When you begin looking at window treatments in Honolulu, you will immediately see that there are a bunch of interesting budget plantation shutter options. While they may seem ok at first, a more detailed look will show that they save money by making their shutters with materials like plastic or vinyl. They may also outfit their shutters with hollow louvers, which makes the shutter lighter and cheaper. On the surface, these look like they should work, but there is still the question: what’s the discrepancy between hollow and solid louvers?
But the truth of the matter is that you should prioritize plantation shutters with solid shutter louvers if you want your window coverings to maintain their shape, color, and energy-efficient properties forever. Hollow louvers won’t live up to the quality of our solid-louvered Polywood® Shutters, but why?
Solid Shutter Louvers Will Maintain Their Shape
Whether it’s summer or winter in Honolulu, your windows get warmer and colder, and so do your shutters. Hollow louvers won’t have a rigid framework. So when your treatments swell and shrink because of temperature fluctuations, it's hard for the shutters to keep their shape. The result is a louver that is warped or split, and a shutter that can’t close properly.
Solid shutter louvers, especially those derived from a sturdy faux-wood composite, will maintain 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 wonder about light or heat seeping through because of warped louvers. The warranty of our Polywood shutters even guarantees that your louvers will never buckle or split for the lifetime of the product. Most likely you won’t find a guarantee like that with a shutter that uses hollow louvers.
Solid Shutter Louvers Are More Energy Efficient
Hollow louvers may possess some energy-efficient features, but they don’t hold a candle to solid louver shutters. Part of it is that hollow louvers are most likely built with plastic or vinyl -- materials that aren’t known to be energy efficient. These materials are permeable and flexible than a faux-wood construct and may trap heat within the hollow center. This causes a hollow louver to warp or break.
Then as your louvers bend over time and don’t shut properly, your energy efficiency is gone. Heat loss is now a concern, and the air will begin to flow through easily, making your room hotter or colder. Now, all you are left with are ineffective, warped window treatments that let in both light and air.
Solid shutter louvers have more density and can be more effective at blocking airflow through the window. Quality faux wood shutters are the best at energy efficiency, as their material is made from a impervious material that won’t expand or contract. Now you have a shutter that snaps shut every time, giving you a consistent way to control the temperature around your windows.
Our Polywood shutters have been held as the peak of energy-efficient window treatments in Honolulu, as they have an extra benefit of weather stripping. With the stripping, each solid louver will “lock” into place and effectively seal the window from air flow. It’s been proven that with our faux wood composite and added weather-stripping, Polywood shutters are 70% more energy-efficient than wood shutters and up to 1600% more effective at blocking air flow than aluminum blinds.
Contact Sunburst For Polywood Shutters With Solid Louvers
When you need to install interior shutters that stand the test of time, you should contact Sunburst Shutters Honolulu. We’ll demonstrate our line of Polywood shutters, and how they can improve your window’s energy-efficiency and style. Just phone 808-797-2004 to set up your in-home consultation.