Why You Should Get Solid Shutter Louvers In Raleigh

Blake Jarman

When you begin searching for window treatments in Raleigh, you might discover that there are plenty of tempting budget plantation shutter choices. While they may feel right at first, a more detailed look 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 allows the window treatment to be less expensive. Superficially, these look like there’s no difference, and really how much disparity can there be between hollow and solid louvers?

But the truth of the matter is that you should insist on plantation shutters with solid shutter louvers if you need your window treatments to preserve their shape, color, and energy-efficient properties for years to come. Hollow louvers just can’t hold up to the quality of our solid-louvered Polywood® Shutters, but why?

Solid Shutter Louvers Will Uphold Their Shape

Plantation shutters by flowers in Raleigh 

Throughout the day in Raleigh, your window panes absorb heat and cold, and so do your shutters. Hollow louvers are usually made of flimsy material. So when the shutters expand and contract 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 shutter that can’t shut properly.

open shutter louver 

Solid shutter louvers, especially those made from a quality faux-wood composite, will keep their shape from day 1 to day 10,001. Because of the durable structure, your shutters will always snap shut every time, and you won’t even need to think about outside light or heat seeping through your sagging louvers. The warranty of our Polywood shutters even guarantees that your louvers will never warp or sag 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

Interior Shutters in Raleigh Living Room 

Hollow louvers may offer some energy-efficient perks, but they don’t come close to solid louver shutters. Part of it is that hollow louvers usually are made with plastic or vinyl -- materials that aren’t known to be energy efficient. These components are absorbent and flexible than a faux-wood composite and may catch heat within the hollow center. This leads a hollow louver to bow or snap.

Then as your shutter louvers distort over time and don’t shut properly, your energy efficiency is relinquished. 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 can be 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. That means your plantation shutter will shut completely every time, giving you a consistent way to control the heat loss around your windows.

interior shutters in Raleigh with weatherstripping 

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 outside air. It’s been proven that with our faux wood composite plus the weather-stripping, Polywood shutters are 70% more energy-efficient than wood plantation shutters and up to 1600% more energy efficient than aluminum blinds.

Contact Sunburst For Polywood Shutters With Solid Louvers

In order to find energy-efficient shutters that won’t warp, bow or break, you should contact Sunburst Shutters Raleigh. We’ll bring you our line of Polywood shutters, and how they can improve your window’s energy-efficiency and style. Just call 919-887-9198 to book your in-home consultation.