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Why You Should Want Solid Shutter Louvers In Indianapolis

October 04, 2019

When you begin looking at window treatments in Indianapolis, you will immediately see that there are some tempting budget plantation shutter products. While they may seem ok at first, a second glance and you will find that they save money by using materials like plastic or vinyl. They may also outfit their shutters with hollow louvers, which allows the window treatment to be less expensive. On the surface, these look like a good idea, and you may wonder how much disparity can there be between hollow and solid louvers?

For a quality covering, you should prioritize plantation shutters with solid shutter louvers if you need your window treatments to keep their shape, color, and energy-efficient properties over a lifetime. 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

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Throughout the day in Indianapolis, your window panes heat up or cool down, and so do your window treatments. Hollow louvers trap air inside the louver. So when the shutters expand and contract because of temperature fluctuations, it's challenging for the shutters to keep their shape. The result is a louver that is warped or split, and a window treatment that can’t shut properly.

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Solid shutter louvers, especially those constructed from a sturdy faux-wood composite, will preserve 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 have to wonder about outside light or air leaking through your misshapen louvers. The warranty of our Polywood shutters assures that your louvers will never warp or sag for the lifetime of the product. Most likely you won’t find a assurance like that with a window treatment that is constructed with hollow louvers.

Solid Shutter Louvers Are More Energy Efficient

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Hollow louvers may offer some energy-efficient features, but they don’t stack up to solid louver shutters. The main problem is that hollow louvers are most likely built with plastic or vinyl -- materials that just aren’t that energy efficient. These louvers are more porous and bendable than a faux-wood construct and may trap heat within the hollow center. This leads a hollow louver to bend or break.

Then as your shutter louvers distort over time and don’t shut properly, your energy efficiency is lost. Heat loss is now a concern, and air will begin to flow through unencumbered, making your room warmer or cooler. Now, all you have are ineffective, broken shutters that can’t stop light or air.

Solid shutter louvers have more density and are generally effective at blocking airflow through the window. Quality faux wood shutters go one step further, as their louvers are made from a impermeable material that won’t expand or contract. The treatment will never bend, giving you an easy way to regulate the air flow around your windows.

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Our Polywood shutters are known as the peak of energy-efficient window treatments in Indianapolis, as they use an extra layer of weather stripping. With the stripping, each solid louver will “lock” into place and completely secure the window from outside air. It’s been shown that with our faux wood composite and added weather-stripping, Polywood shutters are 70% more energy-efficient than hardwood shutters and up to 1600% more efficient than aluminum blinds.

Contact Sunburst For Polywood Shutters With Solid Louvers

To find your energy-efficient solid louver shutters, the first step is to contact Sunburst Shutters Indianapolis. We’ll show you our line of Polywood shutters, and how they can improve your windows while providing practical benefits. Just contact 317-558-9066 to set up your in-home consultation.

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