The Best Window Treatments For The Southwest and Phoenix

Greg Arnett

When homeowners think of the American Southwest and Phoenix, they often think of warm, dry weather. However, residents know that even though the days can be scorching, the evenings can drop too much colder temperatures. That’s why window treatments in the Southwest must work twice as hard in keeping your home both cool and warm. Plantation shutters and roller shades do this and more for your Phoenix home.

Custom Plantation Shutters Increase Energy Efficiency

Polywood in a bow arched window

If the sun beats down on your Phoenix home all day long but leaves you cold at night, look into window treatments that help maintain your home’s temperature. Plantation shutters have a unique design which makes them great window treatments for Southwest homeowners who want to stay comfortable without taxing their A/C system.

Plantation shutters shut tightly to block excessive light and temperature extremes. During the day, you can close the shutter panels to keep your house cool and dim. As the sun shifts, tilt the louvers open to filter the light. If you want a cool breeze and open view of the sunset in the evening, open the shutter panels and your windows. Then, close them again after sunset when it cools down.

For the best energy efficiency, install Polywood® shutters in your house. Their patented weatherstripping can keep your rooms 30 degrees cooler than outside during the hot days. You can use them to lower the temperature in rooms exposed to full sun or install them throughout your home for extra comfort. And, of course, they reduce cold drafts at night.

Interior shutters look stunning in Phoenix homes as well. The Southwest features many unique architectural styles, such as Spanish Mission Revival, Ranch, and modern Southwest-style. Unlike many other window treatments, interior shutters are custom-crafted to snugly fit--rather than cover up--any shape of windows. Their versatility makes them work just as well for arched windows in Mission Revival houses as for the sliding patio doors and picture windows in Ranch houses.

Plantation shutters come in many attractive neutral hues, too. Use hardwood Ovation® shutters to coordinate with the rich earth and wood tones found in Southwest-style homes. Or you can match the clean white shades of a Spanish Mission home with white Polywood shutters. If you’ve designed your Ranch home with a rustic theme, reclaimed wood shutters will work well in your home.

Roller Shades Block Out And Diffuse Glaring Light

Custom shades in a southwest home

Roller shades are another excellent option for blocking the sun’s rays. If your Phoenix home has large, sunny windows where you need to control the light and block the heat, blackout roller shades let you do both. Fully opaque, they block sunlight and its heat on a blistering Southwest day. However, if your home has smaller pueblo-style windows that already limit the sunlight in your home, you can consider sheer roller shades and still enjoy natural light.

Roller shades also are available in many different patterns, materials, and styles that easily coordinate with most home styles. Color plays a vital role in the aesthetics of many Southwest home styles. Get colored roller shades of medium opacity to fill a bright Spanish-influenced room with colorful light. Or you can buy neutral colored shades for rustic décor. Roller shades’ simple look works well with both mid-century and contemporary Ranch homes as well.

Get Window Treatments For The Southwest At Sunburst Shutters

Keep your Phoenix home cozy all day long with energy-efficient window treatments from Sunburst Shutters. We offer a variety of window treatments that coordinate with popular Southwest house styles. To learn more about the best window treatments for your home, give us a call at 480-485-7743 or submit the form below to set up a free in-home consultation.