Blinds vs Shutters: The Ultimate Comparison Between Blinds and Shutters When it comes to blinds and shutters, which window treatment is the right solution for your Chicago home? We recommend you compare them! Blinds are a traditional window treatment that have been covering windows in Chicago for as long as memory serves. And shutters are a contemporary window treatment that has exploded in popularity in the past 20 years. Let’s discover how these two window treatment veterans fare on durability, energy efficiency, cleaning, special window shapes, and home resale value. Styles Blinds can be purchased in metal, hardwood, faux wood, and vertical styles. With more than 300 colors and textures to choose from, blinds let you match your window treatments to your style –right down to the pattern. Plantation shutters are available in Polywood® and Ovation® wood. We offer Polywood in three premium white paint colors – and a custom paint color program for hues of beige, yellow, and grey. Ovation wood shutters come in 28 wood stains and 11 paint colors. Durability When well kept, blinds last an average of 5 years. While shutters can last more than 50 years. Energy Efficiency When closed, the thin slats on blinds don’t have much effect on blocking airflow and heat from outside. But shutters, with their thick louvers and custom mounting, seal off the impact of the external weather. Actually, Polywood plantation shutters insulate up to 70% better than equivalent traditional wood shutters – and 1600% better than aluminum blinds! Cleaning Dusting the thin slats of blinds can be challenging – especially with the cords that run through from top to bottom. When plantation shutters are set up with a hidden or rear-mount tilt rod, you simply tilt the large louvers back with your hand and wipe the louvers, unobstructed. Special Window Shapes Traditional blinds can only be mounted on rectangular-shaped windows, not arched, circular, octagonal, or triangular windows. And blinds would only hide the elegant window you fell in love with when you bought the house, anyway. Shutters, however, can be custom-designed to fit your windows perfectly, regardless of their shape, letting you have access to the view and control over privacy – while enhancing your specialty-shaped windows’ charm. Home Resale Value When your home is evaluated for resale, all the permanent fixtures are considered. Blinds can be moved from one house to another, but shutters are custom-built and become part of your windows and home. In fact, they boost the value of your home not only by being a permanent asset, but also by being an energy-efficient one! We compiled the differences between blinds and shutters in this table for you. Selecting between the two window treatments hinges on your style, your windows, and your budget. Blinds Shutters Styles Metal, Hardwood, Faux Wood, Vertical Polywood and Ovation Wood Durability Last about 5 years Last 50+ years Energy Efficiency Minimum Maximum Cleaning Difficult Easy Special Window Shapes N/A Customizable to fit any window shape Home Resale Value No effect Increases home resale value Between Blinds and Shutters, Which Is the Right Solution for You? It all depends on you and your taste. And, when you’ve picked one, we’ll be here to walk you through the process of designing them for your windows. Call us at 847-250-6544 or fill out the form below to schedule your free in-home consultation today!