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Why You Should Insist On Solid Shutter Louvers In Miami

October 04, 2019

When you begin searching for window treatments in Miami, you will find that there are a bunch of tempting budget plantation shutter choices. While they may feel right at first, a second glance will show that they save money by settling on cheap materials like plastic or vinyl. They will also make their shutters with hollow louvers, which makes the window treatment lighter and economical. On the surface, these look like a good idea, and really what’s the big deal between hollow and solid louvers?

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

Solid Shutter Louvers Will Keep Their Shape

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Whether it’s summer or winter in Miami, your windows get warmer and colder, and so do your window treatments. Hollow louvers won’t have a lot of structural support. So when the shutters swell and shrink because of the natural course of the day, it's difficult for the louvers to keep their shape. What you get is a louver that is warped or split, and a shutter that won’t shut properly.

hollow shutter louver 

Solid shutter louvers, especially those made from a high-tech faux-wood composite, will keep their shape from day 1 to day 10,001. Because of the rigid structure, your shutters will always snap shut every time, and you won’t even need to think about outside light or heat loss seeping through your sagging louvers. The warranty of our Polywood shutters assures that your louvers will never warp or sag for the lifetime of the product. You’ll never find a assurance like that with a shutter that features hollow louvers.

Solid Shutter Louvers Keeps Air In

Plantation Shutters in Miami Living Room 

Hollow louvers may possess some energy-efficient features, but they don’t hold a candle to solid louver shutters. Unfortunately, hollow louvers are most likely built with plastic or vinyl -- materials that aren’t known to be energy efficient. These components are permeable and pliable than a faux-wood construct and may catch heat within the hollow center. This allows a hollow louver to bend or break.

Then as your louvers warp over time and don’t shut properly, your energy efficiency is lost. Heat loss won’t be blocked entirely, and air will begin to flow through unencumbered, making your room warmer or cooler. Now, all you are left with are flimsy, broken shutters that won’t block sun glare or heat loss.

Solid shutter louvers are more densely packed and are more effective at blocking heat loss/gain through the window. Quality faux wood shutters are the best at energy efficiency, as their construction is made from a non-porous material that won’t expand or contract. The shutter will never warp, giving you a consistent way to regulate the air flow around your windows.

interior shutters in Miami with weatherstripping 

Our Polywood shutters are seen as the apex of energy-efficient window treatments in Miami, 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 air flow. We’ve seen that with our faux wood composite and added weather-stripping, Polywood shutters are 70% more energy-efficient than wood plantation shutters and up to 1600% more efficient than aluminum blinds.

Contact Sunburst For Polywood Shutters With Solid Louvers

When you need to install shutters that will hold up against heat and cold, you should contact Sunburst Shutters Miami. We’ll bring you our line of Polywood shutters, and how they can improve your windows for years to come. Just contact 305-520-7515 to set up your in-home consultation.

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