When you start shopping for window treatments in Boise, you will find that there are plenty of tempting budget plantation shutter choices. While they may look nice at first, a closer inspection can reveal that they save money by settling on cheap materials like plastic or vinyl. You can also find shutters with hollow louvers, which allows the shutter to be cheaper. Superficially, these look like a good idea, and really how much variation can there be between hollow and solid louvers?
For a quality covering, you should buy plantation shutters with solid shutter louvers if you want your treatments to preserve 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
During the day in Boise, your windows heat up or cool down, and so do your window treatments. Hollow louvers are usually made of flexible material. So when your treatments expand and contract because of temperature fluctuations, it's challenging for the shutters to keep their shape. The result is a louver that is warped or split, and a window treatment that can’t close properly.
Solid shutter louvers, especially those derived from a high-tech faux-wood composite, will keep their shape basically forever. Because of the durable structure, your coverings will completely shut every time, and you won’t have to wonder about outside 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. It’s doubtful you’ll find a guarantee like that with a product that uses hollow louvers.
Solid Shutter Louvers Are More Energy Efficient
Hollow louvers may offer some energy-efficient perks, but they don’t stack up to solid louver shutters. Part of it is that hollow louvers generally are constructed with plastic or vinyl -- materials that just aren’t that energy efficient. These louvers are absorbent and pliable than a faux-wood louver and may trap heat within the hollow center. This allows a hollow louver to bend or crack.
Then as your window treatments bend over time and leaves you gaps when shut, your energy efficiency is lost. Heat loss won’t be blocked entirely, and air will start to flow through without obstruction, making your room feel uncomfortable. Now, all you have are ineffective, misshapen interior shutters that let in both light and air.
Solid shutter louvers are more rigid and dense and are more effective at blocking heat loss/gain through the window. Quality faux wood shutters go one step further, as their material is made from a impervious material that shouldn’t expand or contract. You’re left with a shutter that snaps shut every time, giving you a consistent way to regulate the temperature around your windows.
Our Polywood shutters are seen as the apex of energy-efficient window treatments in Boise, 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 proven that with our faux wood composite plus the weather-stripping, Polywood shutters are 70% more energy-efficient than hardwood shutters and up to 1600% more energy efficient than aluminum blinds.
Call On Sunburst For Polywood Shutters With Solid Louvers
When you want to install interior shutters that will hold up against heat and cold, the first step is to contact Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions. We’ll bring you our line of Polywood shutters, and how they can improve your windows for years to come. Just contact 208-609-9129 to schedule your in-home consultation.