Read any article on “home hacks” from HGTV or anywhere else and you’ll probably find weather stripping mentioned as a way to keep your home comfortable and your utility bills low. And they’re right; weather stripping helps insulate your windows and can save on your heating and AC bills, but there might be a better – and more stylish – way to insulate your home.
We’re talking about Polywood® custom shutters.
How Polywood Shutters Make Weather Stripping Unnecessary
Despite what you might have heard elsewhere, shutters are more than just fancy dressing for your windows. With the right material and custom construction, shutters can add a layer of thermal protection to your windows no other window treatment can.
Here are just a few reasons why Polywood shutters outclass weather stripping for your windows.
Shutters Offer More Effective Insulation
The purpose of most weather stripping is to fill the gaps in your doors and windows to prevent airflow in those tiny cracks. All the shutters that Sunburst Shutters and Window Fashions makes are hand-crafted to the exact measurements of your windows, and make a tight seal on your window frame.
Add to that the fact that shutters can block heat from the sun that moves through your window panes when the louvers are closed. Polywood shutters even include their own internal weather stripping to fill the gaps between the individual shutter panels, creating a seal that helps keep your home comfortable.
Weather Stripping Needs to be Replaced and Reinstalled
Whether you’re winterizing or getting your home ready for summer, putting in weather stripping can be a pain. It can be difficult to line the material directly up to the gaps in your window frame, and one wrong move can ruin the adhesive that keeps it in place.
Weather stripping can also wear down surprisingly quickly, especially if you have a double hung window or sliding window that will rub directly against the tension seal when you open or close it. That adds up to more trips to the store to buy more weather stripping, more hours installing it, and more headaches.
Polywood shutters on the other hand will never need to be replaced, and allow full function of your window without worry. Plus, there’s no installation necessary with Sunburst – our team will do all the heavy lifting for you in one quick install session.
Shutters Look Better
If you’re serious about making your home energy-efficient, you’d want heavy duty weather stripping such as foam tape or tubular silicone strips. Unfortunately, those stick out like sore thumbs and can make your windows look tacky, even if you pair them with a set of shades or blinds.
Polywood shutters look fantastic in any space, from historic Craftsman homes to ultra-modern condos, combining both high fashion and practicality in one package.
Get Ready to Leave Weather Stripping Behind
Faux wood plantation shutters are a more effective, more stylish, and easier way to insulate your windows. If you’re ready to stop messing with ineffective weather stripping, we’re ready to help. Get in touch with your local Sunburst Shutters store by calling 877-786-2877 or filling out the contact form below.
It’s never too late to make your home a little cozier and a lot more stylish.