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3 Ways Polywood Shutters Are Preferred Over Hollow Vinyl And Composite Shutters In Virginia Beach, VA

December 15, 2015
The market for plantation shutters in Virginia Beach is full of options. And when you’re researching which non-wood shutter fits your home best, it’s not easy to distinguish the differences. You can easily make the wrong choice and wind up purchasing shutters that won’t last. Wondering if Polywood® shutters - our best-selling solid polymer shutters - are worth more than hollow vinyl or MDF (multi-density fiberboard) shutters? Learn about the three ways Polywood shutters are a better choice than composite shutters in Virginia Beach, VA to help you decide.

1. Polywood vs Composite Shutters Durability

Polywood shutters are made from high quality solid polymer that ensures the most durability, rigidity, and color-retention than any other shutter available. This way, the shutter louvers won't be damaged as time goes by. However, composite shutters are constructed from a pressed-board core, wrapped with poly-vinyl. The vinyl covering the pressed board also peels away from the core substance quickly. And this peeling is expedited in humid, wet, and hot surroundings. Hollow vinyl shutters are another option for non-wood shutters. But they disintegrate the fastest because of the substance.

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Both forms of non-wood shutters are susceptible to deterioration and warping when you consider all the weather conditions in Virginia Beach. Polywood is made with UV inhibitors that deflect heat. And because heat is the biggest problem in cracking the shutter louvers, Polywood is absolutely the highest quality plantation shutter for your home.

2. Polywood vs Composite Shutters Color Fastness

Polywood shutters are available in three exceptional white paints. We bake our paint finishes on each part at hotter temperatures than Virginia Beach has seen. This patented finishing process includes UV inhibitors which guarantees the color never fades.
Other types of non-wood shutters finishes are limited to no or low quality paint finish. In the majority of cases, the vinyl layer is the final color. Yes, this finish appears to be adequate at first. But it fades as time goes by. And as to hollow vinyls, some are painted. However, with the material easily conducting heat, this adversely influences the finish as time goes by.

3. Polywood vs Composite Shutters Energy Efficiency

Third party tests illustrate that Polywood shutters insulate against 30° of temperature and lead to reduction of heat transfer by up to 45%. This means that 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 even more energy efficient than composite shutters is the weatherstripping on the panels and louvers. All you have to do is interlock the weatherstripping pieces as you close the panels. This gives you an airtight seal against the weather conditions 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 Vegas Team Experiences The Durability Of Polywood Shutters First Hand

In 2004, Sunburst Shutters Las Vegas had Polywood shutters anchored to the sides of their trucks as part of the graphics. The trucks were parked outside and endured all the weather conditions Las Vegas is infamous for. That means intense heat for five months out of the year!
These Polywood shutters had been attached to our company trucks for more than 7 years. Our team organized an experiment to see how effective Polywood is in retaining the original paint color. 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. There wasn’t any visible signs of fading or discoloration. It was further validation for us that this paint finish is indeed the best around!
And with Polywood withstanding so much heat and abuse on the side of a truck for more than 7 years, it’s without a doubt the most durable shutter for your home in Virginia Beach, VA.

Contact Us For An Estimate On Polywood Shutters For Your Virginia Beach Home

Interested in learning more about Polywood shutters? Call 757-210-6448 for an in-home design consultation. Our specialists bring you samples of all the louver sizes, frame styles, and color options available. We measure the length and width of your windows to present you the most precise shutter estimate. And we install your Polywood shutters so that they fit your window perfectly. We’ll also discuss with you the fine points of the lifetime warranty available on Polywood shutters. Call 757-210-6448 or fill out the form below to schedule your free in-home design consultation today!