When you begin searching for window treatments in Philadelphia, you might discover that there are plenty of interesting budget plantation shutter choices. While they may seem ok at first, a second glance and you will find that those companies save money by using materials like plastic or vinyl. They may also outfit their shutters with hollow louvers, which allows the shutter to be more economical. On the surface, these look like there’s no difference, but there is still the question: is there actually any discrepancy 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 keep their shape, color, and energy-efficient properties forever. Hollow louvers can’t match up to the quality of our solid-louvered Polywood® Shutters, but why?
Solid Shutter Louvers Will Keep Their Shape
Throughout the day in Philadelphia, your window panes heat up or cool down, and so do your plantation shutters. Hollow louvers trap air within the hollow core. So when they widen and condense because of the natural course of the day, it's challenging for hollow louvers to keep their shape. What you get is a louver that is warped or split, and a window treatment that can’t close properly.
Solid shutter louvers, especially those derived from a sturdy faux-wood composite, will maintain their shape basically forever. Because of the inflexible structure, your window treatment will fully close every time, and you won’t even need to think 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 shutter that is constructed with hollow louvers.
Solid Shutter Louvers Have Better Energy Efficiency
Hollow louvers may have some energy-efficient features, but they don’t come close to solid louver shutters. Unfortunately, hollow louvers usually are made with plastic or vinyl -- materials that aren’t thought of as energy efficient. These materials are absorbent and bendable than a faux-wood louver 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 is now a concern, 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 heat loss/gain through the window. Quality faux wood shutters are better at energy efficiency, as their louvers are made from a non-porous material that shouldn’t expand or contract. The shutter will never bend, giving you an easy way to control the heat loss around your windows.
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, every louver will “lock” into place and completely secure the window from the elements. 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 find energy-efficient shutters that will never warp, bow or break, the first step is to 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.