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How to Choose Plantation Shutters for Sun and Heat in Pittsburgh

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

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

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


Getting your plantation shutter material correct is essential in hot or humid rooms. In this situation, we suggest faux wood plantation shutters. The highest quality models, like ones from Louver Shop of Pittsburgh, are made from solid polymer that resists warping, yellowing and other typical issues. Our interior plantation shutters are made from LouverWood®, an exclusive polymer that looks like wood but offers superior performance.


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

Energy Efficiency

The average 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 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 result is energy efficiency that’s up to three times better than wood plantation shutters, keeping you cooler and possibly lowering your electricity bills.

Blackout Capability

For the most comfort and more reasonable energy bills, the U.S. Department of Energy suggests keeping south-facing window treatments shut 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 due to the fact they’re permanently placed within the window frame.

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


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

Ready to start 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 understand 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 pressure.