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Polywood Shutters Fix All Window Facing Problems in Chicago

July 26, 2019

It doesn’t matter if your windows face north, east, south or west, you will want a window treatment that can handle both sun glare and heat loss. Throughout the day, your windows may collect direct sunlight which can heat up the room. Also, depending on the hour, a window may struggle with blinding sun glare.

With each window direction having separate issues, is there one window covering in Chicago that that handles each problem equally well?

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

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When you have windows that face east or west, you will get sun glare at dawn and dusk. Luckily, with Polywood plantation shutters, you can tilt the louvers and block the rays 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. That’s why many people see plantation shutters as a perfect window treatment for bedrooms with east-facing windows.    

Your Polywood plantation shutters can also closes off the evening sun on windows facing west. Because the day usually gets hotter as it progresses, you may also have the other problem of the afternoon sun making everything uncomfortable. You might only get a few hours of intense UV rays, but the temperature shift may be enough to make your space seem hot and stuffy unless you pick a window covering that also blocks heat. 

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

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In Chicago, north-facing windows get less direct sunlight than east, west or south facing windows. Then, you shouldn’t see any problems 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 the counter issue, and direct sunlight may come in all day long. This can excessively heat up your home and could make your windows too hot to touch. 

For these types of issues, try using an energy efficient window covering. Polywood plantation shutters stop air flow because they use solid faux wood louvers and weather stripping, which makes them the most energy-efficient window covering available. Compare to other treatments, our Polywood shutters employ an energy efficient insulation system which makes them 70% more efficient than real wood shutters and 1600% more efficient than aluminum blinds.

Is There Any Other Window Covering That Will Work For All Your Windows?

In your rooms with windows that only look one direction, you have a larger selection of treatments. A sheer cellular or roman shade might be what you need for windows that face east or west. Their translucent nature will stop the glare but will still give ambient 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 your windows don’t get much sun, 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 is energy efficient. In this instance, our Polywood plantation shutters fit the bill because they are both energy efficient and adjustable. When the sun rises and sets, you can adjust the louvers so natural light still peeks through, but the harsher rays cannot fully heat up the room. And while plantation shutters can help solve facing problems, they also enhance 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 can 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 847-250-6544 or fill the form below to schedule your in-home consultation.

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