Why You Should Get Solid Shutter Louvers In Gainesville10/04/2019Eric Ramsey When you start searching for window treatments in Gainesville, you might discover that there are plenty of tempting budget plantation shutter choices. While they may feel right 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 you may wonder how much disparity can there be between hollow and solid louvers? Of course, you should insist on plantation shutters with solid shutter louvers if you want your treatments to preserve their shape, color, and energy-efficient properties forever. Hollow louvers can’t match 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 Whether it’s summer or winter in Gainesville, your windows get warmer and colder, and so do your plantation shutters. Hollow louvers don’t have a rigid framework. So when they expand and contract because of the temperature changes, it's difficult for the louvers to keep their shape. What you get is a louver that is warped or split, and a shutter that won’t shut properly. Solid shutter louvers, especially those derived from a high-tech faux-wood composite, will maintain their shape over the lifetime of the shutter. Because of the inflexible structure, your shutters will always snap shut every time, and you won’t have to worry about outside light or air seeping through due to sagging louvers. The warranty of our Polywood shutters assures that your louvers will never buckle or split for the lifetime of the product. Most likely you won’t find a guarantee like that with a shutter that features hollow louvers. Solid Shutter Louvers Are More Energy Efficient Hollow louvers may have some energy-efficient perks, but they don’t hold a candle to solid louver shutters. Part of it is that hollow louvers are most likely built with plastic or vinyl -- materials that aren’t known to be energy efficient. These louvers are permeable and flexible than a faux-wood composite and may box in heat within the hollow center. This leads a hollow louver to bow or snap. Then as your window treatments warp over time and leaves you gaps when shut, they stop being energy efficient. Heat loss won’t be blocked entirely, and the air will begin to flow through easily, making your room feel uncomfortable. Now, all you have left are ineffective, misshapen window treatments that won’t block sun glare or heat loss. Solid shutter louvers are more densely packed and are more effective at blocking airflow through the window. Quality faux wood shutters are better at energy efficiency, as their construction is made from a non-porous material that shouldn’t expand or contract. The shutter will never bow, giving you a dependable way to regulate the air flow around your windows. Our Polywood shutters are known as the apex of energy-efficient window treatments in Gainesville, as they have an extra layer of weather stripping. With the stripping, each solid louver will “lock” into place and completely secure the window from outside air. We’ve seen that with our faux wood composite and added weather-stripping, Polywood shutters are 70% more energy-efficient than real wood shutters and up to 1600% more efficient than aluminum blinds. Reach Out To Sunburst For Polywood Shutters With Solid Louvers To order your energy-efficient shutter with solid louvers, you should contact Sunburst Shutters Gainesville. We’ll show you our line of Polywood shutters, and how they can improve your window’s energy-efficiency and style. Just contact 813-602-5966 to book your in-home consultation.