There is a misinformation campaign happening in Las Vegas, designed to exploit a lack of understanding and knowledge of a product in order to sell a competing product. Basically, this misinformation campaign involves plantation shutters, and the materials they are made from. In the desert heat, there is an issue with sunlight hitting windows in the summertime, building up extreme levels of heat on the inside. Left without a barrier of window coverings, this direct sunlight can raise the ambient temperature of a room by upwards of 10 degrees, ultimately making your air conditioner work far harder and resulting in extremely high electric bills in the summer. The installation of window coverings brings down this expanse of heat into your rooms by providing a barrier, and naturally the barrier itself is what will decide the effectiveness. Curtains and blinds will provide some amount of success in keeping the heat out, but only plantation shutters act as an actual solid barrier against the heat and cold. Because they can be opened and closed as necessary, they are the perfect window covering for the desert.
The issues with plantation shutters in the desert heat come from the fact that the heat building up on one side can commonly cause them to split and warp if they are not made of top quality materials. This information is commonly used as a scare technique in order to sell shutters that are made of poly materials, the salesmen commonly referring to the splitting that can occur when woods are continually exposed to extreme heat. While this is technically true, it must be noted that all woods are not the same, and better quality woods like basswood will actually hold up to the heat far better than poly products will. When plantation shutters are made of the better quality woods, they will far outlast any shutter made from the cheaper poly materials. They will also be stronger and able to span greater distances ad well, creating a cleaner look that is more modern.
It is important not to fall for the misinformation that sales people will spread about competing products in order to sell theirs. By leading you to believe that the products made from cheaper materials are actually superior, they will generally get the installation job for people seeking discounted or more affordable shutters, and will potentially also get the jobs put forth by people who are seeking to purchase the best quality they can, in order to assure the longest life span. Nearly always, cheaper materials are going to age more poorly, and the salesmen are hoping that you will no longer be the owner of the house by the time that the damage as a result of repeated hot summers begins. Poly products have a far worse life span than basswood shutters, and it is a shame to find that out only years later after there is no longer anything you can do about it. Buy smart, and always buy quality basswood plantation shutters if you live in a hot environment.