Wherever you look in Raleigh, there are plenty of plantation shutters
choices. And when you want to know which non-wood shutter fits your home best, some differences may be tough to recognize. You can pick the wrong type without knowing and find yourself ordering low quality shutters. When it comes to solid polymer shutters, like our best-selling Polywood® shutters
, are they a better investment than hollow vinyl or MDF (multi-density fiberboard) shutters? Learn about the three ways Polywood shutters are a better choice than composite shutters in Raleigh, NC so you can choose.
1. Polywood vs Composite Shutters Durability
Polywood shutters are made from a top grade solid polymer that ensures the most durability, rigidity, and color-retention than any other shutter available. With that, the shutter louvers won't be damaged over time. In contrast, composite shutters are fabricated from a pressed-board core, encapsulated in poly-vinyl. The vinyl enveloping the pressed board is prone to peeling from the core material readily. And this peeling is accelerated in humid, wet, and hot environments. Another option for non-wood shutters is hollow vinyl. But they deteriorate the fastest due to the elements.
Both types of non-wood shutters are susceptible to deterioration and warping under varying climate conditions in Raleigh. Polywood is manufactured with UV inhibitors that divert heat. And since heat is the major problem in warping the shutter louvers, Polywood is without a doubt the highest quality plantation shutter you can find.
2. Polywood vs Composite Shutters Color Fastness
Polywood shutters come in three exceptional white paints. Our paint finishes are baked on each part at hotter temperatures than Raleigh has seen. This patented finishing process applies UV inhibitors to ensure the color will never fade.
Other types of non-wood shutters come with low quality paint finish. And some composite shutters won’t even have any paint finish at all. In a lot of cases, the vinyl covering is the final color. Although it looks good when installed, this finish fades as time goes by. And as to hollow vinyls, some are painted. With the vinyl being a heat conductor, this adversely affects the finish as time goes by.
3. Polywood vs Composite Shutters Energy Efficiency
Third party tests illustrate that Polywood shutters shield against 30° of temperature and result in a reduction of heat transfer by up to 45%. With that, Polywood insulates up to 70% better than the top solid wood shutter.
These insulating properties are due to the solid polymer material Polywood shutters are made from. But what sets Polywood apart even more from composite shutters is the weatherstripping on louvers and panels. All you have to do is interlock the weatherstripping as you close the panels and you get a very tight seal against the impact of the weather outside. No composite shutter can offer the energy savings that Polywood does.
Our Vegas Team Experiences The Durability Of Polywood Shutters First Hand
In 2004, Sunburst Shutters Las Vegas had Polywood shutters attached to the sides of their trucks as part of the graphics. They were parked outside and withstood the natural elements Vegas is infamous for. That means excessive heat for five months out of the year!
These shutters had been on our company trucks for more than 7 years at that point. Our team organized an experiment to see how effective Polywood is in retaining the original paint color. The team wiped down the dusty Polywood shutter installed on the vehicle. And we brought a new Polywood shutter and held it up next to it to compare. We found the color to be unchanged. There was no fading or discoloration. This was further validation for the team that our paint finish is the best in the market!
And since Polywood can endure that much abuse and heat on the road for over 7 years, it’s undoubtedly the strongest shutter for your house in Raleigh, NC.
Get Quoted For Polywood Shutters For Your Raleigh Home
Interested in learning more about Polywood shutters? Call for an in-home design consultation. Our professionals show you all the color options, louver sizes, and frame styles available. We’ll measure your windows to provide you with as precise a shutter quote as possible. And we install your Polywood shutters so that they fit your window just right. We’ll also discuss with you the details of the lifetime warranty we provide for these shutters. Call 919-887-9198
or fill out the form below to schedule your free in-home design consultation today!