Why You Should Insist On Solid Shutter Louvers In Philadelphia

Holly Perron

When you begin searching for window treatments in Philadelphia, you might discover that there are some tempting budget plantation shutter options. While they may seem ok at first, a second glance will show that those companies save money by using materials like plastic or vinyl. They may also outfit their shutters with hollow louvers, which makes the shutter lightweight and less expensive. On the surface, these look like there’s no difference, but there is still the question: how much difference can there be between hollow and solid louvers?

But the truth of the matter is that you should buy plantation shutters with solid shutter louvers if you want your window coverings to maintain their shape, color, and energy-efficient properties forever. Hollow louvers just can’t hold up to the quality of our solid-louvered Polywood® Shutters, but why?

Solid Shutter Louvers Will Maintain Their Shape

Plantation shutters by flowers in Philadelphia 

Throughout the day in Philadelphia, your windows heat up or cool down, and so do your plantation shutters. Hollow louvers trap air inside the louver. So when they widen and condense because of temperature fluctuations, it's challenging for hollow louvers to maintain their shape. What you get is a louver that is warped or split, and a shutter that can’t close properly.

open shutter louver 

Solid shutter louvers, especially those derived from a sturdy faux-wood composite, will keep their shape over the lifetime of the shutter. Because of the inflexible structure, your coverings will completely shut every time, and you won’t have to worry about outside light or heat loss slipping through your sagging louvers. The warranty of our Polywood shutters assures that your louvers will never buckle or split for the lifetime of the product. It’s doubtful you’ll find a guarantee like that with a product that is constructed with hollow louvers.

Solid Shutter Louvers Have Better Energy Efficiency

Plantation Shutters in Philadelphia Living Room 

Hollow louvers may have some energy-efficient features, but they don’t come close to solid louver shutters. Unfortunately, hollow louvers generally are constructed with plastic or vinyl -- materials that aren’t thought of as energy efficient. These materials are more porous and bendable than a faux-wood composite and may trap heat within the hollow center. This allows a hollow louver to warp or snap.

Then as your louvers distort over time and leaves you gaps when shut, they can no longer be called energy efficient. Heat loss won’t be blocked entirely, and the air will start to flow through without obstruction, making your room feel uncomfortable. Now, all you have are unattractive, misshapen shutters that can’t stop light or air.

Solid shutter louvers are more rigid and dense and can be 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 shouldn’t expand or contract. That means your plantation shutter will shut completely every time, giving you a consistent way to control the heat loss around your windows.

plantation shutters in Philadelphia with weatherstripping 

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

Call On Sunburst For Polywood Shutters With Solid Louvers

In order to get energy-efficient shutters that will never warp, bow or break, you should contact Sunburst Shutters Philadelphia. We’ll show you our line of Polywood shutters, and how they can improve your windows while providing practical benefits. Just contact 215-874-4897 to schedule your in-home consultation.