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Comparing Window Treatments: Blinds, Shades, and Shutters

Updating the window treatments in your home is one of the easiest ways to give any space within in it a dramatic makeover. But what kind of window treatments should you choose? Simple bamboo blinds paired with floor-to-ceiling curtains is a perfect option for adding function and elegance to a room. If you’re looking for a cleaner, more contemporary update, maybe plantation shutters are your best option. Whatever your vision, you can find the perfect window treatment to match. Check out our list of pros and cons for blinds, shades, and shutters, and click on the category headers to learn more about our offerings of each:

+   Blinds come in a variety of styles and colors and are relatively inexpensive, allowing you to easily change them out with your changing tastes and style.

+   Blinds are easily adjustable for light and ventilation to suit your needs as the seasons change.

+   You can adjust (horizontal) blinds so that you can see out and let light in without sacrificing your privacy.

–    Blinds are only minimally efficient when it comes to controlling your homes energy loss through its windows.

+   Shades come in all kinds of shapes, sizes, and styles–bamboo, vinyls, decorative fabric textures and prints, etc.–from which you can pick and choose to compliment your home’s decor.

+   Shades can be incredibly energy efficient. Honeycomb shades, for example, feature a layered design that traps air inside individual cells (honeycombs), creating a highly effective temperature transfer barrier between your windows and the rest of your home.

+   Most shades have optional liners that provide additional room-darkening, increased privacy, and a neutral appearance to your home’s exterior.

–    Shades are energy efficient, but they need to be fully drawn to be effective. Taking full advantage of their energy conservation powers can mean sacrificing your view, and opting for a view can mean sacrificing your privacy.

+   Interior shutters are one of the most energy efficient window treatment options available. Installed properly, shutters fit snugly against your window, creating an effective barrier between your home and the outside world’s heat, cold, and sound.

+   Shutters are sturdy—typically made of wood, engineered wood, or vinyl, all good insulators—and easy to clean.

+   Much like blinds, shutters offer considerable control over how much light they let in, and they can be adjusted to provide a view of the outside without letting the outside see in.

+   Quality shutters will stand the test of time, and can add value to your home. Click here for five more reasons you’ll love shutters for your windows.

–   We couldn’t really think of any drawbacks of shutters… Perhaps the only negative is that you don’t have them in your home already!

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Contact Steve Dannenmueller, the Authority on Shutters, Blinds, & Closets.

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