3 Ways Polywood Shutters Are Preferred Over Hollow Vinyl And Composite Shutters In Philadelphia, PA12/15/2015Holly Perron The market for plantation shutters in Philadelphia is full of options. And when you’re researching which non-wood shutter is best for you, it’s not easy to distinguish the differences. You can easily make the wrong choice and end up investing in shutters that aren’t durable. 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 preferred over composite shutters in Philadelphia, PA so you can choose. 1. Polywood vs Composite Shutters Durability Polywood shutters are made from a first class solid polymer that ensures the most durability, rigidity, and color-retention than any other shutter money can buy. This way, the shutter louvers won't be damaged over time. On the other hand, composite shutters are built from a pressed-board core, enveloped in poly-vinyl. The vinyl enveloping the pressed board is prone to peeling from the core substance easily. And this peeling is accelerated in hot, humid, and wet surroundings. Another option for non-wood shutters is hollow vinyl. But they deteriorate the fastest due to the material. Both types of non-wood shutters are vulnerable to warping and deterioration when exposed to the different environmental conditions in Philadelphia. Polywood is crafted with UV inhibitors that deflect heat. And with heat being the leading culprit in chipping the shutter louvers, Polywood is hands down the longest lasting plantation shutter you can find. 2. Polywood vs Composite Shutters Color Fastness Polywood shutters colors include three superior white paints. We bake our paint finishes on each part at hot temperatures that exceed any temperatures Philadelphia could experience. This patented finishing process uses UV inhibitors which guarantees the color doesn’t 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 wrap is the all the color you get. Although it looks good when installed, this finish fades with time. And some hollow vinyls are painted. But since the material conducts heat, this adversely affects the finish over time. 3. Polywood vs Composite Shutters Energy Efficiency Third party testing shows that Polywood shutters result in a reduction of heat transfer by up to 45% and block up to 30° of temperature. This means that Polywood insulates up to 70% better than even the best 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. But what sets Polywood apart even more from composite shutters is the weatherstripping on the louvers and panels. Just interlock the pieces of weatherstripping while closing the panels. This gives you an airtight seal against the weather conditions outside. You won’t find all the energy savings that Polywood offers in any composite shutter. Our Vegas Team Experiences The Durability Of Polywood Shutters First Hand In 2004, Sunburst Shutters Las Vegas had Polywood shutters fastened to the sides of their trucks as part of the graphics. The trucks were parked outside and endured the natural elements Vegas is known for. We’re talking intense heat for almost five months each year! Those plantation shutters had been attached to our trucks for at least 7 years. That’s when our team organized an investigation to see how effective Polywood is in retaining the original paint color. The team wiped the Polywood shutter that was on the truck clean. 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. It was further validation for us that the Sunburst paint finish is indeed the best around! And since Polywood can endure all that heat damage travelling on a truck for more than 7 years, it’s without a doubt the strongest shutter for your house in Philadelphia, PA. Get Quoted For Polywood Shutters For Your Philadelphia Home Interested in learning more about Polywood shutters? Call 215-874-4897 for an in-home design consultation. Our specialists bring you samples of all the louver sizes, frame styles, and color options available. We’ll measure your windows to present you the most accurate shutter quote. And we install your Polywood shutters so that they fit your window perfectly. Our experts also explain the specifics of the lifetime warranty we provide for these shutters. Call 215-874-4897 or fill out the form below to schedule your free in-home design consultation today!