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Polywood Shutters Fix All Window Facing Issues in New York City

July 26, 2019

Each window in your rooms have a directional facing, and you will need a window treatment that can tackle both sun glare and heat loss. Depending on the time of day, your windows will face direct sunlight which will make the space feel hot. Alternately, a window may struggle with overpowering sun glare.

As each window facing handles sun glare and heat loss differently, is there a covering in New York City that works for every window?

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 experience problems 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. Now, you can savor your mornings without needing to squint during the sunrise. This positions plantation shutters as a favorite window treatment for bedrooms with east-facing windows.    

Your Polywood plantation shutters should also obscure the evening sun on windows facing west. Because the afternoon is usually hotter than the morning, you may also have the additional issue of the mid day sun making everything uncomfortable. Even if your windows only catch a few hours of the afternoon sun the temperature change is enough to make your rooms seem stale and uncomfortable unless you have a window covering that also blocks heat. 

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

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In New York City, windows that face north get less direct sunlight than any other direction. Therefore, you shouldn’t get any issues with sun glare or collecting heat. Instead, your windows may even leak out heat, which makes the room colder. Southern windows have the opposite problem, and direct sunlight can flow in throughout the day. Direct sunlight will excessively heat up the space and might make your windows hot to the touch. 

For heat issues, the perfect window covering is something that provides energy efficiency. Polywood plantation shutters block air flow by using solid faux wood louvers and weather stripping, making them one of the most energy-efficient window covering that you can get. 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.

Do Other Window Coverings Perform As Well As Polywood Shutters?

For rooms with windows that face in one direction, you have options. A sheer cellular or roman shade could work wonders for windows that face east or west. Their translucent nature will block the glare but allows a soft light that brightens the room. 

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But with north- or south-facing windows, you should prioritize energy efficiency first, and then worry about glare. If you don’t feel that the room gets overly warm from your windows, you may want to look at a real wood plantation shutter, like our Ovation® line, or even something like our reclaimed wood shutters

Rooms with a corner wall or two might need a more versatile covering that will deal with glare and is energy efficient. In this instance, our Polywood plantation shutters are ideal because they are energy efficient and adjustable. When the sun rises and sets, you can angle the louvers so natural light still fills the room, but the harsher rays can’t raise the temperature in the space. And while plantation shutters address your window facing problems, they also fit in beautifully with most decor styles. 

Sunburst Can Assist You No Matter Which Way Your Windows Face 

If you need the adaptability of Polywood shutters or the sleek elegance of cellular shades, Sunburst is happy to help. When we come during our no-cost in-home consultation, we can show you which window treatments look great and work well with your New York City windows -- no matter where they face. Just call 631-246-3930 or fill the form below to book your in-home consultation.

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