When you begin shopping for window treatments in Cleveland, you will immediately see that there are a bunch of enticing budget plantation shutter choices. While they may look nice at first, a closer inspection and you will find that those companies save money by settling on cheap materials like plastic or vinyl. You can also find shutters with hollow louvers, which makes the shutter lighter and less expensive. Superficially, these look like they should work, and really what’s the problem 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 Keep Their Shape
Whether it’s summer or winter in Cleveland, your window panes heat up or cool down, and so do your shutters. Hollow louvers won’t have a rigid framework. So when your treatments widen and condense because of temperature fluctuations, it's hard 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.
Solid shutter louvers, especially those made from a quality faux-wood composite, will keep their shape from day 1 to day 10,001. Because of the inflexible structure, your window treatment will fully close every time, and you won’t have to worry about outside light or air slipping through due to misshapen louvers. The warranty of our Polywood shutters assures that your louvers will never buckle or split for the lifetime of the product. It’s doubtful you’ll find a warranty like that with a product that features hollow louvers.
Solid Shutter Louvers Keeps Air In
Hollow louvers may have some energy-efficient perks, but they don’t come close to solid louver shutters. The main problem is that hollow louvers are most likely built with plastic or vinyl -- materials that aren’t known to be energy efficient. These louvers are absorbent and bendable than a faux-wood composite and may catch heat within the hollow center. This leads a hollow louver to bow or crack.
Then as your louvers warp over time and don’t shut properly, 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 warmer or cooler. Now, all you have left are flimsy, warped window treatments that won’t block sun glare or heat loss.
Solid shutter louvers have more density and can be 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. You’re left with a interior shutter that snaps shut every time, giving you an easy way to manage the air flow around your windows.
Our Polywood shutters have been held as the apex 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 completely secure 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.
Call On Sunburst For Polywood Shutters With Solid Louvers
To get your energy-efficient faux wood shutters, just contact Sunburst Shutters Cleveland. We’ll show you our line of Polywood shutters, and how they can improve your windows for years to come. Just contact 440-561-6787 to set up your in-home consultation.