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How to Choose Plantation Shutters for Sun and Heat

Plantation shutters are one of the top window treatments for controlling sun and heat. We recommend them for areas that are challenging to keep cool in the summer, like south-facing rooms and sunrooms.

With so many possibilities out there, selecting the right shutters can feel overwhelming. With Louver Shop of Austin, you’ll enjoy personalized assistance during your free, in-home consultation. Your local design pro will go over all the possibilities as you review samples of our American-produced shutters—all from the comfort of your couch room.

Here are a few tips that will help you choose the best shutters for sunny or hot rooms.


Getting your plantation shutter material right is important in hot or humid rooms. In this instance, we suggest faux wood plantation shutters. The highest quality models, such as ones from Louver Shop of Austin, are made from solid polymer that prevents warping, yellowing and other typical issues. Our interior plantation shutters are manufactured from LouverWood®, an exclusive polymer that looks like wood but provides superior performance.


Cheap plantation shutters might appear to be like a bargain at first. But they can sag and become discolored as time passes when exposed to strong sun and heat. Louver Shop of Austin plantation shutters have a limited lifetime guarantee against these common problems and more. With sturdy staples and our patented Duraglide™ Tensioning System, you won’t have to worry about louvers needing to be tightened or adjusted.

Energy Efficiency

The typical American household spends more than $2,000 each year on utility bills, according to ENERGY STAR®. And more than half of those costs are used for heating and cooling your house. Your windows are your house’s top source of energy loss, so keep cooling indoors with energy-efficient window treatments.

Our LouverWood plantation shutters are manufactured from a modern synthetic with powerful insulating capabilities. The result is energy efficiency that’s up to three times higher than wood plantation shutters, keeping you cooler and possibly lowering your energy costs.

Blackout Capability

For the greatest comfort and more reasonable energy bills, the U.S. Department of Energy suggests keeping south-facing window treatments closed on hot summer days. When compared to other window treatments like blinds or shades, plantation shutters provide the highest degree of light control. That’s because they’re permanently placed within the window frame.

However, windows can vary slightly in dimension. That means off-the-shelf plantation shutters might not be a very good fit and permit light to seep through. Our Louver Shop of Austin window plantation shutters are custom manufactured to ensure a good fit. The process begins with free professional measurements during your in-home consultation and concludes with professional installation.


Your home is part of your personality. So why accept ready-made window treatments? From size to frame style to color, Louver Shop of Austin plantation shutters are created just for your windows. While white plantation shutters are a popular choice, our LouverWood® shutters are also available in a range of custom pastels. Because we make our shutters here in the United States, you’ll receive them much sooner, often in just a few weeks.

Ready to begin designing your custom shutters? Give us a call at 888-428-1415 to request your free consultation today. Our design consultants live in your community, so they get the weather challenges you’re facing. During your consultation, you’ll be able to see product samples and receive expert design advice, all at zero cost or obligation.