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Blinds and Shutters: The Ultimate Showdown

Blinds or shutters? The age-old question of window coverings. In this blog post, we break down the key differences in benefits, costs, and impact on home value and help you make the best decision for your home.

From energy efficiency to durability, we’ve got you covered

Blinds and shutters are a popular window covering option for many homeowners. They offer a range of benefits, including privacy, light control, and energy efficiency, and come in a variety of styles and materials to suit different tastes and budgets.

In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at the different types of blinds and shutters available on the market today, as well as compare the benefits, costs, ease of installation, and how they can add value to your home.

Blinds

Horizontal blind

One of the most common types of window coverings is the horizontal blind, which can be made from a variety of materials, including wood, aluminum, and vinyl.

These blinds have slats that can be tilted or raised to control light and privacy.

Vertical blind

Another popular type of blind is the vertical blind, which has long, vertical slats that can be turned to control light and privacy.

These blinds are often used in large windows or sliding glass doors.

Honeycomb blind

Another option is the cellular or honeycomb shades, also known as thermal blinds. They are made from a series of interconnected honeycomb-shaped cells that trap air to provide insulation. These shades are available in a wide range of colors and styles and can be cordless for child safety. They are known to be energy-efficient, and they can keep the room warm in the winter and cool in the summer. They are however more expensive than other blinds

Solar reflective blinds

A smart feature of the solar reflective blind is a pearlescent backing on the fabric which reflects both heat and light out of the room keeping it glare free and cool in the summer.

This means you can see your tv, protect your furniture and carpet from fading and enjoy a light and bright room!

They  reduce the heat gain and can therefore save you money on air conditioning and electric fans during the summer if you have a very hot room.

Shutters

Shutters are another popular window covering option. They are available in several different styles. While usually more expensive than blinds, shutters are seen by homeowners as a more durable and lasting option.

Plantation shutters

Plantation shutters,  have wide louvers and a classic, elegant look. Their unique structure makes them highly effective at preventing the flow of air between the interior and exterior of your home. This means that they can help to keep your home cool during the summer and warm during the winter by effectively blocking out heat and cold.

Traditional shutters

Traditional shutters, which have narrow louvers and a more traditional look. They are made from a variety of materials, including wood, vinyl, and composite. They are used to control light and privacy, and they also provide added security to a home. They are known to be more durable than blinds, and they can last for many years with proper maintenance.

Energy efficiency

Blinds and shutters help improve  the energy efficiency of a home.

  1.  They help to regulate the temperature inside the home.

  2. They trap air and provide insulation. 

  3.  They block out unwanted sunlight, which can help to reduce the amount of heat that enters the home during the summer. 

  4. They help reduce the need for air conditioning.

When comparing all blinds,  cellular -honeycomb also known as thermal shades are known to be more energy-efficient than other types of blinds.

Which adds more value?

When it comes to adding value to your home, both blinds and shutters can be a great investment. They can improve the overall aesthetic of your home, increase energy efficiency, and provide privacy and light control.

When comparing shutters to blinds, shutters take the lead in providing more value to a home. They are considered to be a better long term investment due to the following qualities:

  1. durable

  2. long-lasting

  3. a permanent fixture

  4. improved energy efficiency

  5. increased aesthetics

Conclusion

In conclusion, blinds and shutters are a versatile and practical option for homeowners looking to improve their home’s aesthetic, privacy, light control, energy efficiency and add value to the home. With a range of styles, materials, and prices available, there is something to suit every taste and budget. It’s important to consider your needs and preferences when choosing the right window covering option for your home.

Sources:

  1. “The Different Types of Window Blinds and Their Benefits” by HomeAdvisor

  2. “Shutters vs. Blinds: Which is Right for Your Home?” by Houzz

  3. “The Benefits of Cellular Shades” by The Shade Store

  4. “How Plantation Shutters Can Increase Your Home’s Value” by Budget Blinds

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