By: Stephanie Kim, Hawaii Home + Remodeling Magazine
These window treatments open up new possibilities.
Windows let natural light, breezes and style into your home. If you’re looking for a way to spruce up your abode while also cooling it down, consider adding one of the most popular window treatments: shutters.
“Shutters are one of the best window treatments for insulating your home during the hot summer months and will help save on your energy bill,” shares Mark Iwasaki of Island Shutters. And, he says, they last a long time, so “you’ll be able to enjoy all the benefits of shutters for many years.”
Plantation shutters, in particular, are perfect for Hawaii homes. “There are many benefits to owning plantation shutters. … They are custom-made to fit into almost all shapes and sizes of openings. They are one of the few treatments that allow ventilation while still maintaining privacy. They also allow control of the natural lighting while blocking out the harsh sunlight,” shares Iwasaki. And compared to traditional shutters, plantation shutters have wider louvers.
When deciding on what type of shutter is right for you, consider the four basic materials used to manufacture them: wood, polymer, vinyl and composite. “Most shutters sold in Hawaii are primarily made from one of three synthetic materials, and wood shutters make up only 5% of shutters sold,” says Iwasaki. Here’s a breakdown of the three synthetic material-based plantation shutters, according to Iwasaki.