3 Ways Polywood Shutters Are A Better Choice Than Hollow Vinyl And Composite Shutters In Honolulu, HI
December 15, 2015
Wherever you look in Honolulu, there are plenty of plantation shutters choices. And when you’re researching which non-wood shutter is the best for your home, it might be hard to discern the differences. You can unknowingly choose the wrong type and end up buying low quality shutters. Wondering if Polywood® shutters - our best-selling solid polymer shutters - are a better value than composite shutters? Find out the three ways Polywood shutters are a better choice than composite shutters in Honolulu, HI so you can choose.
1. Polywood vs Composite Shutters DurabilityPolywood shutters are fashioned from high quality solid polymer that ensures the most rigidity, color-retention, and durability than any other shutter money can buy. This means the shutter louvers won't be damaged over time. 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 substance readily. And this peeling happens even faster in wet, hot, and humid surroundings. Hollow vinyl shutters are another option for non-wood shutters. But they degrade the fastest in large part due to the material.
Both types of non-wood shutters are susceptible to deterioration and warping when you consider all the environmental conditions in Honolulu. Polywood is built with UV inhibitors that deflect heat. And because heat is the biggest culprit in chipping the shutter louvers, Polywood is hands down the most durable plantation shutter for your home.
2. Polywood vs Composite Shutters Color Fastness
Polywood shutters are available in three superior white paints. These paint finishes are baked on each piece at hotter temperatures than Honolulu has seen. The patented finishing process includes UV inhibitors to make sure the color never fades.
Other types of non-wood shutters are available in either low quality paint finish or no paint finish at all. In the majority of cases, the vinyl wrap is the all the color you get. This finish may look good initially, but it fades with time. And when it comes to hollow vinyls, some are painted. However, with the material easily conducting heat, this negatively affects the finish day after day.
3. Polywood vs Composite Shutters Energy Efficiency
Third party testing illustrates that Polywood shutters block up to 30° of temperature and reduce heat transfer by up to 45%. With 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. However what makes Polywood stand out even more from composite shutters is the weatherstripping on the panels and louvers. Just interlock the weatherstripping as you close the panels to get the tightest seal possible 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 Team In Vegas Puts The Durability Of Polywood Shutters To The Test
Back 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 saw the natural elements Nevada is famous for. That means intense heat for more than five months a year!
These Polywood shutters had been on our trucks for almost 7 years. Our team carried out an experiment on the color retention value of Polywood. So we dusted off the Polywood shutter that was on the truck. And we held up a new Polywood shutter next it for comparison. The color hadn’t changed one bit. There was no fading or discoloration. This was further validation for us that this paint finish is the best in the market!
And knowing that Polywood can handle all that abuse and heat travelling on a truck for over 7 years, it’s without a doubt the strongest shutter for your house in Honolulu, HI.