Why You Should Insist On Solid Shutter Louvers In Minneapolis

George Christ

When you start searching for window treatments in Minneapolis, you might discover that there are a bunch of enticing budget plantation shutter choices. While they may seem ok at first, a more detailed look and you will find that those companies save money by making their shutters with materials like plastic or vinyl. You can also find shutters with hollow louvers, which allows the covering to be cheaper. Superficially, these look like they should work, and really how much difference can there be 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 window treatments to maintain 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 are just a few reasons why:

Solid Shutter Louvers Will Uphold Their Shape

Plantation shutters by flowers in Minneapolis 

Whether it’s summer or winter in Minneapolis, your windows get warmer and colder, and so do your plantation shutters. Hollow louvers won’t have much structural integrity. So when they swell and shrink because of the natural course of the day, it's hard for the louvers 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 quality faux-wood composite, will preserve their shape basically forever. Because of the rigid structure, your coverings will completely shut every time, and you won’t even need to think about outside light or heat loss slipping through because of misshapen 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 guarantee like that with a window treatment that features hollow louvers.

Solid Shutter Louvers Keeps Air In

Interior Shutters in Minneapolis 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 generally are constructed with plastic or vinyl -- materials that aren’t thought of as energy efficient. These materials are absorbent and flexible than a faux-wood louver and may box in heat within the hollow center. This causes a hollow louver to bend or snap.

Then as your shutter louvers bend over time and leaves you gaps when shut, your energy efficiency is lost. Heat loss is now a concern, and the air will start to flow through unencumbered, making your room hotter or colder. Now, all you are left with are unattractive, broken window treatments that can’t stop light or air.

Solid shutter louvers are more rigid and dense and can be more effective at blocking temperature fluxuations through the window. Quality faux wood shutters are better at energy efficiency, as their louvers are made from a impermeable material that won’t expand or contract. The shutter will never bend, giving you an easy way to regulate the temperature around your windows.

shutters in Minneapolis with weatherstripping 

Our Polywood shutters are known as the pinnacle of energy-efficient window treatments in Minneapolis, as they have an extra benefit of weather stripping. With the stripping, every louver will “lock” into place and isolate the window from air flow. We’ve seen that with our faux wood composite along with 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.

Contact Sunburst For Polywood Shutters With Solid Louvers

To find your energy-efficient shutter with solid louvers, just contact Sunburst Shutters Minneapolis. We’ll show you our line of Polywood shutters, and how they can improve your windows for years to come. Just phone 952-856-8130 to schedule your in-home consultation.