When you begin shopping for window treatments in Fort Lauderdale, you will immediately see that there are some enticing budget plantation shutter options. While they may feel right at first, a second glance will show that they save money by using materials like plastic or vinyl. They may also outfit their shutters with hollow louvers, which makes the plantation shutter lighter and less expensive. On the surface, these look like they should work, and you may wonder what’s the discrepancy between hollow and solid louvers?
For a quality covering, you should insist on plantation shutters with solid shutter louvers if you want your window treatments to keep 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
Throughout the day in Fort Lauderdale, your windows absorb heat and cold, and so do your shutters. Hollow louvers are usually made of flimsy material. So when the shutters swell and shrink because of the natural course of the day, it's challenging for the louvers to keep their shape. This results in a louver that is warped or split, and a plantation shutter that won’t shut properly.
Solid shutter louvers, especially those constructed from a sturdy faux-wood composite, will keep their shape over the lifetime of the shutter. Because of the durable structure, your window treatment will fully close every time, and you won’t even need to think about light or air leaking through your warped 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 Are More Energy Efficient
Hollow louvers may offer some energy-efficient benefits, 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 aren’t known to be energy efficient. These materials are permeable and flexible than a faux-wood louver and may box in heat within the hollow center. This leads a hollow louver to warp or break.
Then as your shutter louvers 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 have left are unattractive, warped window treatments that let in both light and air.
Solid shutter louvers are more rigid and dense and are generally effective at blocking airflow through the window. Quality faux wood shutters are better at energy efficiency, as their construction is made from a impervious material that will never expand or contract. The louver will never warp, giving you a consistent way to regulate the air flow around your windows.
Our Polywood shutters are known as the pinnacle 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. We’ve seen that with our faux wood composite along with weather-stripping, Polywood shutters are 70% more energy-efficient than wood 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 book your in-home consultation.