808-797-2004 to talk to one of our experts and set up a free in-home consultation to find your perfect shutter or window treatment today.