When you start shopping for window treatments in Atlanta, you might discover that there are some interesting budget plantation shutter options. While they may feel right at first, a second glance will show that those companies save money by settling on cheap materials like plastic or vinyl. They may also outfit their shutters with hollow louvers, which makes the shutter lightweight and cheaper. Superficially, these look like a good idea, and really is there actually any difference between hollow and solid louvers?
For a quality covering, you should prioritize plantation shutters with solid shutter louvers if you want your window coverings to preserve their shape, color, and energy-efficient properties over a lifetime. Hollow louvers just can’t hold up to the quality of our solid-louvered Polywood® Shutters, and here are just a few reasons why:
Solid Shutter Louvers Will Keep Their Shape
Throughout the day in Atlanta, your window panes absorb heat and cold, and so do your plantation shutters. Hollow louvers don’t have a lot of structural support. So when your treatments expand and contract because of the temperature changes, it's hard for hollow louvers to maintain their shape. This results in a louver that is warped or split, and a window treatment that can’t close properly.
Solid shutter louvers, especially those constructed from a high-tech faux-wood composite, will preserve their shape from day 1 to day 10,001. Because of the inflexible structure, your shutters will always snap shut every time, and you won’t have to wonder about outside light or heat loss leaking 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. It’s doubtful you’ll find a guarantee like that with a window treatment that features hollow louvers.
Solid Shutter Louvers Have Better Energy Efficiency
Hollow louvers may have some energy-efficient features, but they don’t come close to solid louver shutters. Unfortunately, hollow louvers generally are constructed with plastic or vinyl -- materials that aren’t thought of as energy efficient. These louvers are absorbent and bendable than a faux-wood louver and may catch heat within the hollow center. This leads a hollow louver to bend or break.
Then as your louvers bend over time and won’t snap shut, your energy efficiency is lost. Heat loss is now a concern, and air will begin to flow through without obstruction, making your room feel uncomfortable. Now, all you have left are unattractive, warped window treatments that can’t stop light or air.
Solid shutter louvers are more densely packed and can be more effective at blocking temperature fluxuations through the window. Quality faux wood shutters go one step further, as their material is made from a impervious material that will never expand or contract. The shutter will never warp, giving you a consistent way to regulate the air flow around your windows.
Our Polywood shutters are seen as the peak of energy-efficient window treatments in Atlanta, as they use an extra layer of weather stripping. With the stripping, each solid louver will “lock” into place and isolate the window from the elements. 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 efficient than aluminum blinds.
Call On Sunburst For Polywood Shutters With Solid Louvers
When you want to install plantation shutters that stand the test of time, the first step is to contact Sunburst Shutters Atlanta. We’ll show you our line of Polywood shutters, and how they can improve your windows for years to come. Just phone 404-962-8517 to book your in-home consultation.