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Why You Should Get Solid Shutter Louvers In Chicago

October 04, 2019

When you begin looking at window treatments in Chicago, you will immediately see that there are plenty of enticing budget plantation shutter products. 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 makes the plantation shutter lighter and less expensive. Ideally, these look like a good idea, and you may wonder is there really any discrepancy 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 treatments to preserve their shape, color, and energy-efficient properties forever. Hollow louvers just can’t hold up to the quality of our solid-louvered Polywood® Shutters, and here’s why:

Solid Shutter Louvers Will Maintain Their Shape

Plantation shutters by flowers in Chicago 

Throughout the day in Chicago, your rooms heat up or cool down, and so do your plantation shutters. Hollow louvers are usually made of flexible material. So when your treatments widen and condense because of the natural course of the day, it's challenging for hollow louvers to keep their shape. What you get is a louver that is warped or split, and a window treatment that can’t shut properly.

hollow shutter louver 

Solid shutter louvers, especially those derived from a sturdy faux-wood composite, will keep their shape over the lifetime of the shutter. Because of the durable 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 warp or sag for the lifetime of the product. It’s doubtful you’ll find a assurance like that with a shutter that uses hollow louvers.

Solid Shutter Louvers Keeps Air In

Interior Shutters in Chicago Living Room 

Hollow louvers may possess some energy-efficient perks, but they don’t stack up to solid louver shutters. Part of it is that hollow louvers generally are constructed 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 trap heat within the hollow center. This allows a hollow louver to bow or break.

Then as your window treatments bend over time and won’t snap shut, your energy efficiency is relinquished. Heat loss is a problem, and the air will begin to flow through unencumbered, making your room warmer or cooler. Now, all you are left with are unattractive, broken interior shutters that let in both light and air.

Solid shutter louvers are more rigid and dense and can be 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. That means your window treatment will snap close every time, giving you a consistent 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 contain an extra layer of weather stripping. With the stripping, each solid louver will “lock” into place and effectively seal the window from outside air. 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 energy 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 book your in-home consultation.

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