When you start shopping for window treatments in Charlotte, you might discover that there are plenty of interesting budget plantation shutter products. While they may seem ok at first, a closer inspection will show that they save money by settling on cheap materials like plastic or vinyl. They will also make their shutters with hollow louvers, which gives you a lighter and cheaper window treatment. Superficially, these look like a good idea, but there is still the question: is there actually any discrepancy between hollow and solid louvers?
Of course, you should insist on plantation shutters with solid shutter louvers if you want your treatments to maintain their shape, color, and energy-efficient properties for years to come. Hollow louvers won’t live up to the quality of our solid-louvered Polywood® Shutters, and here are just a few reasons why:
Solid Shutter Louvers Will Uphold Their Shape
Whether it’s summer or winter in Charlotte, your window panes get warmer and colder, and so do your window treatments. Hollow louvers don’t have a lot of structural support. So when the shutters swell and shrink because of the natural course of the day, it's challenging for the shutters to preserve their shape. The result is a louver that is warped or split, and a shutter that can’t close properly.
Solid shutter louvers, especially those derived from a sturdy faux-wood composite, will keep their shape over the lifetime of the shutter. Because of the rigid structure, your coverings will completely shut every time, and you won’t have to worry about outside light or air slipping through due to sagging louvers. The warranty of our Polywood shutters assures that your louvers will never warp or sag 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 Are More Energy Efficient
Hollow louvers may have some energy-efficient benefits, but they don’t hold a candle to solid louver shutters. Unfortunately, hollow louvers generally are constructed with plastic or vinyl -- materials that just aren’t that energy efficient. These components are permeable and flexible than a faux-wood composite and may catch heat within the hollow center. This causes a hollow louver to bend or snap.
Then as your shutter louvers warp over time and leaves you gaps when shut, they cease to be energy efficient. Heat loss won’t be blocked entirely, and the air will begin to flow through unencumbered, making your room feel uncomfortable. Now, all you are left with are ineffective, misshapen shutters that let in both light and air.
Solid shutter louvers are more rigid and dense and can be more effective at blocking heat loss/gain through the window. Quality faux wood shutters are the best at energy efficiency, as their material is made from a impermeable material that will never expand or contract. That means your plantation shutter will shut completely every time, giving you an easy way to control the temperature around your windows.
Our Polywood shutters have been held as the apex of energy-efficient window treatments in Charlotte, as they use an extra layer of weather stripping. With the stripping, every louver will “lock” into place and isolate the window from the elements. It’s been shown 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 efficient than aluminum blinds.
Contact Sunburst For Polywood Shutters With Solid Louvers
In order to find energy-efficient shutters that don’t warp, bend or crack, you should contact Sunburst Shutters Charlotte. We’ll show you our line of Polywood shutters, and how they can improve your windows for years to come. Just contact 980-231-1116 to schedule your in-home consultation.