Why You Should Insist On Solid Shutter Louvers In Houston

Cory Cryer

When you begin searching for window treatments in Houston, you might discover that there are plenty of enticing budget plantation shutter options. 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 economical. On the surface, these look like a good idea, and really is there really any disparity between hollow and solid louvers?

Of course, you should prioritize plantation shutters with solid shutter louvers if you want your window treatments to maintain their shape, color, and energy-efficient properties over a lifetime. Hollow louvers won’t live 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 Houston 

Throughout the day in Houston, your rooms get warmer and colder, and so do your plantation shutters. Hollow louvers trap air within the hollow core. So when the shutters widen and condense because of temperature fluctuations, it's challenging for the louvers to preserve their shape. This results in a louver that is warped or split, and a window treatment that won’t close properly.

hollow shutter louver 

Solid shutter louvers, especially those made from a high-tech faux-wood composite, will maintain their shape over the lifetime of the shutter. Because of the inflexible structure, your shutters will always snap shut every time, and you won’t even need to think about light or air slipping through your sagging louvers. The warranty of our Polywood shutters assures that your louvers will never warp or sag for the lifetime of the product. You’ll never find a assurance like that with a window treatment that uses hollow louvers.

Solid Shutter Louvers Have Better Energy Efficiency

Plantation Shutters in Houston Living Room 

Hollow louvers may possess some energy-efficient features, 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 pliable than a faux-wood construct 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 don’t shut properly, they can no longer be called energy efficient. Heat loss won’t be blocked entirely, and the air will start to flow through easily, making your room warmer or cooler. Now, all you have left are ineffective, warped shutters that won’t block sun glare or heat loss.

Solid shutter louvers are more densely packed and can be more effective at blocking temperature fluxuations through the window. Quality faux wood shutters are the best at energy efficiency, as their construction is made from a impermeable material that shouldn’t expand or contract. The louver will never bow, giving you a dependable way to manage the heat loss around your windows.

shutters in Houston with weatherstripping 

Our Polywood shutters have been held as the apex of energy-efficient window treatments in Houston, as they contain an extra benefit of weather stripping. With the stripping, every louver will “lock” into place and completely secure the window from air flow. It’s been proven that with our faux wood composite and added weather-stripping, Polywood shutters are 70% more energy-efficient than hardwood shutters and up to 1600% more energy efficient than aluminum blinds.

Contact Sunburst For Polywood Shutters With Solid Louvers

In order to get energy-efficient shutters that don’t warp, bow or break, just contact Sunburst Shutters Houston. We’ll bring you our line of Polywood shutters, and how they can improve your window’s energy-efficiency and style. Just contact 713-853-9629 to schedule your in-home consultation.