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Why You Should Want Solid Shutter Louvers In Seattle

October 04, 2019

When you begin searching for window treatments in Seattle, you will find that there are a bunch of enticing budget plantation shutter options. While they may look nice at first, a more detailed look and you will find that they save money by making their shutters with materials like plastic or vinyl. They will also make their shutters with hollow louvers, which gives you a lighter and less expensive window covering. Superficially, these look like there’s no difference, and really what’s the problem between hollow and solid louvers?

For a quality covering, you should insist on plantation shutters with solid shutter louvers if you want your window coverings to preserve their shape, color, and energy-efficient properties for years to come. Hollow louvers just can’t hold up to the quality of our solid-louvered Polywood® Shutters, and here’s why:

Solid Shutter Louvers Will Uphold Their Shape

Plantation shutters by flowers in Seattle 

Whether it’s summer or winter in Seattle, your rooms absorb heat and cold, and so do your plantation shutters. Hollow louvers are usually made of flexible material. So when they expand and contract because of the natural course of the day, it's difficult for hollow louvers to keep their shape. What you get is a louver that is warped or split, and a window treatment that can’t shut properly.

hollow shutter louver 

Solid shutter louvers, especially those made from a sturdy faux-wood composite, will preserve their shape from day 1 to day 10,001. Because of the durable structure, your shutters will always snap shut every time, and you won’t have to worry about outside light or heat loss slipping through due to sagging louvers. The warranty of our Polywood shutters assures that your louvers will never warp or sag for the lifetime of the product. Most likely you won’t find a guarantee like that with a window treatment that uses hollow louvers.

Solid Shutter Louvers Keeps Air In

Interior Shutters in Seattle Living Room 

Hollow louvers may possess some energy-efficient features, but they don’t stack up to solid louver shutters. Part of it is that hollow louvers are most likely built with plastic or vinyl -- materials that just aren’t that energy efficient. These louvers are absorbent and bendable than a faux-wood louver and may trap heat within the hollow center. This allows a hollow louver to bow or break.

Then as your louvers warp over time and won’t snap shut, they stop being energy efficient. Heat loss is a problem, and the air will start to flow through easily, making your room feel uncomfortable. Now, all you have are ineffective, broken shutters that let in both light and air.

Solid shutter louvers are more rigid and dense and can be more effective at blocking airflow through the window. Quality faux wood shutters go one step further, as their material is made from a impermeable material that shouldn’t expand or contract. That means your window treatment will closes tight every time, giving you a consistent way to manage the temperature around your windows. 

shutters in Seattle with weatherstripping 

Our Polywood shutters are seen as the peak of energy-efficient window treatments in Seattle, as they have an extra layer of weather stripping. With the stripping, each shutter louver will “lock” into place and effectively seal the window from outside air. It’s been proven that with our faux wood composite plus the weather-stripping, Polywood shutters are 70% more energy-efficient than wood plantation shutters and up to 1600% more energy efficient than aluminum blinds.

Contact Sunburst For Polywood Shutters With Solid Louvers

In order to order energy-efficient shutters that will never warp, sag or crack, the first step is to contact Sunburst Shutters Washington. We’ll bring you our line of Polywood shutters, and how they can improve your window’s energy-efficiency and style. Just phone 360-464-2277 to set up your in-home consultation.