Environmental consciousness is a big concern for Austin home and business owners alike. It influences many of our daily decisions – from the type of flooring and siding we choose for our homes to the type of shutters we pick. We recommend plantation shutters, because they keep your home warm, save on energy, and are recyclable. We have a range of plantation shutter manufacturers to meet your budget. We install beautiful, quality shutters for $17.95 per square foot and we also carry very high end natural wood shutters from Hunter Douglas. If you are considering shutters for your Austin Texas home, we can find the product to meet all of your requirements.
The plantation shutters you’ll get from The Shading Company of Austin are available in Polywood or natural wood. Both are environmentally friendly, and both have their benefits and drawbacks.
Choose Your Materials
Polywood is made from recycled materials and is moisture resistant, making it a great choice for humid climates. You’ll also never have to worry about touch-up paint or maintenance since it will hold color throughout its lifespan. Polywood is also resistant to fire and termites, making it a very dependable and responsible choice for a window covering.
The only real downsides to Polywood plantation shutters are the weight and permanent coloring. Polywood weighs more than natural wood, so it puts more strain on the window fitting. Depending on how big the slats are and how much they weigh, you may need to re-square your Polywood plantation shutters after a few years. Polywood will hold its color permanently, so if you update the room’s décor, you may need to install new shutters to match.
Natural wood plantation shutters offer plentiful design choices and finishes. They can also be painted to fit any décor. Natural wood plantation shutters are great choices for large window spaces as they are lighter than Polywood shutters, and you won’t have to worry as much about sagging. The downside to natural wood shutters is that wood warps and cracks if not properly maintained and treated over time. If you opt for natural wood shutters, be sure to take proper care of them.
Enjoy Shade and Coolness
Whichever material you choose, your new plantation shutters will do a great job of keeping your house cool while affording you control over how much light enters the room. They can also be customized to fit any space, in any room, in any style of home.
Plantation shutters will never go out of style, so a properly maintained plantation shutter will boost your home’s curb appeal and be an environmentally conscious selling point if you ever decide to sell your home. They’re also one of the most affordable window fixtures you can add; keep them in mind if you’re thinking about ways to boost your home’s value with simple, responsible design choices.
If you ever decide to replace your Austin plantation shutters, your old ones are recyclable. Polywood shutters are already made from recycled materials, and natural wood can be repurposed or recycled as well. No matter what type of project you have, The Shading Company can offer guidance for design choices and professional service and installation. If you’re thinking about plantation shutters for your home, reach out to us with any questions you have. We’ll work with you to create a beautiful and environmentally responsible addition to any room of your home.