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Why You Should Get Solid Shutter Louvers In Fort Myers

October 04, 2019

When you start shopping for window treatments in Fort Myers, you will immediately see that there are some interesting budget plantation shutter products. While they may look nice at first, a second glance will show that they save money by using materials like plastic or vinyl. They may also outfit their shutters with hollow louvers, which allows the covering to be cheaper. Superficially, these look like a good idea, but there is still the question: is there really any discrepancy between hollow and solid louvers?

Of course, you should buy plantation shutters with solid shutter louvers if you want your window treatments to maintain their shape, color, and energy-efficient properties for years to come. Hollow louvers can’t match up to the quality of our solid-louvered Polywood® Shutters, and here’s why:

Solid Shutter Louvers Will Keep Their Shape

Plantation shutters by flowers in Fort Myers 

During the day in Fort Myers, your window panes heat up or cool down, and so do your window treatments. Hollow louvers trap air within each louver. So when the shutters swell and shrink because of the natural course of the day, it's difficult for the shutters to preserve their shape. The result is a louver that is warped or split, and a plantation shutter that won’t shut properly.

hollow shutter louver 

Solid shutter louvers, especially those derived from a sturdy faux-wood composite, will keep their shape basically forever. Because of the rigid structure, your coverings will completely shut every time, and you won’t have to wonder about light or heat slipping through because of misshapen louvers. The warranty of our Polywood shutters assures that your louvers will never bend or warp for the lifetime of the product. You’ll never find a warranty like that with a window treatment that features hollow louvers.

Solid Shutter Louvers Are More Energy Efficient

Interior Shutters in Fort Myers Living Room 

Hollow louvers may possess some energy-efficient features, but they don’t hold a candle to solid louver shutters. Unfortunately, hollow louvers usually are made with plastic or vinyl -- materials that just aren’t that energy efficient. These materials are more porous and pliable than a faux-wood construct and may trap heat within the hollow center. This leads a hollow louver to warp or crack.

Then as your shutter louvers warp over time and leaves you gaps when shut, your energy efficiency is gone. Heat loss is a problem, and the air will begin to flow through without obstruction, making your room feel uncomfortable. Now, all you are left with are flimsy, misshapen interior shutters that can’t stop light or air.

Solid shutter louvers are more rigid and dense and are generally effective at blocking airflow through the window. Quality faux wood shutters go one step further, as their material is made from a impervious material that won’t expand or contract. The treatment will never bend, giving you an easy way to regulate the air flow around your windows.

plantation shutters in Fort Myers with weatherstripping 

Our Polywood shutters have been held as the peak of energy-efficient window treatments in Fort Myers, as they have an extra layer of weather stripping. With the stripping, every louver will “lock” into place and effectively seal the window from the elements. It’s been proven that with our faux wood composite along with weather-stripping, Polywood shutters are 70% more energy-efficient than real wood plantation 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, bow or crack, just contact Sunburst Shutters Fort Myers. We’ll bring you our line of Polywood shutters, and how they can improve your windows while providing practical benefits. Just contact 239-208-6577 to set up your in-home consultation.

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