With spring here and summer soon to follow, now is the perfect time to schedule your in-home assessment for plantation shutters. Outside heat and outside noise enter the home mostly through windows. Neighborhood landscapes change as the tall tree that previously provided shade may be taken down. New roads or shopping centers also may bring new noise.

You can take control of your surroundings. The benefits of plantation shutters constructed of Polywood are many. Polywood is a solid material designed for noise reduction control. It is heat resistant and moisture resistant. Polywood is UV-stabilized to avoid discoloration and is impervious to termites. Non-heat transferring polywood, installed properly, can reduce temperatures by as much as 30 degrees. This results in lower utility bills.

Natural wood shutters, richly stained or painted, are another option.  Your window installation expert can take precise measurements to ensure the first installation of shutters is snug and correct and does not have to be redone.

Different parts of your home may require different window treatment considerations. North-facing windows may be colder and experience more wind. West-facing windows can be hotter with later direct sunlight. Cafe style shutters are a workable solution to the evening sun. The louvers in the bottom half of the shutter close independently from the top half. The bright sun is blocked at eye level, and the top louver allows ample light to stream in. Windows closest to the street may be noisier. Your window installation advisor can answer all your questions.

Plantation shutters can be custom-built to enhance all window shapes and sizes. One brilliant example of this innovation is the fan-top arch, also referred to as the polywood sunburst. This shape accommodates the half circle window placed above traditionally-shaped windows or doorways.

A skilled artisan individually hand-crafts each fan-top shutter. Each louver features an aluminum spine for durability and operates independently for easy maintenance and cleaning. The finished shutter will fit perfectly into the curvature of your window.

The versatile plantation shutter can be custom-built to enhance many specialty-shaped windows: circle, half-circle, shallow arches, octagon, triangles and so many more. If a homeowner has a uniquely-placed window they thought couldn't be treated, it can. Don't hide your beautifully unique windows, accentuate them.

Plantation shutters can also be custom-built for french doors. The installation technique makes the shutters a permanent part of the French door for stability. A precise cutout allows the door handles to function easily whether the louvers are open or closed. For French doors used in bedrooms, shutters provide total privacy in the evening and sunblock in the morning for sleeping. Shutters allow the European beauty of French doors to be fully displayed at will.

The installation of plantation shutters adds depth and texture, style and beauty for the visual enjoyment of the homeowner. It adds curb appeal to the neighborhood.

The increased privacy and energy efficiency is a permanent benefit and adds resale value. Ask about workmanship and installation warranties.