When you start searching for window treatments in Gainesville, you will find that there are some interesting budget plantation shutter options. 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. You can also find shutters with hollow louvers, which gives you a lightweight and economical window treatment. Ideally, these look like a good idea, but there is still the question: is there actually any discrepancy between hollow and solid louvers?
For a quality covering, you should insist on plantation shutters with solid shutter louvers if you want your window treatments to preserve their shape, color, and energy-efficient properties forever. Hollow louvers just can’t hold 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 heat up or cool down, and so do your plantation shutters. Hollow louvers don’t have a rigid framework. So when they swell and shrink 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 window treatment that won’t shut properly.
Solid shutter louvers, especially those derived from a high-tech faux-wood composite, will keep their shape over the lifetime of the shutter. Because of the rigid structure, your shutters will always snap shut every time, and you won’t have to worry about outside light or heat leaking 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 warranty like that with a shutter that features hollow louvers.
Solid Shutter Louvers Are More Energy Efficient
Hollow louvers may possess some energy-efficient benefits, but they don’t come close to solid louver shutters. The main problem is that hollow louvers are most likely built with plastic or vinyl -- materials that just aren’t that energy efficient. These louvers are permeable and bendable than a faux-wood louver and may box in heat within the hollow center. This leads a hollow louver to bow or break.
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 start to flow through easily, making your room feel uncomfortable. Now, all you are left with are flimsy, misshapen interior shutters that won’t block sun glare or heat loss.
Solid shutter louvers are more densely packed and can be more effective at blocking heat loss/gain through the window. Quality faux wood shutters go one step further, as their construction is made from a non-porous material that will never 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 seen 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 effectively seal the window from outside air. It’s been shown 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
In order to find energy-efficient shutters that will never warp, bow or snap, you should contact Sunburst Shutters Gainesville. We’ll bring you our line of Polywood shutters, and how they can improve your windows for years to come. Just call 813-602-5966 to book your in-home consultation.