Why You Should Get Solid Shutter Louvers In Cincinnati

Lisa Renee Nieberding

When you start shopping for window treatments in Cincinnati, you might discover that there are a bunch of tempting budget plantation shutter products. While they may look nice 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 allows the covering to be less expensive. Superficially, these look like there’s no difference, and you may wonder what’s the 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 forever. Hollow louvers can’t match 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 Cincinnati 

Throughout the day in Cincinnati, your rooms get warmer and colder, and so do your shutters. Hollow louvers trap air within the hollow core. So when they swell and shrink because of the temperature changes, it's difficult for hollow louvers to preserve their shape. The result is a louver that is warped or split, and a shutter that won’t shut properly.

open shutter louver 

Solid shutter louvers, especially those derived from a high-tech 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 have to worry about light or heat loss leaking through because of sagging louvers. The warranty of our Polywood shutters even guarantees that your louvers will never warp or sag for the lifetime of the product. It’s doubtful you’ll find a assurance like that with a shutter that features hollow louvers.

Solid Shutter Louvers Have Better Energy Efficiency

Plantation Shutters in Cincinnati Living Room 

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 usually are made with plastic or vinyl -- materials that aren’t known to be energy efficient. These materials are absorbent and pliable than a faux-wood louver and may box in heat within the hollow center. This causes a hollow louver to bow or snap.

Then as your window treatments bend over time and don’t shut properly, your energy efficiency is lost. Heat loss is now a concern, and air will begin to flow through without obstruction, making your room warmer or cooler. Now, all you have are flimsy, warped window treatments that can’t stop light or air.

Solid shutter louvers have more density 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 shouldn’t expand or contract. You’re left with a window treatment that completely shuts every time, giving you an easy way to regulate the air flow around your windows.

shutters in Cincinnati with weatherstripping 

Our Polywood shutters are seen as the apex of energy-efficient window treatments in Cincinnati, 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 shown that with our faux wood composite and added weather-stripping, Polywood shutters are 70% more energy-efficient than hardwood shutters and up to 1600% more 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 snap, just contact Sunburst Shutters Cincinnati. We’ll demonstrate our line of Polywood shutters, and how they can improve your window’s energy-efficiency and style. Just call 513-216-9740 to book your in-home consultation.