3 Ways Polywood Shutters Are A Better Choice Than Hollow Vinyl And Composite Shutters In Phoenix, AZ12/15/2015Greg Arnett Plantation shutters in Phoenix come with different options. And when you are figuring out which non-wood shutter is the best for your home, it might be hard to discern the differences. You can easily make the wrong choice and find yourself purchasing shutters that aren’t durable. When it comes to solid polymer shutters, like our best-selling Polywood® shutters, are they a better investment than MDF (multi-density fiberboard) or hollow vinyl shutters? Find out the three ways Polywood shutters are preferred over composite shutters in Phoenix, AZ . 1. Polywood vs Composite Shutters Durability Polywood shutters are crafted from high quality solid polymer that leads to the most color-retention, durability, and rigidity than any other shutter you can find. This means the shutter louvers won’t warp as time goes by. In contrast, composite shutters are constructed from a pressed-board core, wrapped with poly-vinyl. The vinyl wrapping the pressed board also peels away from the core material readily. And this peeling happens even faster in hot, humid, and wet climates. Non-wood shutters are also available as hollow vinyl shutters. But they deteriorate the fastest in large part due to the substance. Both forms of non-wood shutters are susceptible to deterioration and warping under varying weather conditions in Phoenix. Polywood is crafted with UV inhibitors that deflect heat. And because heat is the major culprit in warping the shutter louvers, Polywood is absolutely the longest lasting plantation shutter you can find. 2. Polywood vs Composite Shutters Color Fastness Polywood shutters are available in three premium white paints. The paint finishes are baked on each piece at hot temperatures that exceed any temperatures Phoenix could experience. This patented finishing process uses UV inhibitors to ensure the color never fades. Other types of non-wood shutters finishes are limited to either low quality paint finish or no 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 over time. And some hollow vinyls are painted. However, with the material easily conducting heat, this adversely influences the finish over time. 3. Polywood vs Composite Shutters Energy Efficiency Third party testing shows that Polywood shutters insulate against 30° of temperature and reduce heat transfer by up to 45%. That’s how Polywood insulates up to 70% better than even the best solid wood shutter. Polywood’s insulating properties are a result of the solid polymer material. But what makes Polywood stand out even more from composite shutters is the weatherstripping on louvers and panels. All you have to do is interlock the weatherstripping as you close the panels. This gives you a very tight 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. They were parked outside and endured the climate Vegas is famous for. We’re talking intense heat for almost five months each year! Those shutters had been on our vehicles for almost 7 years. That’s when our team organized an investigation on how well Polywood retained the color painted on it. So 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 was no fading or discoloration. It further validated for our team that the Sunburst paint finish is the best in the market! And since Polywood can endure that much heat and abuse on the road for over 7 years, it’s without a doubt the long lasting shutter for your home in Phoenix, AZ. Get Quoted For Polywood Shutters For Your Phoenix Home Want to know more about Polywood shutters? Call 480-485-7743 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 present you the most accurate shutter quote. And we install your Polywood shutters so that they fit your window beautifully. Our specialists also share with you the specifics of the lifetime warranty we provide for our shutters. Call 480-485-7743 or fill out the form below to schedule your free in-home design consultation today!