Why You Should Insist On Solid Shutter Louvers In Oklahoma City

Tyler Jorgensen

When you begin looking at window treatments in Oklahoma City, you might discover that there are some interesting budget plantation shutter options. While they may look nice at first, a closer inspection can reveal that those companies save money by using materials like plastic or vinyl. They may also outfit their shutters with hollow louvers, which gives you a lightweight and economical shutter. Superficially, these look like a good idea, but there is still the question: is there actually any disparity between hollow and solid louvers?

Of course, you should prioritize plantation shutters with solid shutter louvers if you want your treatments to preserve their shape, color, and energy-efficient properties over a lifetime. 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

Plantation shutters by flowers in Oklahoma City 

Whether it’s summer or winter in Oklahoma City, your rooms heat up or cool down, and so do your shutters. Hollow louvers don’t have much structural integrity. So when they expand and contract because of temperature fluctuations, it's hard for the louvers to preserve their shape. The result is a louver that is warped or split, and a shutter that can’t shut properly.

hollow shutter louver 

Solid shutter louvers, especially those constructed from a sturdy faux-wood composite, will preserve their shape basically forever. Because of the durable structure, your shutters will always snap shut every time, and you won’t even need to think about light or air leaking through your misshapen louvers. The warranty of our Polywood shutters pledges that your louvers will never buckle or split for the lifetime of the product. Most likely you won’t find a assurance like that with a shutter that uses hollow louvers.

Solid Shutter Louvers Keeps Air In

Interior Shutters in Oklahoma City Living Room 

Hollow louvers may have some energy-efficient perks, but they don’t hold a candle 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 composite and may trap heat within the hollow center. This allows a hollow louver to bend or break.

Then as your window treatments warp over time and leaves you gaps when shut, they cease to be energy efficient. Heat loss is now a concern, and air will begin to flow through easily, making your room hotter or colder. Now, all you have left are unattractive, misshapen window treatments that can’t stop light or air.

Solid shutter louvers have more density and are more effective at blocking airflow through the window. Quality faux wood shutters go one step further, as their material is made from a non-porous material that will never expand or contract. That means your plantation shutter will snap close every time, giving you a consistent way to regulate the temperature around your windows.

interior shutters in Oklahoma City with weatherstripping 

Our Polywood shutters are seen as the apex of energy-efficient window treatments in Oklahoma City, as they have an extra benefit of weather stripping. With the stripping, each shutter louver will “lock” into place and completely secure the window from air flow. It’s been proven that with our faux wood composite and added 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.

Call On Sunburst For Polywood Shutters With Solid Louvers

In order to get energy-efficient shutters that will never warp, sag or break, just contact Sunburst Shutters Oklahoma City. We’ll demonstrate our line of Polywood shutters, and how they can improve your windows while providing practical benefits. Just call 405-300-4664 to book your in-home consultation.