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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 challenging to keep cool in the summer, such as south-facing rooms and sunrooms.

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

Here are a couple tips that will help you choose the right 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 ones, such as ones from Louver Shop of Richmond, are made from solid polymer that prevents warping, yellowing and other common issues. Our interior plantation shutters are manufactured from LouverWood®, an exclusive polymer that looks like wood but offers outstanding performance.


Cheap plantation shutters might seem like a bargain initially. But they can sag and become discolored over time when exposed to strong sun and heat. Louver Shop of Richmond plantation shutters include a limited lifetime guarantee against these common issues and more. With heavy-duty staples and our patented Duraglide™ Tensioning System, you won’t have to be concerned with 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 are used for heating and cooling your home. Your windows are your house’s main source of energy loss, so keep cooling where it belongs with energy-efficient window treatments.

Our LouverWood plantation shutters are made from a modern 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 energy costs.

Blackout Capability

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

However, windows can vary slightly in size. That means off-the-shelf plantation shutters might not be a very good fit and allow light to seep through. Our Louver Shop of Richmond 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 accept ready-made window treatments? From size to frame style to color, Louver Shop of Richmond 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 USA you’ll get them much sooner, often in just a few weeks.

Ready to begin creating 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 no cost or obligation.