Why You Should Get Solid Shutter Louvers In New York City10/04/2019Matt Thelander When you start looking at window treatments in New York City, you will find that there are plenty of tempting budget plantation shutter options. While they may look nice at first, a more detailed look can reveal that they save money by using materials like plastic or vinyl. They may also outfit their shutters with hollow louvers, which gives you a lighter and less expensive shutter. Superficially, these look like there’s no difference, but there is still the question: what’s the problem between hollow and solid louvers? For a quality covering, you should prioritize plantation shutters with solid shutter louvers if you need your window coverings to maintain 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’s why: Solid Shutter Louvers Will Uphold Their Shape Whether it’s summer or winter in New York City, your rooms get warmer and colder, and so do your plantation shutters. Hollow louvers don’t have much structural integrity. So when your treatments widen and condense because of temperature fluctuations, it's challenging for the shutters to keep their shape. This results in a louver that is warped or split, and a window treatment that can’t shut properly. Solid shutter louvers, especially those constructed from a high-tech faux-wood composite, will keep their shape basically forever. Because of the inflexible structure, your coverings will completely shut every time, and you won’t have to wonder about outside light or air leaking through because of misshapen 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 warranty like that with a shutter that features hollow louvers. Solid Shutter Louvers Are More Energy Efficient Hollow louvers may offer some energy-efficient features, but they don’t hold a candle to solid louver shutters. The main problem is that hollow louvers generally are constructed with plastic or vinyl -- materials that aren’t thought of as energy efficient. These materials are absorbent and pliable than a faux-wood louver and may trap heat within the hollow center. This allows a hollow louver to bow or crack. Then as your window treatments bend over time and don’t shut properly, your energy efficiency is gone. Heat loss is a problem, and air will start to flow through unencumbered, making your room warmer or cooler. Now, all you have left are flimsy, misshapen shutters that let in both light and air. Solid shutter louvers have more density and can be more effective at blocking heat loss/gain through the window. Quality faux wood shutters go one step further, as their construction is made from a impervious material that won’t expand or contract. The treatment will never warp, giving you a consistent way to regulate the heat loss around your windows. Our Polywood shutters have been held as the apex of energy-efficient window treatments in New York City, as they contain an extra layer of weather stripping. With the stripping, every louver will “lock” into place and effectively seal the window from outside air. We’ve seen that with our faux wood composite plus the weather-stripping, Polywood shutters are 70% more energy-efficient than real 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 When you want to install plantation shutters that stand the test of time, just contact Sunburst Shutters New York. We’ll demonstrate our line of Polywood shutters, and how they can improve your window’s energy-efficiency and style. Just contact 631-246-3930 to schedule your in-home consultation.