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How to Select Plantation Shutters for Sun and Heat

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

With so many possibilities out there, selecting the right shutters can seem overwhelming. With Louver Shop of Northern Virginia, you’ll receive personalized attention during your free, in-home consultation. Your local design pro will review all the possibilities as you look over samples of our American-manufactured shutters—all from the comfort of your living 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 essential in hot or humid rooms. In this situation, we suggest faux wood plantation shutters. The highest quality ones, like ones from Louver Shop of Northern Virginia, 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 may appear to be like a bargain initially. But they can sag and become discolored over time when exposed to a lot of sun and heat. Louver Shop of Northern Virginia plantation shutters have a limited lifetime guarantee against these common issues 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 family spends more than $2,000 each year on utility costs, according to ENERGY STAR®. And more than half of those costs go to heating and cooling your home. Your windows are your house’s main source of energy loss, so keep cooling indoors with energy-efficient window treatments.

Our LouverWood plantation shutters are manufactured from an advanced synthetic with powerful insulating capabilities. The outcome is energy efficiency that’s up to three times higher than wood plantation shutters, keeping you cooler and possibly lowering your electricity bills.

Blackout Capability

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

However, windows can vary slightly in size. That means ready-made plantation shutters may not be a very good fit and allow light to leak through. Our Louver Shop of Northern Virginia window plantation shutters are custom manufactured to ensure a good fit. The process begins with free professional measurements during your in-home consultation and wraps up with professional installation.


Your house is part of your personality. So why settle for off-the-shelf window treatments? From size to frame style to color, Louver Shop of Northern Virginia plantation shutters are made just for your windows. While white plantation shutters are a popular choice, our LouverWood® shutters are also available in a variety of custom pastels. Because we manufacture our shutters here in the United States, you’ll receive them much more quickly, often in just a few weeks.

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

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