When you start shopping for window treatments in Cincinnati, you might discover that there are a bunch of interesting budget plantation shutter products. While they may seem ok at first, a second glance and you will find that those companies save money by settling on cheap materials like plastic or vinyl. They may also outfit their shutters with hollow louvers, which gives you a lightweight and less expensive window covering. On the surface, these look like there’s no difference, and you may wonder what’s the discrepancy 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 forever. Hollow louvers can’t match 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
Throughout the day in Cincinnati, your rooms heat up or cool down, and so do your window treatments. Hollow louvers are usually made of flimsy material. So when they expand and contract because of the temperature changes, it's difficult for the louvers to preserve their shape. The result is a louver that is warped or split, and a window treatment that won’t shut properly.
Solid shutter louvers, especially those derived from a quality faux-wood composite, will preserve their shape basically forever. Because of the rigid structure, your shutters will always snap shut every time, and you won’t even need to think about light or heat loss leaking 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. You’ll never find a assurance like that with a product that uses hollow louvers.
Solid Shutter Louvers Are More Energy Efficient
Hollow louvers may possess some energy-efficient benefits, but they don’t hold a candle to solid louver shutters. Part of it is that hollow louvers usually are made with plastic or vinyl -- materials that aren’t known to be energy efficient. These materials are more porous and pliable than a faux-wood louver and may box in heat within the hollow center. This causes a hollow louver to bow or break.
Then as your shutter louvers warp over time and don’t shut properly, your energy efficiency is lost. Heat loss won’t be blocked entirely, and air will begin to flow through without obstruction, making your room hotter or colder. Now, all you have are flimsy, broken interior shutters that can’t stop light or air.
Solid shutter louvers are more densely packed and are generally effective at blocking heat loss/gain through the window. Quality faux wood shutters are the best at energy efficiency, as their construction is made from a impervious material that will never expand or contract. That means your window treatment will closes tight every time, giving you a consistent way to regulate the air flow around your windows.
Our Polywood shutters are seen as the pinnacle of energy-efficient window treatments in Cincinnati, as they use an extra layer of weather stripping. With the stripping, each solid louver will “lock” into place and effectively seal the window from outside air. It’s been shown that with our faux wood composite plus the weather-stripping, Polywood shutters are 70% more energy-efficient than wood shutters and up to 1600% more energy efficient than aluminum blinds.
Reach Out To Sunburst For Polywood Shutters With Solid Louvers
In order to find energy-efficient shutters that don’t warp, bow or crack, just contact Sunburst Shutters Cincinnati. We’ll demonstrate our line of Polywood shutters, and how they can improve your windows for years to come. Just call 513-216-9740 to book your in-home consultation.