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Polywood Shutters Solve All Window Facing Issues in Seattle

July 26, 2019

Every window in your home has a directional facing, and you will need a window treatment that can stand against both sun glare and heat loss. Throughout the day, your windows may collect direct sunlight which makes the room stuffy and hot. Alternately, a window may allow in blinding sun glare.

As each window direction deals with sun glare and heat loss differently, is there a single covering in Seattle that that handles each problem equally well?

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

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When you have windows that face east or west, you will experience problems at dawn and dusk. Fortunately, by using Polywood plantation shutters, you can tilt the louvers and block the direct light so the sun glare can’t overpower the room. When the harsh rays from the sunrise are alleviated, your mornings will seem easier to handle. This positions plantation shutters as a perfect treatment for bedrooms with east-facing windows.    

Your Polywood plantation shutters can also closes off the setting sun on those westward windows. Because heat and humidity usually compiles throughout the day, you could have the added problem of the mid day sun heating up your space. You might only get a few hours of afternoon sun, but the temperature shift might be enough to make your space 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:

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In Seattle, north-facing windows get less direct sunlight than east, west or south facing windows. Then, you shouldn’t have any conflicts with sun glare or stuffiness. Instead, the big headache is heat loss. South-facing windows have the the counter issue, and direct sunlight may come in all day long. This will drastically warm up your home and might make your windows too hot to touch. 

For temperature issues, try using an energy efficient window treatment. Polywood plantation shutters stop air flow because they use 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 and are 70% more efficient than real wood shutters and 1600% more efficient than aluminum blinds.

What Other Window Coverings Can Adequately Handle Multiple Window Facings?

For rooms with windows that face in one direction, you have many choices. A sheer cellular or roman shade is a good choice for windows that are set east or west. Sheer shades will block the glare but let in ambient light that brightens the room. 

White plantation shutters in dining room 

But with north- or south-facing windows, you need to worry about energy efficiency first, and then worry about glare. If your windows don’t get much sun, you might try a real wood plantation shutter, like our Ovation® shutters, or even something eco-friendly like our reclaimed wood shutters

Rooms with a corner wall or two may need a multi-use covering that can direct light and is energy efficient. In this instance, our Polywood plantation shutters fit the bill because they are energy efficient and adjustable. When the sun rises and sets, you can angle the louvers so natural light still peeks through, but the blinding rays cannot become too warm for your windows. And while plantation shutters can help solve facing problems, they also fit in beautifully with several decor styles. 

Sunburst Has The Polywood Shutters That Will Answer Your Window Facing Issues 

If you need the adaptability of Polywood shutters or the sleek elegance of cellular shades, Sunburst is happy to help. At our free in-home consultation, we will show you which window treatments look great and work well with your Seattle windows -- no matter what direction they face. Just call 360-464-2277 or complete the form below and we’ll schedule your in-home consultation.