Family room with plantation shutters

Polywood Shutters Solve All Window Facing Problems in Austin

July 26, 2019

Each window in your home has a directional facing, and you will want a window treatment that can stand against both sun glare and heat loss. Throughout the day, your windows will face the sun’s UV rays which makes the room stuffy and hot. Other times, a window may have difficulty with intense sun glare.

With both sun glare and UV rays being annoyances for different window facings, is there a single window covering in Austin that works for every window?

Polywood® Shutters Work Better Than The Others On Windows Facing East Or West

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When your windows face east or west, you will get glare at dawn and dusk. Fortunately, with Polywood plantation shutters, you can effectively angle the direct light so the sun glare doesn’t hit you straight in the eye. In the morning, you can still enjoy light of the morning in the east without getting overpowered by the sunrise. This positions plantation shutters as a perfect window covering for bedrooms with east-facing windows.    

Your Polywood plantation shutters will also closes off sunsets on west facing windows. Because the day usually seems warmer as it goes on, there might be the added problem of the afternoon sun heating up your space. You might only get a few hours of intense UV rays, but the temperature shift might be enough to make your rooms seem hot and stuffy unless you use a window treatment that also blocks heat. 

Polywood® Shutters Are Your Best Option For Windows Facing North Or South:

White plantation shutters in sitting area 

In Austin, north-facing windows get less direct sunlight than east, west or south facing windows. With north-facing windows, you shouldn’t get any problems with sun glare or stuffiness. Rather, the prominent issue is heat loss. South-facing windows have the opposite problem, and direct sunlight may come in all day long. Constant sun can drastically heat up a room and could make your windows hot to the touch. 

For these types of problems, the best window treatment is something that gives you energy efficiency. Polywood plantation shutters stop air flow with their solid faux wood louvers and weather stripping, which makes them one of the most energy-efficient window covering on the market. Compare to other treatments, our Polywood shutters have an energy efficient insulation system which makes them 70% more efficient than real wood shutters and 1600% more efficient than aluminum blinds.

Is There Any Alternative Window Treatment That Will Work For Different Facings?

In your rooms with windows that only look one direction, you have options. A sheer cellular or roman shade is a good choice for windows that look east or west. Sheer shades will block the glare but allows a hint of light that perks up the room. 

White plantation shutters in kitchen 

With north- or south-facing windows, you will care more about energy efficiency over dealing with glare. If you don’t feel that the room gets too hot from your windows, you might try a real wood plantation shutter, like our Ovation® shutters, or you can try a product like our reclaimed wood shutters

Rooms with a corner wall or two will need a more versatile covering that can block direct harsh sunlight and is energy efficient. In this instance, our Polywood plantation shutters fit the bill because they are both energy efficient and adjustable. During times when glare is at its peak, you can adjust the louvers so natural light still peeks through, but the direct rays won’t become too warm for your windows. And while plantation shutters address your window facing headaches, they also enhance most decor styles. 

Sunburst Can Answer Your Window Facing Problems With Polywood Shutters 

If you need the versatility of faux wood plantation shutters or the simplicity of cellular shades, Sunburst can help. When we come during our free in-home consultation, we can show you which window treatments go best with your Austin windows -- no matter what direction they face. Phone us at 512-549-6077 or complete the form below to schedule your in-home consultation.

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