When you start shopping for window treatments in San Diego, you will immediately see that there are a bunch of enticing budget plantation shutter choices. While they may look nice at first, a more detailed look can reveal that those companies save money by settling on cheap materials like plastic or vinyl. You can also find shutters with hollow louvers, which gives you a lightweight and less expensive window treatment. Superficially, these look like a good idea, but there is still the question: what’s the discrepancy between hollow and solid louvers?
Of course, you should buy plantation shutters with solid shutter louvers if you want your window coverings to preserve 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 Maintain Their Shape
Throughout the day in San Diego, your windows get warmer and colder, and so do your window treatments. Hollow louvers are usually made of subpar material. So when they swell and shrink because of the temperature changes, it's challenging for hollow louvers to keep their shape. What you get is a louver that is warped or split, and a plantation shutter that won’t shut properly.
Solid shutter louvers, especially those constructed from a sturdy faux-wood composite, will maintain 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 your warped louvers. The warranty of our Polywood shutters even guarantees that your louvers will never buckle or split for the lifetime of the product. You’ll never find a guarantee like that with a shutter that features hollow louvers.
Solid Shutter Louvers Keeps Air In
Hollow louvers may have some energy-efficient features, but they don’t come close to solid louver shutters. Part of it is that hollow louvers usually are made with plastic or vinyl -- materials that aren’t thought of as energy efficient. These components are more porous and flexible than a faux-wood composite and may catch heat within the hollow center. This causes a hollow louver to bow or break.
Then as your window treatments distort over time and leaves you gaps when shut, your energy efficiency is relinquished. Heat loss won’t be blocked entirely, and the air will start to flow through unencumbered, making your room warmer or cooler. Now, all you are left with are flimsy, broken interior shutters that can’t stop light or air.
Solid shutter louvers are more rigid and dense and are generally effective at blocking temperature fluxuations through the window. Quality faux wood shutters are better at energy efficiency, as their material is made from a impervious material that won’t expand or contract. That means your window treatment will shut completely every time, giving you a consistent way to control the temperature around your windows.
Our Polywood shutters are seen as the apex of energy-efficient window treatments in San Diego, as they have an extra layer of weather stripping. With the stripping, each solid louver will “lock” into place and isolate the window from air flow. We’ve seen that with our faux wood composite and added weather-stripping, Polywood shutters are 70% more energy-efficient than wood shutters and up to 1600% more effective at blocking air flow than aluminum blinds.
Call On Sunburst For Polywood Shutters With Solid Louvers
In order to order energy-efficient shutters that won’t warp, bend or break, you should contact Sunburst Shutters San Diego. We’ll bring you our line of Polywood shutters, and how they can improve your windows while providing practical benefits. Just phone 760-405-8887 to book your in-home consultation.