Onyx Vegas is a company that sells the best products for our hot environment. We sell window coverings that range from custom shades and blinds that can provide nearly a complete blackout, to our best products designed for the desert, plantation shutters. Many people are not familiar with the reasons that plantation shutters are so perfect for our environment, and may think that so many people in Las Vegas have them simply because they look good. While this is certainly the case, the main reason to invest in plantation shutters in Las Vegas is because of the heat. Plantation shutters work the same way they do for cold environments in hot environments, meaning that they trap the buildup of heat or cold on the inside of your windows when closed. The windows of your home are generally one of the biggest sources of hot or cold air either escaping or coming in, leading you to compensate with either your heater or air conditioner to keep the room comfortable. In Las Vegas, a room can be heated up by more than ten degrees in the summer time just by allowing the sun to shine directly into the room. When plantation shutters are installed you can block that sun and keep the heat out, even keeping it out completely if you want.
This fact actually leads to a potential pitfall of buying cheaper shutters. When a shutter is continually exposed to extreme heat the way that ours are in Las Vegas, you will potentially see them warp or split over time. This is because the materials they are made with simply cannot handle the extremes of our climate, and if they are made of plastic they will begin to actually warp within the frame. If they are made of a cheaper wood product they may split due to the heat, which cannot be repaired without completely replacing the product. This is a big issue because of the expense of plantation shutters, and ultimately many home owners find that because they need to replace them after only a few years, that it is actually cheaper to purchase the shutters made from more expensive materials.
The best materials that you can buy that shutters are constructed from is basswood. This is an extremely hard wood that can withstand both extreme heat and cold without changing shape, and while it may cost a little more than the cheap poly and plastic shutters that are marketed by some companies, you can rest assured that they will save you money over time by not only reducing your air conditioning bills but also by not needing replaced. Many sales men will tell you that the cheaper products are no different than the quality woods, and from simply looking at them they may look very similar. You must take into consideration that they will not age as will and will probably cost you more money over time than if you invested a little more in the better product at the beginning.