Why You Should Want Solid Shutter Louvers In Cleveland

Nate Gromen

When you begin shopping for window treatments in Cleveland, you will immediately see that there are a bunch of enticing budget plantation shutter options. While they may look nice at first, a closer inspection will show that those companies save money by settling on cheap materials like plastic or vinyl. They will also make their shutters with hollow louvers, which allows the covering to be less expensive. Superficially, these look like a good idea, and really is there really any disparity between hollow and solid louvers?

But the truth of the matter is that you should prioritize plantation shutters with solid shutter louvers if you want your treatments to preserve their shape, color, and energy-efficient properties forever. Hollow louvers won’t live up to the quality of our solid-louvered Polywood® Shutters, but why?

Solid Shutter Louvers Will Maintain Their Shape

Plantation shutters by flowers in Cleveland 

Whether it’s summer or winter in Cleveland, your window panes get warmer and colder, and so do your window treatments. Hollow louvers are usually made of flexible material. So when your treatments widen and condense because of temperature fluctuations, it's difficult for hollow louvers to maintain their shape. This results in a louver that is warped or split, and a plantation shutter that can’t close properly.

hollow shutter louver 

Solid shutter louvers, especially those constructed from a high-tech faux-wood composite, will maintain their shape from day 1 to day 10,001. Because of the inflexible structure, your coverings will completely shut every time, and you won’t even need to think about outside light or heat slipping through because of misshapen louvers. The warranty of our Polywood shutters even guarantees that your louvers will never buckle or split for the lifetime of the product. It’s doubtful you’ll find a guarantee like that with a product that features hollow louvers.

Solid Shutter Louvers Keeps Air In

Plantation Shutters in Cleveland Living Room 

Hollow louvers may have some energy-efficient benefits, but they don’t hold a candle to solid louver shutters. Part of it is that hollow louvers are most likely built with plastic or vinyl -- materials that aren’t known to be energy efficient. These louvers are more porous and flexible than a faux-wood louver and may trap heat within the hollow center. This leads a hollow louver to bow or crack.

Then as your louvers warp over time and won’t snap shut, they can no longer be called energy efficient. Heat loss is a problem, and the air will begin to flow through easily, making your room hotter or colder. Now, all you have left are flimsy, warped interior shutters that won’t block sun glare or heat loss.

Solid shutter louvers are more densely packed and are more effective at blocking temperature fluxuations through the window. Quality faux wood shutters are the best at energy efficiency, as their material is made from a non-porous material that won’t expand or contract. That means your shutter will closes tight every time, giving you a consistent way to manage the temperature around your windows.

interior shutters in Cleveland with weatherstripping 

Our Polywood shutters have been held as the pinnacle of energy-efficient window treatments in Cleveland, as they use an extra layer of weather stripping. With the stripping, every louver will “lock” into place and effectively seal the window from the elements. It’s been proven that with our faux wood composite and added weather-stripping, Polywood shutters are 70% more energy-efficient than wood plantation shutters and up to 1600% more effective at blocking air flow than aluminum blinds.

Contact Sunburst For Polywood Shutters With Solid Louvers

When you need to install plantation shutters that will last forever, just contact Sunburst Shutters Cleveland. We’ll show you our line of Polywood shutters, and how they can improve your window’s energy-efficiency and style. Just call 440-561-6787 to set up your in-home consultation.