Why You Should Insist On Solid Shutter Louvers In Southern California

Kimball Jones

When you begin searching for window treatments in Southern California, you will immediately see that there are plenty of enticing budget plantation shutter choices. While they may look nice at first, a closer inspection will show that those companies save money by making their shutters with materials like plastic or vinyl. They may also outfit their shutters with hollow louvers, which makes the shutter lighter and cheaper. Ideally, these look like they should work, and really is there really any discrepancy between hollow and solid louvers?

Of course, you should insist on plantation shutters with solid shutter louvers if you want your window treatments to keep 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, but why?

Solid Shutter Louvers Will Maintain Their Shape

Plantation shutters by flowers in Southern California 

Whether it’s summer or winter in Southern California, your windows heat up or cool down, and so do your window treatments. Hollow louvers trap air inside the louver. So when they expand and contract because of the temperature changes, it's challenging for the louvers to maintain their shape. What you get is a louver that is warped or split, and a window treatment 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 inflexible structure, your window treatment will fully close every time, and you won’t have to wonder about light or heat slipping 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. Most likely you won’t find a warranty like that with a product that uses hollow louvers.

Solid Shutter Louvers Keeps Air In

Plantation Shutters in Southern California Living Room 

Hollow louvers may possess some energy-efficient features, but they don’t stack up to solid louver shutters. Unfortunately, hollow louvers are most likely built with plastic or vinyl -- materials that aren’t known to be energy efficient. These materials are more porous and flexible than a faux-wood composite and may trap heat within the hollow center. This causes a hollow louver to bow or crack.

Then as your louvers distort over time and leaves you gaps when shut, they stop being energy efficient. Heat loss won’t be blocked entirely, and air will start to flow through unencumbered, making your room hotter or colder. Now, all you have are unattractive, broken interior shutters that can’t stop light or air.

Solid shutter louvers are more densely packed and are more effective at blocking airflow through the window. Quality faux wood shutters go one step further, as their material is made from a non-porous material that will never expand or contract. The louver will never warp, giving you a consistent way to control the heat loss around your windows.

plantation shutters in Southern California with weatherstripping 

Our Polywood shutters are known as the apex of energy-efficient window treatments in Southern California, as they use an extra benefit of weather stripping. With the stripping, each solid louver will “lock” into place and isolate the window from outside air. It’s been proven that with our faux wood composite plus the weather-stripping, Polywood shutters are 70% more energy-efficient than real wood shutters and up to 1600% more efficient than aluminum blinds.

Call On Sunburst For Polywood Shutters With Solid Louvers

To get your energy-efficient faux wood shutters, you should contact Sunburst Shutters Southern CA. We’ll bring you our line of Polywood shutters, and how they can improve your windows for years to come. Just call 888-611-2474 to schedule your in-home consultation.