Family room with plantation shutters

Polywood Shutters Fix All Window Facing Issues in Clearwater

July 26, 2019

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. Some time during the day, your windows will face the sun’s UV rays which makes the room stuffy and hot. Other times, a window may allow in intense sun glare.

With both glare and heat loss being problems for separate window facings, is there one covering in Clearwater that works for every window?

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

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When you have windows that face east or west, you will get problems at dawn and dusk. Fortunately, by using Polywood plantation shutters, you can angle the direct light so the sun glare won’t hit you straight in the eye. In the morning, you can still get the morning light in the east while avoiding being dazed by the sunrise. That’s why many people see plantation shutters as the best treatment for bedrooms with east-facing windows.    

Your Polywood plantation shutters will also closes off the evening sun on windows facing west. Because the afternoon typically has higher temps than the morning, you may also have the additional issue of the late day sun heating up your space. You may only see a few hours of intense UV rays, but the temperature shift might be enough to make your rooms seem hot and stuffy unless you have a window treatment that also blocks heat. 

Polywood® Shutters Work Better Than The Others On Windows Facing North Or South:

White plantation shutters in sitting area 

In Clearwater, windows that face north get less direct sunlight than any other direction. Then, you shouldn’t see any issues with sun glare or collecting heat. Instead, your windows may even leak out heat, making the room chilly. Southern windows have the opposite problem, and direct sunlight may come in all day long. Constant sun can drastically warm up the space and may even make your windows too hot to touch. 

For these types of issues, you will want to put up a window covering that is energy efficient. Polywood plantation shutters hinder air flow by using solid faux wood louvers and weather stripping, creating one of the most energy-efficient window treatments that you can get. Compare to other treatments, our Polywood shutters have an energy efficient insulation system and are 70% more efficient than hardwood 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 options. A sheer cellular or roman shade is a good choice for windows that face east or west. Their translucent nature will diffuse the glare but allows a soft light that perks up the room. 

White plantation shutters in kitchen 

With north- or south-facing windows, you should prioritize energy efficiency first, and then worry about glare. If heat is seen as a backburner issue, you may want to look at a real wood plantation shutter, like our Ovation® shutters, or you can try something like our reclaimed wood shutters

Rooms with a corner wall or two may need a more versatile treatment that can block direct harsh sunlight and deals with heat. This is where our Polywood plantation shutters are ideal because they excel in energy efficiency and directing sunlight. When the sun rises and sets, you can adjust the louvers so natural light still fills the room, but the direct rays won’t raise the temperature in the space. And while plantation shutters can help solve facing problems, they also blend in with several decor styles. 

Sunburst Can Answer Your Window Facing Issues With Polywood Shutters 

If you need the versatility of plantation shutters or the simplicity of cellular shades, Sunburst can help. During a complimentary in-home consultation, we will show you which window treatments look great and work well with your Clearwater windows -- no matter what direction they face. Phone us at 813-580-7288 or fill the form below to schedule your in-home consultation.

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