Polywood Shutters Fix All Window Facing Issues in Southern California07/26/2019Kimball Jones It doesn’t matter if your windows face north, east, south or west, you will need a window covering that can tackle both sun glare and heat loss. Some time during the day, your windows can be affected by the sun’s UV rays which will make the space feel hot. Alternately, a window may struggle with blinding sun glare. With both sun glare and UV rays being issues for different window facings, is there a single window treatment in Southern California that is best for a room? Polywood® Shutters Work Better Than The Others On Windows That Are Situated East Or West When windows face east or west, you will get problems from sunrises and sunsets. Luckily, by using Polywood plantation shutters, you can effectively angle the direct light so the sun glare can’t flow straight in. Now, you can savor your mornings without having to block the sun with your hand while you plan your day. That’s why many people see plantation shutters as the best treatment for bedrooms with east-facing windows. Your Polywood plantation shutters should also block the setting sun on west facing windows. Because heat and humidity usually compiles throughout the day, you could have the additional problem of the mid day sun heating up your space. Even if your windows only see a few hours of after 3 pm warmth the temperature fluctuation may be enough to make your space seem hot and stuffy unless you have a window covering that also is energy efficient. Polywood® Shutters Are Your Best Option For Windows That Are Situated North Or South: In Southern California, windows that face north get less direct sunlight than east, west or south facing windows. With north-facing windows, you shouldn’t see any issues with sun glare or stuffiness. Instead, your windows may actually lose heat, which makes the room chilly. Southern windows have the opposite problem, and direct sunlight may come in all day long. This can greatly heat up the space and may even make your windows hot to the touch. For heat problems, the best window treatment is one that gives you energy efficiency. Polywood plantation shutters stop air flow because they use solid faux wood louvers and weather stripping, which makes them the most energy-efficient window treatments on the market. In fact, our Polywood shutters use an energy efficient insulation system which makes them 70% more efficient than real wood shutters and 1600% more efficient than aluminum blinds. What Other Window Coverings Are Suitable For Different Window Facings? If you have a room with windows that only face one direction, you have options. A sheer cellular or roman shade could work wonders for windows that look east or west. Sheer shades will stop the glare but let in a hint of light that brightens the room. With north- or south-facing windows, you will care more about energy efficiency first, and then worry about glare. If your windows are under an overhang, you could go with a wood plantation shutter, like our Ovation® line, or even something like our reclaimed wood shutters. Rooms with a corner wall or two may need a all-purpose window treatment that will deal with glare and deals with heat. In this instance, our Polywood plantation shutters fit the bill because the solid louvers can deflect UV rays and keep cool air in. During sunrise and sunset, you can angle the louvers so natural light still is present, but the blinding rays won’t raise the temperature in the space. And while plantation shutters will mitigate facing issues, they also enhance many decor styles. Sunburst Can Help You No Matter Which Way Your Windows Face If you need the adaptability of Polywood shutters or the simplicity of cellular shades, Sunburst has the treatment for you. At our no-cost in-home consultation, we can show you which window coverings work best with your Southern California windows -- no matter what direction they face. Phone us at (877) 786-2877 or complete the form below and we’ll schedule your in-home consultation.