Why You Should Get Solid Shutter Louvers In Boise

Spencer Madsen

When you start looking at window treatments in Boise, you will find that there are plenty of interesting budget plantation shutter choices. While they may seem ok 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 gives you a lightweight and economical window covering. On the surface, these look like they should work, and really what’s the big deal between hollow and solid louvers?

Of course, you should buy plantation shutters with solid shutter louvers if you want your treatments to preserve their shape, color, and energy-efficient properties for years to come. Hollow louvers just can’t hold up to the quality of our solid-louvered Polywood® Shutters, but why?

Solid Shutter Louvers Will Uphold Their Shape

Plantation shutters by flowers in Boise 

During the day in Boise, your window panes heat up or cool down, and so do your shutters. Hollow louvers trap air inside the louver. So when your treatments expand and contract because of the natural course of the day, it's challenging for the shutters to maintain their shape. The result is a louver that is warped or split, and a window treatment that can’t close properly.

hollow shutter louver 

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 durable structure, your coverings will completely shut every time, and you won’t have to wonder about outside light or air seeping through your misshapen louvers. The warranty of our Polywood shutters pledges that your louvers will never buckle or split for the lifetime of the product. You’ll never find a guarantee like that with a shutter that uses hollow louvers.

Solid Shutter Louvers Have Better Energy Efficiency

Plantation Shutters in Boise Living Room 

Hollow louvers may offer some energy-efficient benefits, but they don’t stack up to solid louver shutters. Part of it is that hollow louvers usually are made with plastic or vinyl -- materials that just aren’t that 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 crack.

Then as your shutter louvers warp over time and leaves you gaps when shut, they can no longer be called energy efficient. Heat loss is now a concern, 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 can be more effective at blocking airflow through the window. Quality faux wood shutters are better at energy efficiency, as their material is made from a impervious material that shouldn’t expand or contract. The louver will never bend, giving you an easy way to regulate the temperature around your windows.

shutters in Boise with weatherstripping 

Our Polywood shutters are known as the pinnacle of energy-efficient window treatments in Boise, as they have 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 wood shutters and up to 1600% more energy efficient than aluminum blinds.

Call On Sunburst For Polywood Shutters With Solid Louvers

In order to find energy-efficient shutters that don’t warp, bend or break, 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 window’s energy-efficiency and style. Just call 208-609-9129 to book your in-home consultation.