Why You Should Insist On Solid Shutter Louvers In Fort Lauderdale

Danielle Micich

When you begin looking at window treatments in Fort Lauderdale, you will immediately see that there are some enticing budget plantation shutter choices. While they may feel right at first, a second glance and you will find that they save money by making their shutters with materials like plastic or vinyl. They may also outfit their shutters with hollow louvers, which gives you a lighter and economical shutter. Superficially, these look like a good idea, and you may wonder what’s the discrepancy between hollow and solid louvers?

For a quality covering, you should prioritize plantation shutters with solid shutter louvers if you want your treatments 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, and here’s why:

Solid Shutter Louvers Will Maintain Their Shape

Plantation shutters by flowers in Fort Lauderdale 

During the day in Fort Lauderdale, your windows absorb heat and cold, and so do your shutters. Hollow louvers are usually made of flexible material. So when the shutters expand and contract because of the natural course of the day, it's challenging for the louvers to maintain their shape. This results in a louver that is warped or split, and a plantation shutter that won’t shut properly.

open shutter louver 

Solid shutter louvers, especially those constructed from a sturdy faux-wood composite, will keep their shape basically forever. Because of the durable structure, your coverings will completely shut every time, and you won’t have to worry about light or air leaking through your warped louvers. The warranty of our Polywood shutters even guarantees 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 Are More Energy Efficient

Interior Shutters in Fort Lauderdale Living Room 

Hollow louvers may offer some energy-efficient perks, but they don’t stack up to solid louver shutters. The main problem is that hollow louvers usually are made with plastic or vinyl -- materials that just aren’t that energy efficient. These components are permeable and bendable than a faux-wood composite and may box in heat within the hollow center. This leads a hollow louver to bend or snap.

Then as your window treatments distort over time and leaves you gaps when shut, your energy efficiency is relinquished. Heat loss is a problem, and air will begin to flow through easily, making your room hotter or colder. Now, all you are left with are unattractive, broken window treatments that let in both light and air.

Solid shutter louvers are more rigid and dense and are generally effective at blocking heat loss/gain through the window. Quality faux wood shutters go one step further, as their construction is made from a impervious material that will never expand or contract. The louver will never bend, giving you an easy way to control the temperature around your windows.

plantation shutters in Fort Lauderdale with weatherstripping 

Our Polywood shutters are known as the apex of energy-efficient window treatments in Fort Lauderdale, as they use an extra layer of weather stripping. With the stripping, every louver will “lock” into place and completely secure the window from outside air. It’s been shown that with our faux wood composite along with weather-stripping, Polywood shutters are 70% more energy-efficient than hardwood plantation shutters and up to 1600% more efficient than aluminum blinds.

Reach Out To Sunburst For Polywood Shutters With Solid Louvers

When you want to install shutters that will last forever, you should contact Sunburst Shutters Fort Lauderdale. We’ll bring you our line of Polywood shutters, and how they can improve your windows while providing practical benefits. Just phone 561-440-8535 to schedule your in-home consultation.