In Las Vegas, we deal with extreme heat in the summertime. Many people who do not live here are unaware that we also deal with temperatures that can go below freezing in the winter, so our homes must be able to handle all types of weather extremes both hot and cold, and be able to keep the weather on the other sides of the walls of our houses. While the freezing temperatures are really not all that much of an issue and we rarely get snow, the heat is something that most people are not used to. For this reason, you need to make informed decisions as far as the additions to your home, so as not to make mistakes that you may regret. A perfect example of this is the installation of plantation shutters, and the pitfalls that can happen if you choose the wrong ones. People from elsewhere in the country are aware of the benefits of plantation shutters for saving heat and air conditioned air by providing a solid barrier, but many will mistakenly assume that all plantation shutters are the same and provide the same levels of protection. In reality, only the shape of the shutters is the same, and the materials they are made from can be the difference in how much you pay for them over time. What this means is that in different climates, plantation shutters that are made from cheaper materials may not look as nice as those made with better materials, but they will still function the same. In Las Vegas, this is not the case.
Plastic plantation shutters cannot withstand the Las Vegas heat, and will quickly warp. The heat on the inside of your windows can get well over 150 degrees, and the shutters are directly exposed to this heat every day. As the high temperatures of summer happen, many people who have chosen to install cheaper shutters made from plastics or poly compounds will notice their shutters warping at the louver areas, and coming apart at the joints. This is simply due to the expansion and contraction of the materials, and over time they will fail. Cheaper woods will have a propensity to split and crack at points that repeatedly get hot, and ultimately may warp as well. These materials may be cheaper and look fine on install day, but will generally need to be replaced within only a few years. Many people believe they are saving money when they choose the cheaper shutters only to be disappointed later when they find that warping and splitting is not covered by a warranty in Las Vegas.
Only install shutters made from good quality basswood in Las Vegas. It is a very hard wood and is able to withstand great deals of heat before it would ever crack, so it is the material that is best suited for our climate. The dry conditions will also not effect basswood shutters over time. You should find that your basswood shutters pay for themselves over time with savings on heat or air conditioning bills, and will last a lifetime.