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Perfect Window Treatments For Southern Homes in Texas

October 16, 2017

In most parts of Texas, we take our home design pretty seriously, as do most homeowners in the south. And homes in the South have a few certain needs when it comes to window coverings.

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From beating the heat to nailing that Southern charm, here’s what you should know about Southern window treatments.

Window Treatments That Keep Homes in the South From Baking in the Sun

We’re all aware of how warm the weather can get in Austin throughout the summer. And while it can get up to three digit temperatures outside, your house can trap heat, making your A/C work harder. With the right window treatment, Austin homes can beat the heat and stay comfortable no matter how hot it gets outside. That’s why our number one recommendation for Southern homes is Polywood® plantation shutters.

Polywood shutters help control your home’s temperature better than any other window treatment. With their patented material and expert design, Polywood shutters create a window seal, preventing 50% of all temperature flow through your windows. Not only does that keep your home comfortable, but it means your air conditioning won’t have to work nearly as hard to cool your space, saving you on your monthly bills.

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Some Texas homeowners really go the distance with their window treatments. It’s not uncommon for homeowners to double-up on comfort by using multiple window treatments. For example, solar window film can reduce harmful sunlight, lessening heat from the sun as well as glare – and they work well with other window treatments. Drapes are another good pairing for shutters specifically, offering another protective layer against the Texas sun.

Window Treatments That Complement The Southern Style

Without going too deep down the rabbit hole of historic Southern home architecture, a good amount of homes in our neck of the woods have a few commonalities: historical ties, open space for entertaining, and beautiful front sides.

There’s no window treatment that matches the Southern style quite like plantation shutters. It’s even in the name – plantation shutters are named that for being so ubiquitous in sprawling plantations and manors across the South so many years ago. As we mentioned, shutters can control temperature more effectively than other window treatments, and they are a natural fit to Southern style. Their clean angles and expert craftsmanship make them great partners for a home with a wrap-around porch, balustrades, or exposed woodwork.

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And Polywood shutters are bought in white almost all the time for a reason. White is a perfect accessory color in Southern homes, both reflecting sunlight and giving an air of both comfort and style – ideal for any Austin home.

Beautiful Southern Homes Need Beautiful Window Treatments

When it comes to combining style and practicality, shutters are the go-to window treatment for Southern homes. To get a glimpse of how shutters can refresh your home, schedule a free consultation the Sunburst Austin team. Call us at 512-549-6077 or complete out your information below for a free consult meeting with our window design experts.