3 Ways Polywood Shutters Are Preferred Over Hollow Vinyl And Composite Shutters In Houston, TX12/15/2015Cory Cryer Wherever you look in Houston, there are plenty of plantation shutters choices. And when you are figuring out which non-wood shutter fits your home best, it might be hard to discern the differences. You can easily make the wrong choice and wind up investing in low quality shutters. Are solid polymer shutters, like our best-selling Polywood® shutters, a better investment than hollow vinyl or MDF (multi-density fiberboard) shutters? Here are three ways Polywood shutters are better than composite shutters in Houston, TX so you can choose. 1. Polywood vs Composite Shutters Durability Polywood shutters are constructed from a first class solid polymer that ensures the most durability, rigidity, and color-retention than any other shutter money can buy. With that, the shutter louvers will not chip over time. However, composite shutters are made from a pressed-board core, wrapped with poly-vinyl. The vinyl wrapping the pressed board is likely to peel off from the core material easily. And this peeling happens even faster in wet, hot, and humid environments. Hollow vinyl shutters are another option for non-wood shutters. But they disintegrate the fastest in large part due to the substance. Both forms of non-wood shutters are susceptible to deterioration and warping when exposed to the different climate conditions in Houston. Polywood is built with UV inhibitors that divert heat. And with heat being the leading culprit in cracking the shutter louvers, Polywood is absolutely the most durable plantation shutter for your home. 2. Polywood vs Composite Shutters Color Fastness Polywood shutters colors include three premium white paints. The paint finishes are baked on each element at hotter temperatures than Houston has seen. This patented finishing process applies UV inhibitors which guarantees the color will never fade. Other types of non-wood shutters come with low quality paint finish. And some composite shutters won’t even have any paint finish at all. In most cases, the vinyl covering is the final color. This finish may look good initially, but it fades with time. And some hollow vinyls are painted. With the vinyl being a heat conductor, this seriously influences the finish as time goes by. 3. Polywood vs Composite Shutters Energy Efficiency Third party tests illustrate that Polywood shutters lead to reduction of heat transfer by up to 45% and block up to 30° of temperature. That’s how Polywood insulates up to 70% better than the top solid wood shutter. Polywood’s insulating properties are a result of the solid polymer material. However what sets Polywood apart even more from composite shutters is the weatherstripping on the panels and louvers. Just interlock the weatherstripping as you close the panels and you get a very tight seal against the impact of the weather outside. No composite shutter can offer the energy savings that Polywood does. The Sunburst Team In Vegas Puts The Durability Of Polywood Shutters To The Test In 2004, Sunburst Shutters Las Vegas had Polywood shutters attached to the sides of their trucks as part of the graphics. They were parked outside and withstood all the weather conditions Vegas is famous for. We’re talking extreme heat for five months out of the year! Those plantation shutters had been fastened to our trucks for almost 7 years at that point. Our team conducted an experiment on the color retention value of Polywood. The team wiped down the dusty Polywood shutter installed on the vehicle. And we compared it side by side to a new Polywood. The color hadn’t changed one bit. There wasn’t any visible signs of fading or discoloration. This was further validation for the team that our paint finish is indeed the best around! And with Polywood withstanding all that heat and abuse travelling on a truck for 7+ years, it’s without a doubt the long lasting shutter for your home in Houston, TX. Contact Us For An Estimate On Polywood Shutters For Your Houston Home Interested in learning more about Polywood shutters? Call 713-853-9629 for an in-home design consultation. Our professionals bring shutter samples to your home, including the frame styles, color options, and louver sizes available. We take measurements of your windows to give you the most precise shutter estimate. And we install your Polywood shutters so that they fit your window just right. Our professionals also explain the details of the lifetime warranty available on our shutters. Call 713-853-9629 or fill out the form below to schedule your free in-home design consultation today!