When you begin searching for window treatments in Raleigh, you might discover that there are some interesting budget plantation shutter options. While they may feel right at first, a closer inspection 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 shutter lighter and economical. Superficially, these look like there’s no difference, and really what’s the problem between hollow and solid louvers?
But the truth of the matter is that you should prioritize plantation shutters with solid shutter louvers if you need your window treatments to preserve 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, but why?
Solid Shutter Louvers Will Uphold Their Shape
Throughout the day in Raleigh, your window panes absorb heat and cold, and so do your window treatments. Hollow louvers trap air within the hollow core. So when they expand and contract because of temperature fluctuations, it's challenging for the louvers to keep their shape. This results in a louver that is warped or split, and a window treatment that can’t shut properly.
Solid shutter louvers, especially those made from a high-tech faux-wood composite, will keep 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 worry about outside light or air seeping through your sagging louvers. The warranty of our Polywood shutters assures that your louvers will never bend or warp for the lifetime of the product. Most likely you won’t find a assurance like that with a shutter that is constructed with hollow louvers.
Solid Shutter Louvers Have Better Energy Efficiency
Hollow louvers may offer some energy-efficient perks, but they don’t hold a candle to solid louver shutters. Part of it is that hollow louvers usually are made with plastic or vinyl -- materials that just aren’t that energy efficient. These components are absorbent and bendable than a faux-wood composite and may trap heat within the hollow center. This leads a hollow louver to bow or snap.
Then as your window treatments distort over time and won’t snap shut, they stop being energy efficient. Heat loss is a problem, and the air will start to flow through unencumbered, making your room warmer or cooler. Now, all you have are ineffective, misshapen shutters that won’t block sun glare or heat loss.
Solid shutter louvers are more rigid and dense and are more effective at blocking airflow through the window. Quality faux wood shutters are the best at energy efficiency, as their construction is made from a impermeable material that won’t expand or contract. You’re left with a window treatment that snaps shut every time, giving you a consistent way to control the heat loss around your windows.
Our Polywood shutters have been held as the apex of energy-efficient window treatments in Raleigh, as they use an extra benefit of weather stripping. With the stripping, each solid louver will “lock” into place and isolate the window from the elements. It’s been proven that with our faux wood composite and added weather-stripping, Polywood shutters are 70% more energy-efficient than hardwood plantation shutters and up to 1600% more energy efficient than aluminum blinds.
Call On Sunburst For Polywood Shutters With Solid Louvers
To get your energy-efficient shutter with solid louvers, the first step is to contact Sunburst Shutters Raleigh. We’ll bring you our line of Polywood shutters, and how they can improve your windows for years to come. Just contact 919-887-9198 to schedule your in-home consultation.