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3 Ways Polywood Shutters Are A Better Choice Than Hollow Vinyl And Composite Shutters In Orlando, FL

December 15, 2015
Plantation shutters in Orlando come with different options. And when you want to know which non-wood shutter is the best for your home, it’s not easy to distinguish the differences. You can easily make the wrong choice and find yourself buying low quality shutters. Wondering if Polywood® shutters - our best-selling solid polymer shutters - are a better investment than MDF (multi-density fiberboard) or hollow vinyl shutters? Find out the three ways Polywood shutters are better than composite shutters in Orlando, FL so you can choose.

1. Polywood vs Composite Shutters Durability

Polywood shutters are made from a first class solid polymer that leads to the most rigidity, color-retention, and durability than any other shutter money can buy. With that, the shutter louvers won't be damaged over time. In contrast, composite shutters are fabricated from a pressed-board core, enveloped in poly-vinyl. The vinyl encapsulating the pressed board also peels away from the core material quickly. And this peeling happens even faster in humid, wet, and hot climates. Another option for non-wood shutters is hollow vinyl. But they degrade the fastest because of the substance.

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Both kinds of non-wood shutters are susceptible to deterioration and warping under varying weather conditions in Orlando. Polywood is manufactured with UV inhibitors that divert heat. And since heat is the main offender in warping the shutter louvers, Polywood is without a doubt the longest lasting plantation shutter you can find.

2. Polywood vs Composite Shutters Color Fastness

Polywood shutters are available in three premium white paints. We bake our paint finishes on each element at hotter temperatures than Orlando has seen. Our patented finishing process uses UV inhibitors to ensure the color will never fade.
Other types of non-wood shutters come with either low quality paint finish or no paint finish at all. In most cases, the vinyl layer is the color you end up with. This finish may look good initially, but it fades as time goes by. And some hollow vinyls are painted. But since the material conducts heat, this seriously affects the finish over time.

3. Polywood vs Composite Shutters Energy Efficiency

Third party testing illustrates that Polywood shutters lead to reduction of heat transfer by up to 45% and shield against 30° of temperature. With that, Polywood insulates up to 70% better than even the best solid wood shutter.
Polywood’s insulating properties are a result of the solid polymer material. However what makes Polywood even more energy efficient than composite shutters is the weatherstripping on louvers and panels. All you have to do is interlock the weatherstripping as you close the panels. This gives you a very tight seal against the effects of the weather outside. No matter how far and wide you look, there isn’t a composite shutter that can give you the energy savings close to that of Polywood.

Our Team In Vegas Puts The Durability Of Polywood Shutters To The Test

In 2004, Sunburst Shutters Las Vegas had Polywood shutters fastened to the sides of their trucks as part of the graphics. These trucks were parked outside and saw all the weather conditions Nevada is famous for. That means excessive heat for more than five months a year!
The plantation shutters had been on our trucks for almost 7 years at that point. Our team conducted a test to see how effective Polywood is in retaining the original paint color. So we dusted off the Polywood shutter that was on the truck. And we held up a new Polywood shutter next it for comparison. The color hadn’t changed one bit. There was no fading or discoloration. This was further validation for our team that the Sunburst paint finish is the best in the market!
And knowing that Polywood can handle that much heat damage on the road for 7+ years, it’s without a doubt the long lasting shutter for your residence in Orlando, FL.

Get A Quote On Polywood Shutters For Your Orlando Home

Interested in learning more about Polywood shutters? Call 407-630-7011 for an in-home design consultation. Our specialists bring shutter samples to your home, including the frame styles, color options, and louver sizes available. We measure the length and width of your windows to give you as precise a shutter quote as possible. And once we’ve installed your shutters, they’ll fit your window just right. Our professionals also explain the specifics of the lifetime warranty available on our shutters. Call 407-630-7011 or fill out the form below to schedule your free in-home design consultation today!