Why You Should Insist On Solid Shutter Louvers In Nashville

Stefano Diotaiuti

When you begin looking at window treatments in Nashville, you will immediately see that there are plenty of interesting budget plantation shutter products. While they may feel right at first, a second glance and you will find that those companies save money by making their shutters with materials like plastic or vinyl. They may also outfit their shutters with hollow louvers, which makes the shutter lightweight and cheaper. Ideally, these look like a good idea, and really 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 treatments to keep 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’s why:

Solid Shutter Louvers Will Uphold Their Shape

Plantation shutters by flowers in Nashville 

During the day in Nashville, your window panes heat up or cool down, and so do your plantation shutters. Hollow louvers trap air within each louver. So when your treatments widen and condense because of temperature fluctuations, it's challenging for hollow louvers to keep their shape. What you get is a louver that is warped or split, and a plantation shutter that won’t close properly.

hollow shutter louver 

Solid shutter louvers, especially those constructed from a high-tech faux-wood composite, will maintain their shape over the lifetime of the shutter. Because of the durable structure, your coverings will completely shut every time, and you won’t even need to think about light or heat seeping through because of misshapen louvers. The warranty of our Polywood shutters pledges that your louvers will never bend or warp for the lifetime of the product. You’ll never find a assurance like that with a product that is constructed with hollow louvers.

Solid Shutter Louvers Have Better Energy Efficiency

Interior Shutters in Nashville Living Room 

Hollow louvers may offer some energy-efficient benefits, but they don’t hold a candle 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 absorbent and pliable than a faux-wood louver and may catch heat within the hollow center. This allows a hollow louver to bend or snap.

Then as your shutter louvers distort over time and won’t snap shut, your energy efficiency is lost. Heat loss is now a concern, and air will start to flow through easily, making your room hotter or colder. Now, all you have are unattractive, misshapen interior 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 are the best at energy efficiency, 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 heat loss around your windows.

interior shutters in Nashville with weatherstripping 

Our Polywood shutters are seen as the peak of energy-efficient window treatments in Nashville, as they have an extra benefit of weather stripping. With the stripping, each solid louver will “lock” into place and effectively seal the window from the elements. 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 efficient than aluminum blinds.

Contact Sunburst For Polywood Shutters With Solid Louvers

To find your energy-efficient faux wood shutters, just contact Sunburst Shutters Nashville. We’ll demonstrate our line of Polywood shutters, and how they can improve your windows while providing practical benefits. Just contact 615-236-8530 to book your in-home consultation.