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Why You Should Insist On Solid Shutter Louvers In Southern California

October 04, 2019

When you start searching for window treatments in Southern California, you will find that there are some interesting budget plantation shutter choices. While they may seem ok at first, a closer inspection and you will find that those companies save money by using materials like plastic or vinyl. You can also find shutters with hollow louvers, which allows the window treatment to be less expensive. Superficially, these look like there’s no difference, but there is still the question: what’s the big deal between hollow and solid louvers?

Of course, you should prioritize plantation shutters with solid shutter louvers if you need your window treatments to keep their shape, color, and energy-efficient properties over a lifetime. Hollow louvers just can’t hold 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 Southern California 

Whether it’s summer or winter in Southern California, your window panes absorb heat and cold, and so do your plantation shutters. Hollow louvers trap air within each louver. So when they expand and contract because of the temperature changes, it's hard for the shutters to maintain their shape. The result is a louver that is warped or split, and a plantation shutter that won’t close properly.

hollow shutter louver 

Solid shutter louvers, especially those made from a sturdy faux-wood composite, will maintain their shape from day 1 to day 10,001. Because of the durable structure, your window treatment will fully close every time, and you won’t even need to think about light or heat loss leaking through because of misshapen 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 assurance like that with a product that uses hollow louvers.

Solid Shutter Louvers Have Better Energy Efficiency

Interior Shutters in Southern California Living Room 

Hollow louvers may offer some energy-efficient features, but they don’t stack up to solid louver shutters. Unfortunately, hollow louvers usually are made with plastic or vinyl -- materials that aren’t thought of as energy efficient. These louvers are permeable and pliable than a faux-wood louver and may catch heat within the hollow center. This allows a hollow louver to bend or crack.

Then as your window treatments bend over time and leaves you gaps when shut, your energy efficiency is gone. Heat loss is a problem, and air will begin to flow through unencumbered, making your room warmer or cooler. Now, all you have left are ineffective, misshapen interior shutters that can’t stop light or air.

Solid shutter louvers are more densely packed and are generally effective at blocking airflow through the window. Quality faux wood shutters are better at energy efficiency, as their construction is made from a impervious material that won’t expand or contract. All you get is a shutter that always closes tight every time, giving you a consistent way to control the air flow around your windows. 

plantation shutters in Southern California with weatherstripping 

Our Polywood shutters have been held as the pinnacle of energy-efficient window treatments in Southern California, as they use an extra layer of weather stripping. With the stripping, each solid louver will “lock” into place and completely secure 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 wood plantation shutters and up to 1600% more energy efficient than aluminum blinds.

Contact Sunburst For Polywood Shutters With Solid Louvers

To find your energy-efficient shutter with solid louvers, the first step is to contact Sunburst Shutters Southern CA. We’ll show you our line of Polywood shutters, and how they can improve your windows for years to come. Just contact 888-611-2474 to schedule your in-home consultation.