Why You Should Get Solid Shutter Louvers In Fort Myers

Charlie Cole and Brady Parker

When you start shopping for window treatments in Fort Myers, you will immediately see that there are some tempting budget plantation shutter products. While they may look nice at first, a second glance and you will find that they save money by making their shutters with materials like plastic or vinyl. They may also outfit their shutters with hollow louvers, which allows the covering to be less expensive. On the surface, these look like a good idea, and you may wonder is there really any discrepancy between hollow and solid louvers?

For a quality covering, you should buy plantation shutters with solid shutter louvers if you want your treatments to maintain 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’s why:

Solid Shutter Louvers Will Maintain Their Shape

Plantation shutters by flowers in Fort Myers 

Throughout the day in Fort Myers, your windows get warmer and colder, and so do your shutters. Hollow louvers don’t have a rigid framework. So when they swell and shrink because of temperature fluctuations, it's hard 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 shutters will always snap shut every time, and you won’t have to wonder about light or heat slipping through due to misshapen louvers. The warranty of our Polywood shutters even guarantees that your louvers will never warp or sag for the lifetime of the product. You’ll never find a guarantee 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 have some energy-efficient features, but they don’t come close to solid louver shutters. Unfortunately, hollow louvers generally are constructed with plastic or vinyl -- materials that just aren’t that energy efficient. These materials are absorbent and pliable than a faux-wood construct and may trap heat within the hollow center. This leads a hollow louver to bend or crack.

Then as your window treatments distort over time and leaves you gaps when shut, your energy efficiency is lost. 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 ineffective, misshapen window treatments 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. That means your shutter will closes tight every time, giving you an easy way to control 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 contain 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

To get your energy-efficient faux wood shutters, just contact Sunburst Shutters Fort Myers. We’ll show you our line of Polywood shutters, and how they can improve your windows while providing practical benefits. Just call 239-208-6577 to set up your in-home consultation.