Why You Should Get Solid Shutter Louvers In Phoenix

Greg Arnett

When you start searching for window treatments in Phoenix, you will find that there are a bunch of tempting budget plantation shutter products. While they may seem ok at first, a more detailed look can reveal that those companies save money by settling on cheap materials like plastic or vinyl. They will also make their shutters with hollow louvers, which makes the window treatment lightweight and less expensive. Superficially, these look like they should work, and really what’s the big deal between hollow and solid louvers?

Of course, you should prioritize plantation shutters with solid shutter louvers if you need your treatments to preserve 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 are just a few reasons why:

Solid Shutter Louvers Will Maintain Their Shape

Plantation shutters by flowers in Phoenix 

Throughout the day in Phoenix, your rooms heat up or cool down, and so do your shutters. Hollow louvers don’t have much structural integrity. So when your treatments swell and shrink because of the natural course of the day, it's challenging for hollow louvers to preserve their shape. The result is a louver that is warped or split, and a plantation shutter that can’t close properly.

open shutter louver 

Solid shutter louvers, especially those derived from a sturdy faux-wood composite, will keep their shape basically forever. Because of the inflexible structure, your window treatment will fully close every time, and you won’t have to worry about outside light or heat loss leaking through due to warped louvers. The warranty of our Polywood shutters assures that your louvers will never buckle or split for the lifetime of the product. You’ll never find a guarantee like that with a window treatment that is constructed with hollow louvers.

Solid Shutter Louvers Are More Energy Efficient

Interior Shutters in Phoenix Living Room 

Hollow louvers may offer some energy-efficient perks, but they don’t hold a candle to solid louver shutters. Part of it is that hollow louvers generally are constructed with plastic or vinyl -- materials that just aren’t that energy efficient. These materials are more porous and bendable than a faux-wood composite and may box in heat within the hollow center. This allows a hollow louver to bow or crack.

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 the air will start to flow through easily, making your room feel uncomfortable. Now, all you have are unattractive, broken window treatments that can’t stop light or air.

Solid shutter louvers are more densely packed and are generally 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 window treatment will snap close every time, giving you a dependable way to manage the heat loss around your windows.

plantation shutters in Phoenix with weatherstripping 

Our Polywood shutters are seen as the pinnacle of energy-efficient window treatments in Phoenix, as they use 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 along with 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 need to install interior shutters that stand the test of time, the first step is to contact Sunburst Shutters Phoenix. We’ll show you our line of Polywood shutters, and how they can improve your windows while providing practical benefits. Just call 480-485-7743 to set up your in-home consultation.