Why You Should Insist On Solid Shutter Louvers In Tampa

Eric Ramsey

When you start searching for window treatments in Tampa, you will find that there are a bunch of interesting budget plantation shutter choices. While they may seem ok at first, a closer inspection will show that those companies save money by settling on cheap materials like plastic or vinyl. They will also make their shutters with hollow louvers, which gives you a lightweight and economical window treatment. Ideally, these look like a good idea, and really is there really any discrepancy between hollow and solid louvers?

For a quality covering, 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

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Throughout the day in Tampa, your windows heat up or cool down, and so do your window treatments. Hollow louvers are usually made of flexible material. So when the shutters swell and shrink because of the natural course of the day, it's difficult for hollow louvers to keep their shape. The result is a louver that is warped or split, and a shutter that can’t shut properly.

hollow shutter louver 

Solid shutter louvers, especially those constructed from a sturdy faux-wood composite, will keep their shape over the lifetime of the shutter. Because of the durable structure, your window treatment will fully close every time, and you won’t even need to think about light or heat loss leaking 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 features hollow louvers.

Solid Shutter Louvers Keeps Air In

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Hollow louvers may possess some energy-efficient perks, but they don’t hold a candle to solid louver shutters. Unfortunately, hollow louvers usually are made with plastic or vinyl -- materials that aren’t thought of as energy efficient. These materials are absorbent 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 ineffective, misshapen shutters that can’t stop light or air.

Solid shutter louvers have more density and are more effective at blocking airflow 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. All you get is a shutter that always closes tight every time, giving you an easy way to manage the temperature around your windows.

interior shutters in Tampa with weatherstripping 

Our Polywood shutters are seen as the peak of energy-efficient window treatments in Tampa, as they have 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 and added 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 contact 813-580-7288 to set up your in-home consultation.