Why You Should Want Solid Shutter Louvers In Indianapolis

Bill Burke

When you begin looking at window treatments in Indianapolis, you will immediately see that there are plenty of interesting 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 may also outfit their shutters with hollow louvers, which gives you a lightweight and less expensive window treatment. Superficially, these look like a good idea, 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 maintain 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 Keep Their Shape

Plantation shutters by flowers in Indianapolis 

Throughout the day in Indianapolis, your windows get warmer and colder, and so do your window treatments. Hollow louvers don’t have much structural integrity. So when the shutters expand and contract because of the natural course of the day, it's challenging for the shutters to maintain their shape. This results in a louver that is warped or split, and a shutter that can’t shut properly.

open shutter louver 

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 heat leaking through your warped louvers. The warranty of our Polywood shutters even guarantees that your louvers will never bend or warp 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 Have Better Energy Efficiency

Plantation Shutters in Indianapolis Living Room 

Hollow louvers may offer some energy-efficient features, but they don’t stack up to solid louver shutters. Part of it is that hollow louvers are most likely built with plastic or vinyl -- materials that aren’t known to be 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 warp or snap.

Then as your shutter louvers distort over time and don’t shut properly, they cease to be energy efficient. Heat loss won’t be blocked entirely, and air will begin to flow through easily, making your room hotter or colder. Now, all you have are flimsy, broken shutters that can’t stop light or air.

Solid shutter louvers have more density and are generally effective at blocking heat loss/gain through the window. Quality faux wood shutters go one step further, as their material is made from a non-porous material that won’t expand or contract. That means your shutter will shut completely every time, giving you a consistent way to control the air flow around your windows.

shutters in Indianapolis with weatherstripping 

Our Polywood shutters are seen as the peak of energy-efficient window treatments in Indianapolis, as they use 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 and added weather-stripping, Polywood shutters are 70% more energy-efficient than hardwood 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 interior shutters that will hold up against heat and cold, you should contact Sunburst Shutters Indianapolis. We’ll bring you our line of Polywood shutters, and how they can improve your windows while providing practical benefits. Just call 317-558-9066 to set up your in-home consultation.