Why You Should Want Solid Shutter Louvers In San Jose

Curtis Orton

When you start searching for window treatments in San Jose, you will find that there are a bunch of tempting budget plantation shutter choices. While they may feel right at first, a closer inspection will show that those companies save money by making their shutters with materials like plastic or vinyl. They may also outfit their shutters with hollow louvers, which gives you a lightweight and less expensive window treatment. Ideally, these look like they should work, but there is still the question: how much difference can there be between hollow and solid louvers?

Of course, you should insist on plantation shutters with solid shutter louvers if you need your window treatments to keep their shape, color, and energy-efficient properties forever. Hollow louvers can’t match up to the quality of our solid-louvered Polywood® Shutters, but why?

Solid Shutter Louvers Will Keep Their Shape

Plantation shutters by flowers in San Jose 

During the day in San Jose, your windows heat up or cool down, and so do your window treatments. Hollow louvers don’t have much structural integrity. So when your treatments widen and condense because of the temperature changes, it's hard for hollow louvers to keep their shape. What you get is a louver that is warped or split, and a shutter that can’t close properly.

hollow shutter louver 

Solid shutter louvers, especially those derived from a high-tech faux-wood composite, will maintain their shape from day 1 to day 10,001. Because of the durable structure, your coverings will completely shut every time, and you won’t even need to think about outside light or heat leaking through due to warped louvers. The warranty of our Polywood shutters assures that your louvers will never bend or warp for the lifetime of the product. Most likely you won’t find a guarantee like that with a product that features hollow louvers.

Solid Shutter Louvers Are More Energy Efficient

Interior Shutters in San Jose Living Room 

Hollow louvers may have some energy-efficient features, but they don’t stack up to solid louver shutters. Unfortunately, hollow louvers usually are made with plastic or vinyl -- materials that just aren’t that energy efficient. These materials are more porous and pliable than a faux-wood louver and may catch heat within the hollow center. This allows a hollow louver to bend or crack.

Then as your louvers bend over time and leaves you gaps when shut, they can no longer be called energy efficient. 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 unattractive, warped shutters that let in both light and air.

Solid shutter louvers are more densely packed and are more effective at blocking airflow through the window. Quality faux wood shutters are better at energy efficiency, as their construction is made from a impervious material that shouldn’t expand or contract. That means your plantation shutter will snap close every time, giving you a consistent way to control the heat loss around your windows.

plantation shutters in San Jose with weatherstripping 

Our Polywood shutters have been held as the apex of energy-efficient window treatments in San Jose, as they have an extra layer of weather stripping. With the stripping, each solid louver will “lock” into place and isolate the window from outside air. It’s been proven that with our faux wood composite along with weather-stripping, Polywood shutters are 70% more energy-efficient than wood plantation shutters and up to 1600% more effective at blocking air flow than aluminum blinds.

Reach Out To Sunburst For Polywood Shutters With Solid Louvers

To order your energy-efficient shutter with solid louvers, just contact Sunburst Shutters San Jose. We’ll bring you our line of Polywood shutters, and how they can improve your windows for years to come. Just contact 916-542-1305 to schedule your in-home consultation.