Why You Should Insist On Solid Shutter Louvers In Miami

David White

When you begin searching for window treatments in Miami, you will find that there are a bunch of interesting 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 allows the covering to be cheaper. On the surface, these look like they should work, and really how much difference can there be between hollow and solid louvers?

Of course, you should prioritize 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 can’t match up to the quality of our solid-louvered Polywood® Shutters, and here’s why:

Solid Shutter Louvers Will Keep Their Shape

Plantation shutters by flowers in Miami 

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

hollow 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 rigid structure, your shutters will always snap shut every time, and you won’t even need to think about outside light or heat loss leaking through your sagging 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 assurance like that with a product that features hollow louvers.

Solid Shutter Louvers Keeps Air In

Plantation Shutters in Miami Living Room 

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

Then as your louvers warp over time and don’t shut properly, they stop being energy efficient. Heat loss won’t be blocked entirely, and air will begin to flow through unencumbered, making your room hotter or colder. Now, all you have left are ineffective, warped shutters that let in both light and air.

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 impermeable material that won’t expand or contract. The louver will never bend, giving you an easy way to control the air flow around your windows.

interior shutters in Miami with weatherstripping 

Our Polywood shutters are known as the apex of energy-efficient window treatments in Miami, as they have an extra layer of weather stripping. With the stripping, each shutter louver will “lock” into place and completely secure the window from air flow. It’s been shown 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 show you our line of Polywood shutters, and how they can improve your windows for years to come. Just call 305-520-7515 to set up your in-home consultation.