When you start looking at window treatments in San Antonio, you will find that there are plenty of tempting budget plantation shutter products. While they may look nice at first, a second glance 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 gives you a lightweight and economical window treatment. Ideally, these look like they should work, and you may wonder what’s the discrepancy between hollow and solid louvers?
Of course, you should prioritize plantation shutters with solid shutter louvers if you want your treatments to preserve 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 are just a few reasons why:
Solid Shutter Louvers Will Uphold Their Shape
Throughout the day in San Antonio, your windows get warmer and colder, and so do your window treatments. Hollow louvers are usually made of flimsy material. So when your treatments expand and contract because of the natural course of the day, it's challenging for hollow 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 derived from a quality faux-wood composite, will maintain their shape over the lifetime of the shutter. Because of the rigid structure, your shutters will always snap shut every time, and you won’t have to wonder about light or heat slipping through your misshapen louvers. The warranty of our Polywood shutters pledges that your louvers will never bend or warp for the lifetime of the product. You’ll never find a assurance like that with a window treatment that features hollow louvers.
Solid Shutter Louvers Keeps Air In
Hollow louvers may offer some energy-efficient perks, but they don’t stack up to solid louver shutters. The main problem is that hollow louvers generally are constructed with plastic or vinyl -- materials that just aren’t that energy efficient. These materials are permeable and flexible than a faux-wood louver and may trap heat within the hollow center. This leads a hollow louver to warp or crack.
Then as your shutter louvers bend over time and leaves you gaps when shut, they can no longer be called energy efficient. Heat loss is now a concern, and air will start to flow through easily, making your room warmer or cooler. Now, all you are left with are unattractive, misshapen interior shutters that can’t stop light or air.
Solid shutter louvers are more rigid and dense and are generally effective at blocking temperature fluxuations through the window. Quality faux wood shutters go one step further, as their louvers are made from a impermeable material that shouldn’t expand or contract. You’re left with a shutter that snaps shut every time, giving you a dependable way to regulate the air flow around your windows.
Our Polywood shutters are seen as the peak of energy-efficient window treatments in San Antonio, as they contain an extra layer of weather stripping. With the stripping, each shutter louver will “lock” into place and isolate the window from air flow. We’ve seen that with our faux wood composite along with 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
When you want to install interior shutters that will hold up against heat and cold, just contact Sunburst Shutters San Antonio. We’ll demonstrate our line of Polywood shutters, and how they can improve your windows while providing practical benefits. Just contact 210-876-0377 to book your in-home consultation.