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Why You Should Want Solid Shutter Louvers In Boston

October 04, 2019

When you start shopping for window treatments in Boston, you will find that there are plenty of tempting budget plantation shutter options. While they may look nice at first, a second glance and you will find that they save money by using materials like plastic or vinyl. You can also find shutters with hollow louvers, which allows the covering to be cheaper. On the surface, these look like there’s no difference, and you may wonder how much disparity can there be between hollow and solid louvers?

Of course, you should prioritize plantation shutters with solid shutter louvers if you need your treatments to maintain their shape, color, and energy-efficient properties for years to come. Hollow louvers won’t live 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 Boston 

Whether it’s summer or winter in Boston, your window panes heat up or cool down, and so do your window treatments. Hollow louvers trap air inside the louver. So when the shutters expand and contract because of the temperature changes, it's hard for the shutters to keep their shape. What you get is a louver that is warped or split, and a shutter that won’t close properly.

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Solid shutter louvers, especially those constructed from a high-tech faux-wood composite, will keep 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 wonder about outside light or heat leaking through your warped louvers. The warranty of our Polywood shutters assures that your louvers will never warp or sag for the lifetime of the product. It’s doubtful you’ll find a warranty like that with a product that is constructed with hollow louvers.

Solid Shutter Louvers Have Better Energy Efficiency

Plantation Shutters in Boston Living Room 

Hollow louvers may possess some energy-efficient perks, but they don’t stack up to solid louver shutters. Unfortunately, hollow louvers are most likely built with plastic or vinyl -- materials that just aren’t that energy efficient. These louvers are permeable and bendable than a faux-wood construct and may catch heat within the hollow center. This leads a hollow louver to warp or break.

Then as your louvers bend over time and leaves you gaps when shut, your energy efficiency is lost. Heat loss is a problem, and air will begin to flow through easily, making your room warmer or cooler. Now, all you have are unattractive, broken interior shutters that let in both light and air.

Solid shutter louvers have more density and are more effective at blocking airflow through the window. Quality faux wood shutters go one step further, as their louvers are made from a non-porous material that won’t expand or contract. The treatment will never bend, giving you an easy way to control the heat loss around your windows.

shutters in Boston with weatherstripping 

Our Polywood shutters are known as the peak of energy-efficient window treatments in Boston, as they contain an extra layer of weather stripping. With the stripping, each solid louver will “lock” into place and effectively seal the window from air flow. We’ve seen that with our faux wood composite along with weather-stripping, Polywood shutters are 70% more energy-efficient than hardwood shutters and up to 1600% more efficient than aluminum blinds.

Call On Sunburst For Polywood Shutters With Solid Louvers

In order to find energy-efficient shutters that don’t warp, sag or crack, you should contact Sunburst Shutters Boston. We’ll demonstrate our line of Polywood shutters, and how they can improve your windows for years to come. Just contact 781-352-2205 to set up your in-home consultation.

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