Why You Should Get Solid Shutter Louvers In San Antonio

Tyler Jorgensen

When you start looking at window treatments in San Antonio, you might discover 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 using materials like plastic or vinyl. They may also outfit their shutters with hollow louvers, which makes the window treatment lightweight and cheaper. Ideally, these look like a good idea, and you may wonder what’s the discrepancy between hollow and solid louvers?

For a quality covering, you should insist on plantation shutters with solid shutter louvers if you want your window 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’s why:

Solid Shutter Louvers Will Uphold Their Shape

Plantation shutters by flowers in San Antonio 

Throughout the day in San Antonio, your windows get warmer and colder, and so do your window treatments. Hollow louvers are usually made of flexible material. So when your treatments 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 shutter that can’t shut properly.

open shutter louver 

Solid shutter louvers, especially those derived from a high-tech faux-wood composite, will keep 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 warped louvers. The warranty of our Polywood shutters pledges 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 Keeps Air In

Interior Shutters in San Antonio Living Room 

Hollow louvers may offer some energy-efficient perks, but they don’t come close to solid louver shutters. The main problem is that hollow louvers generally are constructed with plastic or vinyl -- materials that aren’t known to be energy efficient. These components are permeable and flexible than a faux-wood composite and may catch heat within the hollow center. This leads a hollow louver to warp or crack.

Then as your window treatments warp over time and leaves you gaps when shut, they can no longer be called energy efficient. Heat loss won’t be blocked entirely, and air will start to flow through unencumbered, making your room hotter or colder. Now, all you have left 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 are better at energy efficiency, as their material is made from a non-porous material that shouldn’t expand or contract. The shutter will never bow, giving you a dependable way to regulate the air flow around your windows.

plantation shutters in San Antonio with weatherstripping 

Our Polywood shutters are known as the peak of energy-efficient window treatments in San Antonio, as they have an extra layer of weather stripping. With the stripping, each shutter louver will “lock” into place and isolate the window from air flow. It’s been shown that with our faux wood composite along with weather-stripping, Polywood shutters are 70% more energy-efficient than wood plantation shutters and up to 1600% more efficient than aluminum blinds.

Call On Sunburst For Polywood Shutters With Solid Louvers

To get your energy-efficient shutter with solid louvers, 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 schedule your in-home consultation.