3 Ways Polywood Shutters Are A Better Choice Than Hollow Vinyl And Composite Shutters In Raleigh, NC12/15/2015Blake Jarman Wherever you look in Raleigh, there are plenty of plantation shutters choices. And when you’re researching which non-wood shutter is the best for your home, some differences may be tough to recognize. You can pick the wrong type without knowing and find yourself investing in 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? Here are three ways Polywood shutters are preferred over composite shutters in Raleigh, NC to help you decide. 1. Polywood vs Composite Shutters Durability Polywood shutters are fashioned from high quality solid polymer that results in the most durability, rigidity, and color-retention than any other shutter available. With that, the shutter louvers won't be damaged as time goes by. 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 easily. And this peeling is expedited in humid, wet, and hot climates. 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 likely to warp and deteriorate under varying climate conditions in Raleigh. Polywood is built with UV inhibitors that do not absorb heat. And with heat being the major problem in warping the shutter louvers, Polywood is without a doubt the highest quality plantation shutter you can buy. 2. Polywood vs Composite Shutters Color Fastness Polywood shutters are available in three exceptional white paints. Our paint finishes are baked on each part at temperatures hotter than it will ever get in Raleigh, NC. This patented finishing process applies UV inhibitors to ensure the color will never fade. Other types of non-wood shutters are available in 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 color you end up with. Although it looks good when installed, this finish fades as time goes by. And when it comes to hollow vinyls, some are painted. With the vinyl being a heat conductor, this seriously influences the finish day after day. 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 pieces of weatherstripping as you close the panels and you get the tightest seal possible against the impact of the weather outside. No composite shutter can offer the energy savings that Polywood does. Our Team In Vegas 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 climate Vegas is famous for. We’re talking excessive heat for five months out of the year! These shutters had been fastened to 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. The color hadn’t changed one bit. There was no fading or discoloration. This was further validation for the team that our paint finish is the best in the market! And with Polywood withstanding all that abuse and heat travelling on a truck for more than 7 years, it’s undoubtedly the strongest shutter for your house in Raleigh, NC. Contact Us For An Estimate On Polywood Shutters For Your Raleigh Home Interested in learning more about Polywood shutters? Call 919-887-9198 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 the most accurate shutter quote. And we install your Polywood shutters so that they fit your window perfectly. Our specialists also share with you the details of the lifetime warranty available on these shutters. Call 919-887-9198 or fill out the form below to schedule your free in-home design consultation today!