When you start searching for window treatments in Phoenix, you will find that there are a bunch of interesting 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 allows the window treatment to be less expensive. On the surface, these look like they should work, and really how much difference 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 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 Keep Their Shape
During the day in Phoenix, your rooms heat up or cool down, and so do your window treatments. Hollow louvers are usually made of subpar material. So when your treatments expand and contract because of temperature fluctuations, it's challenging for the louvers to preserve their shape. This results in a louver that is warped or split, and a plantation shutter that can’t close properly.
Solid shutter louvers, especially those derived from a sturdy faux-wood composite, will maintain their shape over the lifetime of the shutter. Because of the inflexible structure, your window treatment will fully close every time, and you won’t even need to think about outside light or heat loss seeping through due to misshapen louvers. The warranty of our Polywood shutters even guarantees that your louvers will never buckle or split for the lifetime of the product. You’ll never 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 benefits, but they don’t come close 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 flexible than a faux-wood composite and may box in heat within the hollow center. This causes a hollow louver to bow or crack.
Then as your louvers distort over time and don’t shut properly, your energy efficiency is gone. Heat loss is a problem, and the air will start to flow through unencumbered, making your room feel uncomfortable. Now, all you have are unattractive, broken window treatments that can’t stop light or air.
Solid shutter louvers have more density and are generally effective at blocking heat loss/gain through the window. Quality faux wood shutters are better at energy efficiency, as their material is made from a non-porous material that won’t expand or contract. The louver will never bow, giving you a dependable way to manage the heat loss around your windows.
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, each solid louver will “lock” into place and effectively seal the window from the elements. 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 energy efficient than aluminum blinds.
Contact Sunburst For Polywood Shutters With Solid Louvers
In order to order energy-efficient shutters that don’t warp, bow or crack, 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.