Why You Should Get Solid Shutter Louvers In Honolulu

Darren Wong

When you begin looking at window treatments in Honolulu, you will immediately see that there are a bunch of interesting budget plantation shutter choices. While they may seem ok at first, a closer inspection and you will find that they save money by using materials like plastic or vinyl. They may also outfit their shutters with hollow louvers, which allows the window treatment to be more economical. On the surface, these look like they should work, and you may wonder how much variation can there be between hollow and solid louvers?

But the truth of the matter is that you should insist on 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 Keep Their Shape

Plantation shutters by flowers in Honolulu 

Whether it’s summer or winter in Honolulu, your windows heat up or cool down, and so do your shutters. Hollow louvers are usually made of flimsy material. So when your treatments swell and shrink because of the natural course of the day, it's difficult for the shutters to maintain their shape. This results in a louver that is warped or split, and a shutter that can’t close 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 durable structure, your window treatment will fully close every time, and you won’t have to wonder about light or air seeping through due to misshapen louvers. The warranty of our Polywood shutters assures that your louvers will never buckle or split for the lifetime of the product. Most likely you won’t find a warranty like that with a product that uses hollow louvers.

Solid Shutter Louvers Are More Energy Efficient

Interior Shutters in Honolulu Living Room 

Hollow louvers may possess some energy-efficient features, but they don’t come close 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 components are permeable and flexible than a faux-wood construct and may catch heat within the hollow center. This allows a hollow louver to warp or break.

Then as your louvers warp over time and won’t snap shut, they cease to be energy efficient. Heat loss won’t be blocked entirely, and the air will begin to flow through unencumbered, making your room hotter or colder. Now, all you are left with are flimsy, broken window treatments that won’t block sun glare or heat loss.

Solid shutter louvers have more density and can be more effective at blocking heat loss/gain 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. The shutter will never bend, giving you an easy way to control the air flow around your windows.

shutters in Honolulu with weatherstripping 

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, every 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.

Call On Sunburst For Polywood Shutters With Solid Louvers

To get your energy-efficient solid louver shutters, 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.