When you start shopping for window treatments in Kingsport, you will find that there are a bunch of enticing budget plantation shutter products. While they may feel right at first, a closer inspection and you will find that they save money by using materials like plastic or vinyl. They will also make their shutters with hollow louvers, which gives you a lightweight and economical shutter. Ideally, these look like they should work, and really how much variation can there be between hollow and solid louvers?
For a quality covering, you should prioritize plantation shutters with solid shutter louvers if you need your window coverings to maintain their shape, color, and energy-efficient properties over a lifetime. Hollow louvers can’t match up to the quality of our solid-louvered Polywood® Shutters, and here’s why:
Solid Shutter Louvers Will Uphold Their Shape
Whether it’s summer or winter in Kingsport, your window panes absorb heat and cold, and so do your shutters. Hollow louvers are usually made of flimsy material. So when the shutters expand and contract because of temperature fluctuations, it's difficult for hollow louvers to maintain their shape. This results in a louver that is warped or split, and a window treatment that won’t shut properly.
Solid shutter louvers, especially those derived from a quality 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 air leaking through because of warped louvers. The warranty of our Polywood shutters assures that your louvers will never bend or warp 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
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 louver and may trap heat within the hollow center. This causes a hollow louver to bow or crack.
Then as your shutter louvers warp over time and don’t shut properly, your energy efficiency is gone. 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, warped interior shutters that let in both light and air.
Solid shutter louvers are more densely packed and can be more effective at blocking heat loss/gain through the window. Quality faux wood shutters are better at energy efficiency, as their louvers are made from a impermeable material that won’t expand or contract. The shutter will never bend, giving you an easy way to control the air flow around your windows.
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, every louver will “lock” into place and completely secure the window from air flow. It’s been shown 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.
Contact Sunburst For Polywood Shutters With Solid Louvers
To find your energy-efficient shutter with solid louvers, 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 contact 276-685-5343 to schedule your in-home consultation.