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Why You Should Insist On Solid Shutter Louvers In Salt Lake City

October 04, 2019

When you start searching for window treatments in Salt Lake City, you will immediately see that there are plenty of interesting budget plantation shutter products. While they may seem ok at first, a closer inspection can reveal that those companies save money by using materials like plastic or vinyl. They may also outfit their shutters with hollow louvers, which gives you a lighter and cheaper window treatment. Superficially, these look like they should work, and you may wonder is there really any discrepancy between hollow and solid louvers?

Of course, you should buy plantation shutters with solid shutter louvers if you need your treatments to keep 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 Salt Lake City 

Throughout the day in Salt Lake City, your rooms absorb heat and cold, and so do your window treatments. Hollow louvers are usually made of flexible material. So when your treatments widen and condense because of temperature fluctuations, 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 can’t shut properly.

open shutter louver 

Solid shutter louvers, especially those made from a quality faux-wood composite, will keep their shape over the lifetime of the shutter. Because of the rigid structure, your shutters will always snap shut every time, and you won’t even need to think about light or heat seeping through because of misshapen louvers. The warranty of our Polywood shutters even guarantees that your louvers will never bend or warp for the lifetime of the product. Most likely you won’t find a assurance like that with a product that uses hollow louvers.

Solid Shutter Louvers Are More Energy Efficient

Interior Shutters in Salt Lake City Living Room 

Hollow louvers may have some energy-efficient features, but they don’t hold a candle to solid louver shutters. The main problem is that hollow louvers are most likely built with plastic or vinyl -- materials that just aren’t that energy efficient. These components are more porous and bendable than a faux-wood composite and may trap heat within the hollow center. This allows a hollow louver to bend or crack.

Then as your shutter louvers distort over time and leaves you gaps when shut, 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 have are ineffective, warped shutters that won’t block sun glare or heat loss.

Solid shutter louvers are more densely packed and are more effective at blocking airflow through the window. Quality faux wood shutters are the best at energy efficiency, as their louvers are made from a impermeable material that shouldn’t expand or contract. That means your shutter will snap close every time, giving you a dependable way to regulate the air flow around your windows. 

interior shutters in Salt Lake City with weatherstripping 

Our Polywood shutters are known as the peak of energy-efficient window treatments in Salt Lake City, as they contain 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 shown that with our faux wood composite and added weather-stripping, Polywood shutters are 70% more energy-efficient than real 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 faux wood shutters, you should contact Sunburst Shutters Salt Lake City. We’ll bring you our line of Polywood shutters, and how they can improve your windows while providing practical benefits. Just contact 801-515-3598 to schedule your in-home consultation.

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