When you start searching for window treatments in Orlando, you will find that there are a bunch of enticing budget plantation shutter options. While they may look nice at first, a second glance can reveal that those companies save money by settling on cheap materials like plastic or vinyl. They may also outfit their shutters with hollow louvers, which makes the shutter lightweight and cheaper. Ideally, these look like they should work, and really what’s the big deal between hollow and solid louvers?
For a quality covering, you should prioritize plantation shutters with solid shutter louvers if you want your treatments to preserve 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’s why:
Solid Shutter Louvers Will Keep Their Shape
During the day in Orlando, your window panes heat up or cool down, and so do your shutters. Hollow louvers trap air inside the louver. So when the shutters swell and shrink because of temperature fluctuations, it's difficult for hollow louvers to maintain their shape. This results in a louver that is warped or split, and a window treatment that can’t shut properly.
Solid shutter louvers, especially those constructed from a quality faux-wood composite, will maintain their shape from day 1 to day 10,001. Because of the inflexible structure, your coverings will completely shut every time, and you won’t even need to think about light or heat loss seeping through your sagging louvers. The warranty of our Polywood shutters pledges that your louvers will never warp or sag for the lifetime of the product. Most likely you won’t find a guarantee like that with a window treatment that uses hollow louvers.
Solid Shutter Louvers Keeps Air In
Hollow louvers may offer some energy-efficient perks, but they don’t hold a candle to solid louver shutters. Part of it is that hollow louvers generally are constructed with plastic or vinyl -- materials that just aren’t that energy efficient. These louvers are permeable and flexible than a faux-wood construct and may trap heat within the hollow center. This allows a hollow louver to bend or crack.
Then as your window treatments bend over time and don’t shut properly, they cease to be energy efficient. Heat loss won’t be blocked entirely, and air will begin to flow through easily, making your room warmer or cooler. Now, all you have left are flimsy, misshapen window treatments that let in both light and air.
Solid shutter louvers have more density and can be more effective at blocking airflow through the window. Quality faux wood shutters are the best at energy efficiency, as their louvers are made from a non-porous material that won’t expand or contract. That means your window treatment will closes tight every time, giving you a dependable way to regulate the heat loss around your windows.
Our Polywood shutters have been held as the pinnacle of energy-efficient window treatments in Orlando, as they contain an extra layer of weather stripping. With the stripping, each shutter louver will “lock” into place and completely secure the window from the elements. We’ve seen that with our faux wood composite and added 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 get energy-efficient shutters that won’t warp, bend or snap, the first step is to contact Sunburst Shutters Orlando. We’ll show you our line of Polywood shutters, and how they can improve your windows while providing practical benefits. Just phone 407-630-7011 to set up your in-home consultation.