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The Top Window Treatments For The Southwest and Salt Lake City

December 15, 2020

When people think of the Southwest and Salt Lake City, they often picture warm, dry climates. However, residents know that even though the days can be searing, the evenings can drop too much colder temperatures. That’s why window treatments in the Southwest must work twice as hard in keeping your house both cool and warm. Plantation shutters and roller shades do this and more for your Salt Lake City home.

Custom Plantation Shutters Improve Energy Efficiency

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If the sun beats down on your Salt Lake City house throughout the day but leaves you chilly after the sun goes down, look into window treatments that help maintain your home’s temperature. Plantation shutters have a unique design which makes them great window treatments for Southwest homeowners who want to keep comfortable without overworking their A/C system.

Plantation shutters shut tightly to block excessive light and temperature extremes. During the day, you can shut the shutter louvers to block sun glare. As the sun moves, tilt open the louvers to filter the light. If you’d like a refreshing breeze and unobstructed view of the sunset, open the shutter panels and your windows. Then, shut them again when it gets dark and cold.

For increased energy efficiency, install Polywood® shutters in your home. Their patented weatherstripping can keep your rooms 30 degrees cooler than the outside temperature during the summer. You can use them to reduce the temperature in rooms exposed to full sun or place them throughout your house for more comfort everywhere. And, of course, they keep out chilly drafts when the desert sun goes down.

Plantation shutters look beautiful in Salt Lake City homes, too. The Southwest features many distinct architectural styles including Spanish Mission Revival, Ranch, and modern Southwest-style. Unlike other window treatments, interior shutters are custom-made to snugly fit--rather than cover up--your windows’ shape. Their versatility makes them work just as well for arched windows in Mission Revival homes as for the sliding glass doors and rectangular windows in Ranch houses.

Interior shutters come in many comfortable neutral hues, too. Get hardwood Ovation® shutters to coordinate with the rich organic and wood tones found in Southwest-style homes. Or you can match the clean white colors of a Spanish Mission home with white Polywood shutters. If you’ve designed your Ranch home with a natural theme, reclaimed wood shutters will work well in your home. 

Roller Shades Block Out And Diffuse Sunlight  

Custom shades in a southwest home 

Roller shades are another excellent option for blocking the sun’s rays. If your Salt Lake City home has oversized, sunny windows where you want to control the light and keep out the heat, blackout roller shades let you do both. Completely opaque, they block sunlight and its warmth on a hot Southwest day. However, if you have smaller pueblo-style windows that already reduce the sunlight in your home, you can consider sheer roller shades and still have sunlight.

Roller shades also are available in various patterns, materials, and styles that easily complement most interior styles. Color plays a vital role in the aesthetics of many Southwest home styles. Get colored roller shades of medium opacity to fill a bold Spanish-influenced room with colorful light. Or you can get neutral colored shades for rustic décor. Roller shades’ modern look works well with both mid-century and contemporary Ranch homes as well.


Learn About Window Treatments For The Southwest At Sunburst Shutters

Keep your Salt Lake City home comfortable all day long with energy-efficient window treatments from Sunburst Shutters. We have a variety of options that enhance popular Southwest house styles. To discover the right window treatments for your home, call us at 801-515-3598 or submit the form below to set up a free in-home consultation.