Why You Should Get Solid Shutter Louvers In Charlotte

Neil Blackwelder

When you start shopping for window treatments in Charlotte, you might discover that there are some interesting budget plantation shutter products. While they may look nice at first, a more detailed look and you will find that they save money by settling on cheap materials like plastic or vinyl. You can also find shutters with hollow louvers, which gives you a lighter and less expensive shutter. On the surface, these look like they should work, but there is still the question: how much difference can there be between hollow and solid louvers?

Of course, you should prioritize plantation shutters with solid shutter louvers if you want your window treatments to maintain their shape, color, and energy-efficient properties over a lifetime. Hollow louvers won’t live up to the quality of our solid-louvered Polywood® Shutters, and here’s why:

Solid Shutter Louvers Will Uphold Their Shape

Plantation shutters by flowers in Charlotte 

Whether it’s summer or winter in Charlotte, your window panes get warmer and colder, and so do your window treatments. Hollow louvers are usually made of subpar material. So when they expand and contract 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 window treatment that can’t close properly.

hollow shutter louver 

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 durable 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 sagging louvers. The warranty of our Polywood shutters even guarantees that your louvers will never bend or warp for the lifetime of the product. It’s doubtful you’ll find a guarantee like that with a shutter that features hollow louvers.

Solid Shutter Louvers Are More Energy Efficient

Interior Shutters in Charlotte Living Room 

Hollow louvers may possess some energy-efficient benefits, but they don’t hold a candle to solid louver shutters. Unfortunately, hollow louvers usually are made with plastic or vinyl -- materials that just aren’t that energy efficient. These materials are permeable and bendable than a faux-wood louver and may trap heat within the hollow center. This allows a hollow louver to bend or snap.

Then as your shutter louvers warp over time and leaves you gaps when shut, your energy efficiency is lost. Heat loss is now a concern, and the air will begin to flow through unencumbered, making your room feel uncomfortable. Now, all you are left with are flimsy, misshapen shutters that won’t block sun glare or heat loss.

Solid shutter louvers are more rigid and dense and can be more effective at blocking airflow through the window. Quality faux wood shutters are the best at energy efficiency, as their louvers are made from a non-porous material that shouldn’t expand or contract. You’re left with a window treatment that always closes tight every time, giving you an easy way to control the temperature around your windows.

plantation shutters in Charlotte with weatherstripping 

Our Polywood shutters have been held as the pinnacle 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 outside air. It’s been shown that with our faux wood composite and added weather-stripping, Polywood shutters are 70% more energy-efficient than hardwood plantation shutters and up to 1600% more efficient than aluminum blinds.

Call On Sunburst For Polywood Shutters With Solid Louvers

In order to find energy-efficient shutters that don’t warp, bend or snap, you should contact Sunburst Shutters Charlotte. We’ll bring you our line of Polywood shutters, and how they can improve your window’s energy-efficiency and style. Just call 980-231-1116 to schedule your in-home consultation.