When you start shopping for window treatments in Destin, you will immediately see that there are some interesting budget plantation shutter options. While they may seem ok at first, a more detailed look and you will find that those companies 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 shutter. Superficially, these look like they should work, and really how much variation can there be between hollow and solid louvers?
Of course, you should insist on plantation shutters with solid shutter louvers if you want your window coverings to keep their shape, color, and energy-efficient properties forever. 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
Throughout the day in Destin, your windows absorb heat and cold, and so do your plantation shutters. Hollow louvers trap air inside the louver. So when they widen and condense because of temperature fluctuations, it's challenging for hollow louvers to keep their shape. What you get is a louver that is warped or split, and a plantation shutter that can’t close properly.
Solid shutter louvers, especially those derived from a quality faux-wood composite, will maintain their shape basically forever. Because of the rigid structure, your window treatment will fully close every time, and you won’t have to wonder about light or air slipping through because of sagging louvers. The warranty of our Polywood shutters even guarantees that your louvers will never buckle or split for the lifetime of the product. It’s doubtful you’ll find a assurance like that with a window treatment that is constructed with hollow louvers.
Solid Shutter Louvers Are More Energy Efficient
Hollow louvers may have some energy-efficient perks, but they don’t stack up to solid louver shutters. Unfortunately, hollow louvers are most likely built with plastic or vinyl -- materials that aren’t thought of as energy efficient. These louvers are more porous and bendable than a faux-wood louver and may trap heat within the hollow center. This causes a hollow louver to warp or snap.
Then as your louvers distort over time and don’t shut properly, they can no longer be called energy efficient. Heat loss is a problem, and air will begin to flow through without obstruction, making your room warmer or cooler. Now, all you are left with are unattractive, broken interior shutters that let in both light and air.
Solid shutter louvers are more densely packed and can be more effective at blocking airflow through the window. Quality faux wood shutters are the best at energy efficiency, as their louvers are made from a non-porous material that won’t expand or contract. You’re left with a interior shutter that snaps shut every time, giving you a consistent way to regulate the air flow around your windows.
Our Polywood shutters have been held as the apex of energy-efficient window treatments in Destin, as they have an extra layer of weather stripping. With the stripping, every louver will “lock” into place and effectively seal the window from outside air. It’s been proven that with our faux wood composite and added weather-stripping, Polywood shutters are 70% more energy-efficient than hardwood plantation shutters and up to 1600% more effective at blocking air flow than aluminum blinds.
Call On Sunburst For Polywood Shutters With Solid Louvers
When you need to install interior shutters that will last forever, just contact Sunburst Shutters Destin. We’ll bring you our line of Polywood shutters, and how they can improve your windows for years to come. Just contact 850-203-0419 to set up your in-home consultation.