Wherever you look in Detroit, there are plenty of plantation shutters
choices. And when you want to know which non-wood shutter is best for you, it’s not easy to distinguish the differences. You can easily make the wrong choice and end up buying shutters that won’t last. Wondering if Polywood® shutters
- our best-selling solid polymer shutters - are worth more 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 to help you decide.
1. Polywood vs Composite Shutters Durability
Polywood shutters are fashioned from a top grade 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 over time. In contrast, composite shutters are fabricated 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. Another option for non-wood shutters is hollow vinyl. But they deteriorate the fastest in large part due to the elements.
Both forms of non-wood shutters are likely to warp and deteriorate under varying climate conditions in Detroit. Polywood is made with UV inhibitors that divert heat. And with heat being the major problem in chipping the shutter louvers, Polywood is without a doubt the longest lasting plantation shutter you can find.
2. Polywood vs Composite Shutters Color Fastness
Polywood shutters come in three superior white paints. These paint finishes are baked on each component at hotter temperatures than Detroit has seen. 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. This finish may look good initially, but it fades over time. And when it comes to hollow vinyls, some are painted. However, with the material easily conducting heat, this adversely affects the finish as time goes by.
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 even the best 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. However 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. You won’t find all the energy savings that Polywood offers in any composite shutter.
The Sunburst Team In Vegas Experiences The Durability Of Polywood Shutters First Hand
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 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 fastened to our vehicles for more than 7 years. That’s when our team carried out a test to see how effective Polywood is in retaining the original paint color. We dusted off the Polywood shutter that was on the truck. And we compared it side by side to a new Polywood. We found the color to be unchanged. 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 undoubtedly the most durable shutter for your house in Detroit, MI.
Contact Us For An Estimate On Polywood Shutters For Your Detroit Home
To learn more about the features of Polywood shutters, call 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 give you the most accurate shutter quote. And once we’ve installed your shutters, they’ll fit your window just right. Our specialists also explain the details of the lifetime warranty available on our shutters. Call 248-429-9294
or fill out the form below to schedule your free in-home design consultation today!