Why You Should Get Solid Shutter Louvers In Chicago

Richard Rampton

When you begin shopping for window treatments in Chicago, you will immediately see that there are some enticing budget plantation shutter products. While they may look nice at first, a second glance will show that they save money by making their shutters with materials like plastic or vinyl. They will also make their shutters with hollow louvers, which gives you a lighter and economical window treatment. Ideally, these look like they should work, and you may wonder what’s the big deal between hollow and solid louvers?

But the truth of the matter is that you should insist on plantation shutters with solid shutter louvers if you need your window treatments to preserve their shape, color, and energy-efficient properties forever. 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 Keep Their Shape

Plantation shutters by flowers in Chicago 

During the day in Chicago, your rooms get warmer and colder, and so do your plantation shutters. Hollow louvers trap air within the hollow core. So when your treatments widen and condense because of temperature fluctuations, it's challenging for the louvers to keep their shape. What you get is a louver that is warped or split, and a shutter that can’t shut properly.

hollow shutter louver 

Solid shutter louvers, especially those derived from a sturdy 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 have to wonder about light or heat leaking through due to misshapen louvers. The warranty of our Polywood shutters pledges that your louvers will never bend or warp for the lifetime of the product. You’ll never find a assurance like that with a product that uses hollow louvers.

Solid Shutter Louvers Keeps Air In

Interior Shutters in Chicago Living Room 

Hollow louvers may have some energy-efficient perks, but they don’t stack up to solid louver shutters. Part of it is that hollow louvers usually are made with plastic or vinyl -- materials that aren’t known to be 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 bow or break.

Then as your window treatments warp over time and don’t shut properly, your energy efficiency is relinquished. Heat loss is a problem, and the air will begin to flow through easily, making your room warmer or cooler. Now, all you have left are unattractive, warped window treatments that won’t block sun glare or heat loss.

Solid shutter louvers are more rigid and dense and are more effective at blocking airflow through the window. Quality faux wood shutters are better at energy efficiency, as their material is made from a impermeable material that won’t expand or contract. The louver will never bend, giving you an easy way to regulate the air flow around your windows.

shutters in Chicago with weatherstripping 

Our Polywood shutters are seen as the peak of energy-efficient window treatments in Chicago, as they have an extra layer of weather stripping. With the stripping, each solid louver will “lock” into place and effectively seal the window from the elements. It’s been proven that with our faux wood composite plus the weather-stripping, Polywood shutters are 70% more energy-efficient than hardwood plantation shutters and up to 1600% more efficient than aluminum blinds.

Call On Sunburst For Polywood Shutters With Solid Louvers

When you want to install plantation shutters that will last forever, the first step is to contact Sunburst Shutters Chicago. We’ll show you our line of Polywood shutters, and how they can improve your windows while providing practical benefits. Just contact 847-250-6544 to schedule your in-home consultation.