Why You Should Insist On Solid Shutter Louvers In Detroit

Steve Hill

When you start looking at window treatments in Detroit, you might discover that there are a bunch of interesting budget plantation shutter options. While they may seem ok at first, a more detailed look 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 gives you a lighter and less expensive window covering. On the surface, these look like they should work, and you may wonder how much variation can there be between hollow and solid louvers?

For a quality covering, you should insist on plantation shutters with solid shutter louvers if you need your window treatments to maintain their shape, color, and energy-efficient properties over a lifetime. Hollow louvers can’t match up to the quality of our solid-louvered Polywood® Shutters, but why?

Solid Shutter Louvers Will Uphold Their Shape

Plantation shutters by flowers in Detroit 

Throughout the day in Detroit, your windows get warmer and colder, and so do your window treatments. Hollow louvers won’t have much structural integrity. So when your treatments swell and shrink because of the natural course of the day, 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 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 have to worry about light or heat 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 warranty like that with a shutter that features 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 absorbent and pliable than a faux-wood composite and may trap heat within the hollow center. This allows a hollow louver to bend 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 start to flow through easily, making your room feel uncomfortable. Now, all you have left are flimsy, misshapen window treatments that let in both light and air.

Solid shutter louvers have more density and can be 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. That means your shutter will snap close every time, giving you an easy way to regulate 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. It’s been shown that with our faux wood composite plus the weather-stripping, Polywood shutters are 70% more energy-efficient than wood shutters and up to 1600% more energy efficient than aluminum blinds.

Call On Sunburst For Polywood Shutters With Solid Louvers

To get your energy-efficient solid louver shutters, 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.