When you start searching for window treatments in Tampa, you might discover that there are a bunch of tempting budget plantation shutter options. While they may look nice at first, a more detailed look and you will find 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 covering to be less expensive. Ideally, these look like a good idea, and really is there really any difference 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 over a lifetime. Hollow louvers just can’t hold up to the quality of our solid-louvered Polywood® Shutters, but why?
Solid Shutter Louvers Will Maintain Their Shape
Throughout the day in Tampa, your windows heat up or cool down, and so do your window treatments. Hollow louvers won’t have much structural integrity. So when they swell and shrink because of the natural course of the day, it's hard for hollow louvers to keep their shape. This results in a louver that is warped or split, and a shutter that can’t close properly.
Solid shutter louvers, especially those made from a sturdy faux-wood composite, will maintain their shape basically forever. Because of the rigid structure, your coverings will completely shut every time, and you won’t even need to think about light or heat loss seeping through your sagging louvers. The warranty of our Polywood shutters even guarantees that your louvers will never buckle or split for the lifetime of the product. It’s doubtful you’ll find a warranty like that with a window treatment that uses hollow louvers.
Solid Shutter Louvers Keeps Air In
Hollow louvers may have some energy-efficient perks, but they don’t hold a candle to solid louver shutters. Unfortunately, hollow louvers generally are constructed with plastic or vinyl -- materials that aren’t thought of as energy efficient. These components are more porous and pliable than a faux-wood construct and may catch heat within the hollow center. This leads a hollow louver to bow or snap.
Then as your shutter louvers distort over time and leaves you gaps when shut, your energy efficiency is relinquished. Heat loss is now a concern, and the air will begin to flow through without obstruction, making your room warmer or cooler. Now, all you have are flimsy, misshapen shutters that can’t stop light or air.
Solid shutter louvers have more density and are more effective at blocking heat loss/gain through the window. Quality faux wood shutters are the best at energy efficiency, as their construction is made from a impermeable material that won’t expand or contract. The treatment will never bend, giving you an easy way to manage the air flow around your windows.
Our Polywood shutters are known as the peak of energy-efficient window treatments in Tampa, as they contain an extra benefit of weather stripping. With the stripping, every louver will “lock” into place and completely secure the window from the elements. It’s been shown that with our faux wood composite plus the weather-stripping, Polywood shutters are 70% more energy-efficient than hardwood shutters and up to 1600% more efficient than aluminum blinds.
Contact Sunburst For Polywood Shutters With Solid Louvers
To find your energy-efficient shutter with solid louvers, the first step is to contact Sunburst Shutters Tampa. We’ll demonstrate our line of Polywood shutters, and how they can improve your windows while providing practical benefits. Just call 813-580-7288 to set up your in-home consultation.