When you start shopping for window treatments in Austin, you will immediately see that there are some tempting budget plantation shutter choices. While they may feel right at first, a more detailed look and you will find that they save money by using materials like plastic or vinyl. They will also make their shutters with hollow louvers, which gives you a lightweight and cheaper shutter. Ideally, these look like they should work, and you may wonder how much disparity can there be between hollow and solid louvers?
Of course, you should prioritize plantation shutters with solid shutter louvers if you want your treatments to maintain their shape, color, and energy-efficient properties over a lifetime. 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
During the day in Austin, your rooms absorb heat and cold, and so do your window treatments. Hollow louvers won’t have a lot of structural support. So when they widen and condense because of the temperature changes, it's difficult for the louvers to keep their shape. This results in a louver that is warped or split, and a window treatment that won’t close properly.
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 rigid structure, your shutters will always snap shut every time, and you won’t even need to think about outside light or air seeping through because of sagging louvers. The warranty of our Polywood shutters assures that your louvers will never warp or sag for the lifetime of the product. It’s doubtful you’ll find a warranty like that with a shutter that is constructed with hollow louvers.
Solid Shutter Louvers Keeps Air In
Hollow louvers may possess some energy-efficient perks, but they don’t hold a candle to solid louver shutters. Unfortunately, hollow louvers generally are constructed with plastic or vinyl -- materials that just aren’t that energy efficient. These louvers are more porous and flexible than a faux-wood louver and may catch heat within the hollow center. This allows a hollow louver to bow or break.
Then as your louvers bend over time and leaves you gaps when shut, they stop being energy efficient. Heat loss is a problem, and air will begin to flow through unencumbered, making your room feel uncomfortable. Now, all you have left are ineffective, broken interior shutters that let in both light and air.
Solid shutter louvers are more rigid and dense and are more effective at blocking airflow through the window. Quality faux wood shutters go one step further, as their louvers are made from a non-porous material that shouldn’t expand or contract. That means your plantation shutter will snap close every time, giving you a consistent way to regulate the temperature around your windows.
Our Polywood shutters are known as the apex of energy-efficient window treatments in Austin, as they contain an extra layer of weather stripping. With the stripping, each solid louver will “lock” into place and effectively seal the window from outside air. We’ve seen that with our faux wood composite plus the weather-stripping, Polywood shutters are 70% more energy-efficient than hardwood plantation shutters and up to 1600% more efficient than aluminum blinds.
Contact Sunburst For Polywood Shutters With Solid Louvers
In order to find energy-efficient shutters that will never warp, bow or break, the first step is to contact Sunburst Shutters Austin. We’ll show you our line of Polywood shutters, and how they can improve your windows while providing practical benefits. Just call 512-549-6077 to set up your in-home consultation.