3 Ways Polywood Shutters Are A Better Choice Than Hollow Vinyl And Composite Shutters In Cincinnati, OH
December 15, 2015
The market for plantation shutters in Cincinnati is full of options. And when you are figuring out which non-wood shutter fits your home best, some differences may be tough to recognize. You can easily make the wrong choice and end up purchasing shutters that aren’t durable. Wondering if Polywood® shutters - our best-selling solid polymer shutters - are worth more than hollow vinyl or MDF (multi-density fiberboard) shutters? Find out the three ways Polywood shutters are a better choice than composite shutters in Cincinnati, OH .
1. Polywood vs Composite Shutters DurabilityPolywood shutters are fashioned from a first class solid polymer that results in the most color-retention, durability, and rigidity than any other shutter you can find. With that, the shutter louvers won't be damaged over time. In contrast, composite shutters are made from a pressed-board core, wrapped with poly-vinyl. The vinyl wrapping the pressed board is prone to peeling from the core element readily. And this peeling is expedited in wet, hot, and humid surroundings. Non-wood shutters are also available as hollow vinyl shutters. But they deteriorate the fastest in large part due to the elements.
Both forms of non-wood shutters are susceptible to deterioration and warping when exposed to the different climate conditions in Cincinnati. Polywood is manufactured with UV inhibitors that deflect heat. And since heat is the leading problem in chipping the shutter louvers, Polywood is absolutely the longest lasting plantation shutter you can buy.
2. Polywood vs Composite Shutters Color Fastness
Polywood shutters come in three premium white paints. We bake these paint finishes on each piece at hot temperatures that exceed any temperatures Cincinnati could experience. Our patented finishing process applies UV inhibitors which guarantees the color never fades.
Other types of non-wood shutters come with no or low quality paint finish. In most cases, the vinyl wrap is the color you end up with. Yes, this finish appears to be adequate at first. But it fades over time. And as to hollow vinyls, some are painted. With the vinyl being a heat conductor, this seriously influences the finish over time.
3. Polywood vs Composite Shutters Energy Efficiency
Third party tests illustrate that Polywood shutters lead to reduction of heat transfer by up to 45% and insulate against 30° of temperature. That’s how Polywood insulates up to 70% better than the top solid wood shutter.
It’s the heat blocking properties of the solid polymer material Polywood’s made of that make these plantation shutters so energy efficient. However what makes Polywood stand out even more from composite shutters is the weatherstripping on the panels and louvers. Simply interlock the weatherstripping as you close the panels and you get the tightest seal possible against the weather conditions outside. You won’t find all the energy savings that Polywood offers in any composite shutter.
The Sunburst Team In Vegas’s First Hand Experience With The Durability Of Polywood Shutters
Back in 2004, Sunburst Shutters Las Vegas had Polywood shutters anchored to the sides of their trucks as part of the graphics. They were parked outside and withstood the climate Las Vegas is famous for. That means intense heat for almost five months each year!
The plantation shutters had been fastened to our vehicles for at least 7 years. Our team organized a test on how well Polywood retained the color painted on it. We wiped the Polywood shutter that was on the truck clean. And we compared it side by side to a new Polywood. The color was the same. We didn’t see any discoloration or fading. This was further validation for the team that this paint finish is truly top quality!
And since Polywood can endure that much heat and abuse on the road for 7+ years, it’s without a doubt the strongest shutter for your residence in Cincinnati, OH.