Why You Should Want Solid Shutter Louvers In Boston

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When you start shopping for window treatments in Boston, you might discover that there are some tempting budget plantation shutter choices. While they may seem ok at first, a second glance will show that they save money by using materials like plastic or vinyl. They will also make their shutters with hollow louvers, which allows the covering to be cheaper. Superficially, these look like there’s no difference, and you may wonder is there really any difference between hollow and solid louvers?

Of course, you should insist on plantation shutters with solid shutter louvers if you need your treatments to keep their shape, color, and energy-efficient properties over a lifetime. 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 Uphold 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 they swell and shrink 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 window treatment that won’t close properly.

open shutter louver 

Solid shutter louvers, especially those made from a quality faux-wood composite, will maintain 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 air leaking through your warped louvers. The warranty of our Polywood shutters even guarantees that your louvers will never bend or warp for the lifetime of the product. It’s doubtful you’ll find a guarantee like that with a shutter that is constructed with hollow louvers.

Solid Shutter Louvers Have Better Energy Efficiency

Interior Shutters in Boston Living Room 

Hollow louvers may possess some energy-efficient features, 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 trap 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 gone. 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, warped interior shutters that won’t block sun glare or heat loss.

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 material is made from a impermeable material that won’t expand or contract. The treatment will never warp, giving you a consistent way to regulate the heat loss around your windows.

plantation shutters in Boston with weatherstripping 

Our Polywood shutters are seen 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 completely secure the window from air flow. We’ve seen 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 energy efficient than aluminum blinds.

Call On Sunburst For Polywood Shutters With Solid Louvers

In order to get energy-efficient shutters that don’t warp, sag or snap, the first step is to contact Sunburst Shutters Boston. We’ll demonstrate our line of Polywood shutters, and how they can improve your window’s energy-efficiency and style. Just contact 781-352-2205 to set up your in-home consultation.