Why You Should Want Solid Shutter Louvers In Austin

Tyler Jorgensen

When you start looking at window treatments in Austin, you will immediately see that there are plenty of tempting budget plantation shutter products. While they may feel right at first, a more detailed look and you will find that they save money by making their shutters with materials like plastic or vinyl. You can also find shutters with hollow louvers, which makes the plantation shutter lighter and less expensive. Ideally, these look like a good idea, but there is still the question: is there really any disparity between hollow and solid louvers?

For a quality covering, you should prioritize plantation shutters with solid shutter louvers if you want your window treatments to maintain their shape, color, and energy-efficient properties for years to come. Hollow louvers can’t match up to the quality of our solid-louvered Polywood® Shutters, and here’s why:

Solid Shutter Louvers Will Maintain Their Shape

Plantation shutters by flowers in Austin 

Throughout the day in Austin, your rooms absorb heat and cold, and so do your window treatments. Hollow louvers trap air inside the louver. So when the shutters widen and condense because of the temperature changes, it's hard for hollow louvers to maintain their shape. This results in a louver that is warped or split, and a window treatment that won’t close properly.

hollow shutter louver 

Solid shutter louvers, especially those made from a sturdy faux-wood composite, will keep their shape from day 1 to day 10,001. Because of the durable structure, your shutters will always snap shut every time, and you won’t have to worry about outside light or heat seeping through due to sagging louvers. The warranty of our Polywood shutters assures that your louvers will never warp or sag for the lifetime of the product. You’ll never find a guarantee like that with a shutter that is constructed with hollow louvers.

Solid Shutter Louvers Keeps Air In

Plantation Shutters in Austin Living Room 

Hollow louvers may have 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 aren’t known to be energy efficient. These louvers are absorbent and bendable 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 warp over time and leaves you gaps when shut, they cease to be energy efficient. Heat loss is a problem, and air will begin to flow through easily, making your room feel uncomfortable. Now, all you are left with 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 heat loss/gain through the window. Quality faux wood shutters go one step further, as their material is made from a non-porous material that shouldn’t expand or contract. You’re left with a shutter that completely shuts every time, giving you an easy way to regulate the air flow around your windows.

interior shutters in Austin with weatherstripping 

Our Polywood shutters are seen as the apex of energy-efficient window treatments in Austin, as they have an extra layer of weather stripping. With the stripping, every louver will “lock” into place and effectively seal the window from the elements. We’ve seen 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

In order to find energy-efficient shutters that won’t warp, bow or break, you should contact Sunburst Shutters Austin. We’ll bring you our line of Polywood shutters, and how they can improve your windows while providing practical benefits. Just contact 512-549-6077 to set up your in-home consultation.