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

Matt Thelander

When you start searching for window treatments in Salt Lake City, you will immediately see that there are some tempting budget plantation shutter products. While they may look nice 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 less expensive shutter. On the surface, these look like they should work, but there is still the question: what’s the big deal between hollow and solid louvers?

Of course, you should buy plantation shutters with solid shutter louvers if you need your treatments to maintain their shape, color, and energy-efficient properties over a lifetime. Hollow louvers can’t match up to the quality of our solid-louvered Polywood® Shutters, and here are just a few reasons why:

Solid Shutter Louvers Will Maintain Their Shape

Plantation shutters by flowers in Salt Lake City 

During the day in Salt Lake City, your rooms absorb heat and cold, and so do your shutters. Hollow louvers trap air inside the louver. So when your treatments widen and condense 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 can’t shut properly.

open shutter louver 

Solid shutter louvers, especially those made from a high-tech 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 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 warp or sag for the lifetime of the product. Most likely you won’t find a assurance like that with a product that features hollow louvers.

Solid Shutter Louvers Are More Energy Efficient

Interior Shutters in Salt Lake City Living Room 

Hollow louvers may possess 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 aren’t known to be energy efficient. These components are absorbent and flexible than a faux-wood composite and may trap heat within the hollow center. This allows a hollow louver to warp 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 warmer or cooler. Now, all you have are ineffective, warped shutters that let in both light and air.

Solid shutter louvers have more density and are 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 impermeable material that will never expand or contract. That means your shutter will shut completely every time, giving you a dependable way to regulate the temperature around your windows.

interior shutters in Salt Lake City with weatherstripping 

Our Polywood shutters are seen 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 effectively seal 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.

Contact Sunburst For Polywood Shutters With Solid Louvers

To find your energy-efficient faux wood shutters, the first step is to 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 call 801-515-3598 to book your in-home consultation.