What Is the Difference Between Shades and Shutters?
If you are looking for a cost-effective home improvement upgrade for your living room, bedroom, or any room in the house, then window shades and shutters could be the answer. But first, do you know the difference between shades and shutters? Many homeowners and renters use the two interchangeably, however, that is incorrect. There are key differences between window shades and shutters that we would like to address. Let us dive into the key differences and advantages of both window shades and window shutters.
Chances are you have dealt with windows that have shutters. They are the most commonly used form of window treatment in the nation, or so it would seem based on how often we stumble across them in our personal lives.
For starters, window shutters are a stationary blind that comes with a rod to control their positioning. The rod itself is attached to the slats of the shutter to rotate in either direction. When you spin the rod, the shutters either open or close to allow sunlight into the room.
The most common form of window shutters is plantation-style shutters. These systems are usually made of vinyl or genuine wood, though wood is often the more expensive option. When you invest in such a system, you’ll enjoy better insulation during seasonal weather changes, not to mention the security and safety from peering eyes outside.
Now, let us examine window shades. Shades are often considered the more budget-friendly option without sacrificing function or style in any case. If you are on a budget, with limited funds for window treatments, then plain shades are an inexpensive solution to cover your windows. For a larger budget, however, designer shades are available. These types of window shades come in a broad range of shapes, fabrics, colors, and styles to suit your needs and tastes. Most are visually appealing and can boost the style of the entire room.
Furthermore, window shades offer some control over the amount of light you allow into the room. With a traditional window, on the other hand, you do not have as much control over the light without shades installed. A bottom-up or top-down window shade will allow you to control how much or how little light enters the room.
Like window shutters, window shades offer enhanced security and privacy with little hassle on your part. You simply adjust the window treatment to the desired position and close off the view of your living space from the outside world.
If you are torn between which window treatment to install for your home, call Starwood Distributors. We work with homeowners each day who cannot decide between window shades or window shutters. We’ll help you select the best option to suit your needs and home style.