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The Best Window Treatments For Southern Homes in Florida

October 16, 2017

Here in Florida, we take our interior design fairly seriously, like most southern homeowners. And Southern homes have a few certain needs when it comes to your window treatments.

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From keeping your home cool to nailing that Southern charm, here’s what you should know about Southern window treatments.

Shutters Help Keep Southern Homes From Baking in the Sun

We’re all aware of how hot the weather can get in Tampa during the summer. And while it can get up to triple digit temperatures outside, your home can trap heat, forcing your air conditioning to work overtime. With a great window treatment, Tampa homes can beat the heat and stay comfortable no matter how hot it gets outside. That’s why Sunburst’s top pick for Southern homes is Polywood® plantation shutters.

More than any other kind of shutter in Tampa, Polywood helps control your home’s temperature. With their patented material and expert design, Polywood shutters act as a solid seal on your window, blocking up to half of all energy flow. That doesn’t just keep your home cooler, but it means your A/C won’t have to work nearly as hard to cool your house, saving you on your monthly bills.

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Some Florida homeowners even go a step further. It’s not uncommon to see homes here double-up on energy efficiency by using multiple window treatments. For example, solar window film can reduce harmful sunlight, diminishing heat from the sun as well as glare on your windows – and they seamlessly pair with any other window treatment. Draperies are another good pairing for shutters in particular, offering a second protective layer against the Florida sun.

Window Treatments That Complement The Southern Style

Without going too deep down the rabbit hole of historic Southern home architecture, a good amount of homes in our neck of the woods have a couple of things in common: historical ties, open space for entertaining, and beautiful faces.

There’s not a single window treatment that matches the Southern style quite like plantation shutters. Heck, it’s even in the name itself – plantation shutters got their name for being so common in large plantations and manors across the South during the 1800’s. Not only do shutters block heat better than any other window treatment like we’ve mentioned, but they flawlessly complement Southern home style. Their crisp look and skilled craftsmanship make them great accessories on a home with a big front porch, columns, or any woodwork.

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And Polywood shutters are most often purchased in white for good reason. White is a unifying color in Southern houses, as it reflects sunlight and adds an air of both style and comfort – perfect for any home in Tampa or the greater Southern U.S.

Classic Southern Homes Need Beautiful Window Treatments

When it comes to combining style and practicality, shutters are the answer for homes in the South. To see what your home could be missing, schedule a free consultation the Sunburst Tampa team. Call us at 813-580-7288 or fill out your information below for a free consult meeting with our window design experts.