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Why You Should Insist On Solid Shutter Louvers In Detroit

October 04, 2019

When you start shopping for window treatments in Detroit, you might discover that there are a bunch of interesting budget plantation shutter choices. While they may seem ok at first, a closer inspection and you will find that they save money by making their shutters with materials like plastic or vinyl. They will also make their shutters with hollow louvers, which makes the shutter lighter and economical. Superficially, these look like they should work, and you may wonder is there actually any disparity between hollow and solid louvers?

Of course, you should insist on plantation shutters with solid shutter louvers if you need your window treatments to keep 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, and here are just a few reasons why:

Solid Shutter Louvers Will Uphold Their Shape

Plantation shutters by flowers in Detroit 

Throughout the day in Detroit, your window panes heat up or cool down, and so do your window treatments. Hollow louvers trap air within each louver. So when your treatments swell and shrink because of temperature fluctuations, it's challenging 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.

hollow shutter louver 

Solid shutter louvers, especially those derived from a sturdy faux-wood composite, will maintain their shape basically forever. Because of the durable structure, your window treatment will fully close every time, and you won’t have to worry about light or air leaking through your warped louvers. The warranty of our Polywood shutters pledges 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 product that uses hollow louvers.

Solid Shutter Louvers Keeps Air In

Plantation Shutters in Detroit Living Room 

Hollow louvers may offer some energy-efficient perks, but they don’t come close to solid louver shutters. Part of it is that hollow louvers are most likely built with plastic or vinyl -- materials that aren’t thought of as energy efficient. These louvers are more porous and pliable than a faux-wood composite and may catch heat within the hollow center. This causes a hollow louver to warp or break.

Then as your louvers distort over time and won’t snap shut, they stop being energy efficient. Heat loss is a problem, and the air will begin to flow through unencumbered, making your room feel uncomfortable. Now, all you are left with are flimsy, misshapen interior shutters that let in both light and air.

Solid shutter louvers are more densely packed and are more effective at blocking temperature fluxuations through the window. Quality faux wood shutters go one step further, as their material is made from a non-porous material that won’t expand or contract. Now you have a shutter that completely shuts every time, giving you an easy way to control the heat loss around your windows. 

interior shutters in Detroit with weatherstripping 

Our Polywood shutters are known as the apex of energy-efficient window treatments in Detroit, as they contain an extra layer of weather stripping. With the stripping, each shutter 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 wood 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 break, just contact Sunburst Shutters Detroit. We’ll demonstrate our line of Polywood shutters, and how they can improve your windows while providing practical benefits. Just contact 248-429-9294 to set up your in-home consultation.