Why You Should Insist On Solid Shutter Louvers In Kingsport

Jacob Hayes

When you start looking at window treatments in Kingsport, you might discover that there are a bunch of enticing budget plantation shutter products. While they may feel right at first, a more detailed look will show that they save money by making their shutters with materials like plastic or vinyl. They will also make their shutters with hollow louvers, which makes the window treatment lightweight and economical. Ideally, these look like a good idea, and really what’s the big deal between hollow and solid louvers?

Of course, you should insist on plantation shutters with solid shutter louvers if you need your window coverings to maintain their shape, color, and energy-efficient properties for years to come. 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 Uphold Their Shape

Plantation shutters by flowers in Kingsport 

Whether it’s summer or winter in Kingsport, your window panes absorb heat and cold, and so do your window treatments. Hollow louvers don’t have much structural integrity. So when they swell and shrink because of the natural course of the day, it's difficult for hollow louvers to maintain their shape. The result is a louver that is warped or split, and a window treatment that won’t shut properly.

hollow shutter louver 

Solid shutter louvers, especially those derived from a high-tech faux-wood composite, will maintain their shape from day 1 to day 10,001. Because of the durable structure, your shutters will always snap shut every time, and you won’t even need to think about outside light or heat seeping through because of misshapen louvers. The warranty of our Polywood shutters even guarantees that your louvers will never warp or sag for the lifetime of the product. It’s doubtful you’ll find a warranty like that with a window treatment that is constructed with hollow louvers.

Solid Shutter Louvers Have Better Energy Efficiency

Plantation Shutters in Kingsport Living Room 

Hollow louvers may offer 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 permeable and flexible than a faux-wood composite and may trap heat within the hollow center. This allows a hollow louver to bow or crack.

Then as your shutter louvers bend 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 hotter or colder. Now, all you have left are unattractive, warped window treatments that let in both light and air.

Solid shutter louvers are more densely packed and are more effective at blocking airflow through the window. Quality faux wood shutters are better at energy efficiency, as their louvers are made from a non-porous material that won’t expand or contract. That means your shutter will closes tight every time, giving you an easy way to control the temperature around your windows.

plantation shutters in Kingsport with weatherstripping 

Our Polywood shutters are known as the pinnacle of energy-efficient window treatments in Kingsport, as they contain an extra benefit of weather stripping. With the stripping, each solid louver will “lock” into place and completely secure the window from air flow. We’ve seen that with our faux wood composite plus the weather-stripping, Polywood shutters are 70% more energy-efficient than wood plantation shutters and up to 1600% more effective at blocking air flow than aluminum blinds.

Contact Sunburst For Polywood Shutters With Solid Louvers

In order to get energy-efficient shutters that don’t warp, bow or snap, just contact Sunburst Shutters Kingsport. We’ll demonstrate our line of Polywood shutters, and how they can improve your windows for years to come. Just call 276-378-7422 to book your in-home consultation.