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The Best Window Treatments For Southern Homes in Florida

October 16, 2017

Around Florida, we take pride in our home design, like most southern homeowners. And homes in the South require a unique approach when it comes to your window treatments.

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From keeping your home cool to taking advantage of your home’s Southern style, this is what you need to know about Southern window treatments.

Window Treatments That Keep Homes in the South From Overheating

We all know how warm it can get in Gainesville during the summer months. And while temperatures can get up into triple digits outside, your house can trap heat, forcing your air conditioning to work overtime. With a great window treatment, Gainesville homes can beat the heat and stay comfortable no matter how hot it gets outside. That’s why the best window treatment for Southern homes is Polywood® plantation shutters.

Polywood shutters help maintain the temperature in your home more effectively than any other window treatment. With their exclusive design and material, Polywood shutters create a solid seal on your window, helping reduce temperature flow by up to 30 degrees. That doesn’t just keep your home comfortable, but it means your air conditioning can work a little less hard to cool your space, saving you on your monthly bills.

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Some Florida homeowners take it to the limit. It’s not uncommon for some people to double-up on energy efficiency by installing more than one window treatment. For example, solar window film can reflect strong UV light, diminishing solar heat and glare on your windows – and they can be used easily with other window treatments. Drapes are another good option to pair with shutters specifically, offering another protective layer against the Florida sun.

Window Treatments In A Southern Style

Without going too deep down the rabbit hole of historic Southern architecture, a lot of homes in our area have a couple of commonalities: ties to history, space for gatherings, and beautiful facades.

There’s not a single window treatment that has that same Southern charm quite like plantation shutters. It’s even in the name – plantation shutters are named that for being so ubiquitous in big plantations and manors across the South decades ago. As we mentioned, shutters can control temperature more effectively than other window treatments, and they are a natural fit to Southern home style. Their solid lines and expert craftsmanship make them great accessories on a home with a full porch, balustrades, or any woodwork.

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And Polywood shutters are bought in white almost all the time for a reason. White is a unifying color in Southern homes, both reflecting sunlight and giving a feeling of both comfort and style – perfect for any Gainesville home.

Beautiful Southern Homes Should Have Beautiful Window Treatments

For style and practicality, shutters are the perfect solution for Southern homes. To get a glimpse of what shutters could look like in your home, get a free consultation the Sunburst Gainesville team. Call us at 813-602-5966 or complete out the form below for a free consult meeting with our home design pros.