3 Ways Polywood Shutters Are A Better Choice Than Hollow Vinyl And Composite Shutters In Charlotte, NC12/15/2015Neil Blackwelder The market for plantation shutters in Charlotte is full of options. And when you’re researching which non-wood shutter is best for you, some differences may be tough to recognize. You can unknowingly choose the wrong type and wind up buying shutters that aren’t durable. Are solid polymer shutters, like our best-selling Polywood® shutters, worth more than MDF (multi-density fiberboard) or hollow vinyl shutters? Learn about the three ways Polywood shutters are a better choice than composite shutters in Charlotte, NC . 1. Polywood vs Composite Shutters Durability Polywood shutters are fashioned from high quality solid polymer that results in the most color-retention, durability, and rigidity than any other shutter available. This way, the shutter louvers will not chip as long as they’re on the window. However, composite shutters are made from a pressed-board core, wrapped with poly-vinyl. The vinyl covering the pressed board also peels away from the core substance readily. And this peeling is expedited in hot, humid, and wet climates. Non-wood shutters are also available as hollow vinyl shutters. But they deteriorate the fastest due to the elements. Both forms of non-wood shutters are susceptible to deterioration and warping when exposed to the different climate conditions in Charlotte. Polywood is made with UV inhibitors that divert heat. And because heat is the main problem in chipping the shutter louvers, Polywood is without a doubt the most durable plantation shutter for your home. 2. Polywood vs Composite Shutters Color Fastness Polywood shutters come in three exceptional white paints. The paint finishes are baked on each element at temperatures hotter than it will ever get in Charlotte, NC. This patented finishing process includes UV inhibitors which guarantees the color never fades. Other types of non-wood shutters come with either low quality paint finish or no paint finish at all. In most cases, the vinyl wrap is the all the color you get. Although it looks good when installed, this finish fades with time. And when it comes to hollow vinyls, some are painted. However, with the material easily conducting heat, this adversely impacts the finish as time goes by. 3. Polywood vs Composite Shutters Energy Efficiency Third party tests illustrate that Polywood shutters reduce heat transfer by up to 45% and insulate against 30° of temperature. This means that Polywood insulates up to 70% better than even the best solid wood shutter. These insulating properties are due to the solid polymer material Polywood shutters are made from. Yet what makes Polywood stand out even more from composite shutters is the weatherstripping on the panels and louvers. Simply interlock the weatherstripping while closing the panels and you get a very tight 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’s First Hand Experience With The Durability Of Polywood Shutters In 2004, Sunburst Shutters Las Vegas had Polywood shutters fastened to the sides of their trucks as part of the graphics. These trucks were parked outside and saw the natural elements Las Vegas is known for. That’s intense heat for almost five months each year! These Polywood shutters had been on our company trucks for more than 7 years. That’s when our team carried out a test 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. This was further validation for our team that the Sunburst paint finish is indeed the best around! And since Polywood can endure that much heat damage travelling on a truck for more than 7 years, it’s without a doubt the most durable shutter for your house in Charlotte, NC. Get An Estimate On Polywood Shutters For Your Charlotte Home Interested in learning more about Polywood shutters? Call 980-231-1116 for an in-home design consultation. Our specialists show you all the color options, louver sizes, and frame styles available. We take measurements of your windows to provide you with the most accurate shutter quote. And when we install your Polywood shutters, they will fit your window just right. Our experts also share with you the specifics of the lifetime warranty we provide for our shutters. Call 980-231-1116 or fill out the form below to schedule your free in-home design consultation today!