3 Ways Polywood Shutters Are Preferred Over Hollow Vinyl And Composite Shutters In Detroit, MI

Steve Hill
The market for plantation shutters in Detroit is full of options. And when you’re researching which non-wood shutter is best for you, it’s not easy to distinguish the differences. You can easily make the wrong choice and wind up buying shutters that aren’t durable. Are solid polymer shutters, like our best-selling Polywood® shutters, a better value than hollow vinyl or MDF (multi-density fiberboard) shutters? Find out the three ways Polywood shutters are a better choice than composite shutters in Detroit, MI so you can choose.

1. Polywood vs Composite Shutters Durability

Polywood shutters are fashioned from high quality solid polymer that results in the most rigidity, color-retention, and durability than any other shutter you can find. With that, the shutter louvers won’t warp as time goes by. In contrast, composite shutters are built from a pressed-board core, wrapped with poly-vinyl. The vinyl enveloping the pressed board also peels away from the core element readily. And this peeling happens even faster in wet, hot, and humid climates. Hollow vinyl shutters are another option for non-wood shutters. But they deteriorate the fastest in large part due to the substance.

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Both kinds of non-wood shutters are likely to warp and deteriorate when exposed to the different climate conditions in Detroit. Polywood is made with UV inhibitors that divert heat. And since heat is the major problem in chipping the shutter louvers, Polywood is hands down the most durable plantation shutter you can buy.

2. Polywood vs Composite Shutters Color Fastness

Polywood shutters come in three superior white paints. We bake the paint finishes on each component at hot temperatures that exceed any temperatures Detroit could experience. This patented finishing process uses UV inhibitors and ensures the color will never fade.
Other types of non-wood shutters are available in no or low quality paint finish. In the majority of 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 affects the finish day after day.

3. Polywood vs Composite Shutters Energy Efficiency

Third party tests show that Polywood shutters shield against 30° of temperature and reduce heat transfer by up to 45%. With that, Polywood insulates up to 70% better than a similar solid wood shutter.
These insulating properties are due to the solid polymer material Polywood shutters are made from. Yet what makes Polywood even more energy efficient than composite shutters is the weatherstripping on louvers and panels. All you have to do is interlock the pieces of weatherstripping as you close the panels to get an airtight seal against the effects of the weather outside. No composite shutter can offer the energy savings that Polywood does.

The Sunburst Team In Vegas 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. These trucks were parked outside and withstood all the weather conditions Vegas is infamous for. We’re talking extreme heat for five months out of the year!
These shutters had been on our vehicles for almost 7 years. That’s when our team conducted a test to see how effective Polywood is in retaining the original paint color. So we dusted off the Polywood shutter that was on the truck. 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. It was further validation for us that the Sunburst paint finish is the best in the market!
And knowing that Polywood can handle all that heat and abuse on the side of a truck for over 7 years, it’s without a doubt the most durable shutter for your residence in Detroit, MI.

Get Quoted For Polywood Shutters For Your Detroit Home

To learn more about the features of Polywood shutters, call 248-429-9294 for an in-home design consultation. Our professionals bring shutter samples to your home, including the color options, louver sizes, and frame styles available. We measure the length and width of your windows to present you the most accurate shutter quote. And when we install your Polywood shutters, they will fit your window perfectly. Our specialists also explain the details of the lifetime warranty we provide for our shutters. Call 248-429-9294 or fill out the form below to schedule your free in-home design consultation today!