Polywood Shutters Solve All Window Facing Problems in Austin

Tyler Jorgensen

It doesn’t matter if your windows face north or west, you will need a window treatment that can handle both sun glare and heat loss. Throughout the day, your windows will face direct sunlight which makes the room stuffy and hot. Alternately, 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 treatment in Austin that works for every window?

Polywood® Shutters Are Better Than Other Treatments For Windows Facing East Or West

Plantation shutters close up 

When you have windows that face east or west, you will get sun 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 get light of the morning in the east without getting overpowered by the sunrise. This positions plantation shutters as a perfect window treatment for bedrooms with east-facing windows.    

Your Polywood plantation shutters can also closes off the setting sun on west facing windows. Because the afternoon typically has higher temps than the morning, there might be the added problem of the late day sun heating up your space. You might only see a few hours of intense UV rays, but the temperature fluctuation 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 with the space becoming too hot. Rather, you’ll find that the trouble with north-facing windows is the heat loss. South-facing windows have the opposite problem, and direct sunlight can flow in all day long. This can drastically heat up a room and could make your windows too hot to touch. 

For heat problems, you will want to put up a window treatment that is energy efficient. Polywood plantation shutters block air flow with their solid faux wood louvers and weather stripping, which makes them one of the most energy-efficient window covering available. Compare to other treatments, our Polywood shutters have an energy efficient insulation system which makes them 70% more efficient than wood shutters and 1600% more efficient than aluminum blinds.

Do Other Window Treatments Work As Well As Polywood Shutters?

In your rooms with windows that only look one direction, you have a larger selection of treatments. A sheer cellular or roman shade is a good choice for windows that look east or west. Sheer shades will stop 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 should prioritize energy efficiency over dealing with glare. If heat loss is only a small problem, 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 may need a multi-use covering that can block direct harsh sunlight and block heat. Of course, our Polywood plantation shutters fit the bill because they exceed in so many areas. During times when glare is at its peak, you can adjust the louvers so natural light still peeks through, but the harsher rays won’t become too warm for your windows. And while plantation shutters can help solve facing headaches, they also fit in beautifully with most decor styles. 

Sunburst Can Help You No Matter Which Direction Your Windows Face 

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 work best with your Austin windows -- no matter what direction they face. Phone us at (877) 786-2877 or complete the form below to schedule your in-home consultation.