3 Ways Polywood Shutters Are Better Than Hollow Vinyl And Composite Shutters In Jacksonville, FL12/15/2015Kevin McCormack Wherever you look in Jacksonville, there are plenty of plantation shutters choices. And when you want to know 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 investing in shutters that won’t last. 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 preferred over composite shutters in Jacksonville, FL so you can choose. 1. Polywood vs Composite Shutters Durability Polywood shutters are made 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 won’t warp over time. In contrast, composite shutters are constructed from a pressed-board core, wrapped with poly-vinyl. The vinyl enveloping the pressed board is prone to peeling from the core element easily. And this peeling is expedited in hot, humid, and wet environments. Non-wood shutters are also available as hollow vinyl shutters. But they deteriorate the fastest due to the elements. Both kinds of non-wood shutters are likely to warp and deteriorate under varying climate conditions in Jacksonville. Polywood is built with UV inhibitors that do not absorb heat. And since heat is the biggest problem in chipping the shutter louvers, Polywood is without a doubt the highest quality plantation shutter you can find. 2. Polywood vs Composite Shutters Color Fastness Polywood shutters colors include three exceptional white paints. The paint finishes are baked on each piece at temperatures hotter than it will ever get in Jacksonville, FL. Our patented finishing process includes UV inhibitors to ensure the color will never fade. 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 covering is the all the color you get. This finish may look good initially, but it fades as time goes by. And when it comes to hollow vinyls, some are painted. However, with the material easily conducting heat, this adversely impacts the finish over time. 3. Polywood vs Composite Shutters Energy Efficiency Third party testing illustrates that Polywood shutters insulate against 30° of temperature and reduce 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. Yet what makes Polywood stand out even more from composite shutters is the weatherstripping on louvers and panels. Just interlock the weatherstripping pieces while closing the panels and you get an airtight seal against the effects of the weather 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. The Sunburst Team In Vegas’s First Hand Experience With The Durability Of Polywood Shutters In 2004, Sunburst Shutters Las Vegas had Polywood shutters anchored to the sides of their trucks as part of the graphics. These trucks were parked outside and sustained the climate Las Vegas is known for. That means intense heat for almost five months each year! The shutters had been fastened to our vehicles for almost 7 years at that point. Our team carried out a test 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 was no fading or discoloration. It was further validation for the team that this paint finish is the best in the market! And since Polywood can endure all that heat damage on the side of a truck for over 7 years, it’s undoubtedly the most durable shutter for your residence in Jacksonville, FL. Get A Quote On Polywood Shutters For Your Jacksonville Home Interested in learning more about Polywood shutters? Call 904-289-1663 for an in-home design consultation. Our specialists show you all the louver sizes, frame styles, and color options available. We’ll measure your windows to give you the most accurate shutter quote. And we install your Polywood shutters so that they fit your window perfectly. Our professionals also share with you the specifics of the lifetime warranty we provide for these shutters. Call 904-289-1663 or fill out the form below to schedule your free in-home design consultation today!