When you begin searching for window treatments in Houston, you will find 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 gives you a lightweight and economical window covering. Superficially, these look like they should work, and really is there really any disparity between hollow and solid louvers?
For a quality covering, you should insist on plantation shutters with solid shutter louvers if you want your treatments to keep their shape, color, and energy-efficient properties for years to come. 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
During the day in Houston, your rooms heat up or cool down, and so do your plantation shutters. Hollow louvers trap air within the hollow core. So when they widen and condense because of the natural course of the day, it's challenging for hollow louvers to preserve their shape. This results in a louver that is warped or split, and a shutter that won’t close properly.
Solid shutter louvers, especially those constructed from a high-tech faux-wood composite, will keep their shape basically forever. Because of the inflexible structure, your shutters will always snap shut every time, and you won’t have to worry about light or air slipping through your sagging louvers. The warranty of our Polywood shutters even guarantees that your louvers will never bend or warp for the lifetime of the product. It’s doubtful you’ll find a assurance like that with a window treatment that features hollow louvers.
Solid Shutter Louvers Have Better Energy Efficiency
Hollow louvers may possess some energy-efficient features, but they don’t come close 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 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 break.
Then as your shutter louvers distort over time and won’t snap shut, your energy efficiency is relinquished. Heat loss is now a concern, and the air will start to flow through easily, making your room hotter or colder. Now, all you have left are flimsy, warped shutters that won’t block sun glare or heat loss.
Solid shutter louvers are more densely packed and are 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. All you get is a window treatment that completely shuts every time, giving you a dependable way to manage the heat loss around your windows.
Our Polywood shutters have been held as the apex of energy-efficient window treatments in Houston, as they have an extra benefit of weather stripping. With the stripping, every louver will “lock” into place and effectively seal 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 wood shutters and up to 1600% more efficient than aluminum blinds.
Contact Sunburst For Polywood Shutters With Solid Louvers
When you want to install plantation shutters that will last forever, just contact Sunburst Shutters Houston. We’ll show you our line of Polywood shutters, and how they can improve your windows for years to come. Just call 713-853-9629 to schedule your in-home consultation.