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Polywood Shutters Solve All Window Facing Issues in Washington DC

July 26, 2019

Each window in your rooms have a directional facing, and you will want to use a window treatment that can handle both sun glare and heat loss. Some time during the day, your windows will face UV rays from the sun which can heat up the room. Alternately, a window may have difficulty with blinding sun glare.

As each window facing is affected by sun glare and heat loss in a different manner, is there a window treatment in Washington DC that that handles each problem equally well?

Polywood® Shutters Work Better Than The Others On 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 rays so the sun glare can’t flow straight in. When the sunrise’s piercing rays are alleviated, your mornings will seem easier to handle. That’s why many people see plantation shutters as a favorite treatment for bedrooms that face east.    

Your Polywood plantation shutters can also closes off sunsets on windows facing west. Because heat and humidity usually compiles throughout the day, you may also have the additional issue of the afternoon sun making everything uncomfortable. While your windows may only warm up for half a day or so, the temperature shift might be enough to make your rooms seem hot and stuffy unless you pick a window treatment that also is energy efficient. 

Polywood® Shutters Work Better Than The Others On Windows That Are Situated North Or South:

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In Washington DC, windows that face north get less direct sunlight than any other direction. Then, you shouldn’t have any conflicts with sun glare or with the space becoming too hot. Rather, the big headache is heat loss. Southern windows have the flip-side, and direct sunlight can flow in all day long. This will drastically warm up the space and could make your windows hot to the touch. 

For heat issues, you should use a window treatment that is energy efficient. Polywood plantation shutters hinder air flow by using solid faux wood louvers and weather stripping, which makes them the most energy-efficient window treatments that you can get. In fact, our Polywood shutters use an energy efficient insulation system that is 70% more efficient than hardwood shutters and 1600% more efficient than aluminum blinds.

What Other Window Coverings Can Adequately Handle Different Window Facings?

If you have a room with windows that only face one direction, you have a larger selection of treatments. A sheer cellular or roman shade could work wonders for windows that look east or west. Sheer shades will stop the glare but will still give a hint of light that enlivens the room. 

White plantation shutters in kitchen 

But with north- or south-facing windows, you need to worry about energy efficiency instead of glare. If your windows don’t get much sun, you may want to look at a real wood plantation shutter, like our Ovation® line, or even something eco-friendly like our reclaimed wood shutters

Spaces that have windows on a corner wall or two will need a multi-use covering that can direct light and is energy efficient. This is where our Polywood plantation shutters are ideal because the thick louvers are able to direct light and keep cool air in. When the sun rises and sets, you can direct sunlight so natural light still is present, but the harsher rays cannot fully heat up the room. And while plantation shutters will mitigate facing issues, they also fit in beautifully with several decor styles. 

Sunburst Has The Window Treatments That Will Solve Your Window Facing Problems 

If you need the adaptability of plantation shutters or the simplicity of cellular shades, Sunburst is happy to help. During a free in-home consultation, we will show you which window treatments look great and work well with your Washington DC windows -- no matter what direction they face. Just call 240-339-2588 or fill the form below to schedule your in-home consultation.