Polywood Shutters Fix All Window Facing Headaches in Chicago

Richard Rampton

Each window in your house has a directional facing, and you will need a window covering that can stand against both sun glare and heat loss. Throughout the day, your windows will face direct sunlight which makes the room stuffy and hot. Also, depending on the hour, a window may struggle with overpowering sun glare.

As each window facing is affected by sun glare and heat loss differently, is there one window treatment in Chicago that that handles each problem equally well?

Polywood® Shutters Are Your Best Option For Windows Facing East Or West

Plantation shutters close up 

When your windows face east or west, you are going to get glare at dawn and dusk. However, with Polywood plantation shutters, you can tilt the louvers and block the rays so the sun glare can’t flow straight in. Now, you can savor your mornings without needing to squint while you plan your day. That’s why many people see plantation shutters as a perfect window treatment for bedrooms with east-facing windows.    

Your Polywood plantation shutters will also closes off the evening sun on those westward windows. Because the day usually gets hotter as it progresses, you may also have the other issue of the late day sun making everything uncomfortable. Even if your windows only see a few hours of the afternoon heat the temperature fluctuation may be enough to make your space seem hot and stuffy unless you pick a window covering that also is energy efficient. 

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

White plantation shutters in sitting area 

In Chicago, north-facing windows get less direct sunlight than east, west or south facing windows. Therefore, you shouldn’t have any issues with sun glare or with the space becoming too hot. Instead, your windows may even leak out heat, making the room chilly. South-facing windows have the opposite problem, and direct sunlight may come in throughout the day. This can excessively heat up your home and may even make your windows too hot to touch. 

For heat issues, the perfect window treatment is something that is built for energy efficiency. Polywood plantation shutters block air flow because they use solid faux wood louvers and weather stripping, which makes them the most energy-efficient window covering on the market. Compare to other treatments, our Polywood shutters employ an energy efficient insulation system which makes them 70% more efficient than wood shutters and 1600% more efficient than aluminum blinds.

What Other Window Treatments Can Adequately Handle Different Window Facings?

In your rooms with windows that only look one direction, you have a larger selection of treatments. A sheer cellular or roman shade could work wonders for windows that face east or west. Their translucent nature will block the glare but will still give a soft light that brightens the room. 

White plantation shutters in dining room 

When you have north- or south-facing windows, you need to worry about energy efficiency instead of glare. If heat loss is only a backburner issue, you may want to look at a wood plantation shutter, like our Ovation® shutters, or you can try something like our reclaimed wood shutters

Rooms with a corner wall or two will need a all-purpose window treatment that can direct light and block heat. Of course, our Polywood plantation shutters fit the bill because the thick louvers will direct sunlight and keep cool air in. During sunrise and sunset, you can adjust the louvers so natural light still fills the room, but the harsher rays won’t raise the temperature in the space. And while plantation shutters address your window facing problems, they also fit in beautifully with many decor styles. 

Sunburst Has The Window Treatments That Will Answer Your Window Facing Issues 

If you need the versatility of faux wood plantation shutters or the simplicity of cellular shades, Sunburst is happy to help. During a no-cost in-home consultation, we can show you which window treatments go best with your Chicago windows -- no matter what direction they face. Just call (877) 786-2877 or fill the form below to schedule your in-home consultation.