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Why You Should Want Solid Shutter Louvers In Clearwater

October 04, 2019

When you start shopping for window treatments in Clearwater, you will find that there are some enticing budget plantation shutter choices. While they may feel right at first, a second glance will show that those companies save money by making their shutters with materials like plastic or vinyl. You can also find shutters with hollow louvers, which makes the shutter lightweight and cheaper. Ideally, these look like they should work, and really how much variation can there be between hollow and solid louvers?

But the truth of the matter is that you should prioritize plantation shutters with solid shutter louvers if you want your window coverings 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’s why:

Solid Shutter Louvers Will Maintain Their Shape

Plantation shutters by flowers in Clearwater 

Whether it’s summer or winter in Clearwater, your rooms absorb heat and cold, and so do your shutters. Hollow louvers won’t have a lot of structural support. So when your treatments swell and shrink because of the natural course of the day, it's challenging for the shutters to maintain their shape. What you get is a louver that is warped or split, and a plantation shutter that won’t shut properly.

open shutter louver 

Solid shutter louvers, especially those derived from a high-tech faux-wood composite, will preserve 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 have to wonder about light or heat seeping through your misshapen louvers. The warranty of our Polywood shutters even guarantees that your louvers will never bend or warp for the lifetime of the product. You’ll never find a guarantee like that with a product that features hollow louvers.

Solid Shutter Louvers Are More Energy Efficient

Interior Shutters in Clearwater Living Room 

Hollow louvers may have some energy-efficient perks, but they don’t come close to solid louver shutters. Part of it is that hollow louvers are most likely built with plastic or vinyl -- materials that just aren’t that energy efficient. These louvers are permeable and bendable than a faux-wood composite and may box in heat within the hollow center. This allows a hollow louver to warp or break.

Then as your window treatments distort over time and won’t snap shut, your energy efficiency is gone. Heat loss is a problem, and the air will start to flow through easily, making your room feel uncomfortable. Now, all you have left are flimsy, warped shutters that let in both light and air.

Solid shutter louvers are more densely packed 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 window treatment will snap close every time, giving you a dependable way to manage the temperature around your windows. 

interior shutters in Clearwater with weatherstripping 

Our Polywood shutters are known as the peak of energy-efficient window treatments in Clearwater, as they contain an extra benefit of weather stripping. With the stripping, each solid louver will “lock” into place and isolate the window from air flow. It’s been shown that with our faux wood composite along with weather-stripping, Polywood shutters are 70% more energy-efficient than wood shutters and up to 1600% more effective at blocking air flow than aluminum blinds.

Reach Out To Sunburst For Polywood Shutters With Solid Louvers

When you need to install shutters that will hold up against heat and cold, you should contact Sunburst Shutters Clearwater. We’ll demonstrate our line of Polywood shutters, and how they can improve your windows while providing practical benefits. Just call 813-580-7288 to set up your in-home consultation.

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