3 Ways Polywood Shutters Are Preferred Over Hollow Vinyl And Composite Shutters In Southern California

Kimball Jones
Plantation shutters in Southern California come with different options. And when you are figuring out which non-wood shutter is the best for your home, it might be hard to discern the differences. You can pick the wrong type without knowing and end up ordering shutters that won’t last. When it comes to solid polymer shutters, like our best-selling Polywood® shutters, are they a better investment than composite shutters? Here are three ways Polywood shutters are better than composite shutters in Southern California to help you decide.

1. Polywood vs Composite Shutters Durability

Polywood shutters are constructed from a top grade solid polymer that ensures the most rigidity, color-retention, and durability than any other shutter on the market. This way, the shutter louvers won't be damaged over time. However, composite shutters are made from a pressed-board core, wrapped with poly-vinyl. The vinyl covering the pressed board also peels away from the core material readily. And this peeling is expedited in hot, humid, and wet climates. Hollow vinyl shutters are another option for non-wood shutters. But they deteriorate the fastest because of the substance.

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Both forms of non-wood shutters are likely to warp and deteriorate under varying climate conditions in Southern California. Polywood is manufactured with UV inhibitors that divert heat. And because heat is the biggest culprit in chipping the shutter louvers, Polywood is hands down the longest lasting plantation shutter you can find.

2. Polywood vs Composite Shutters Color Fastness

Polywood shutters come in three exceptional white paints. We bake our paint finishes on each component at hot temperatures that exceed any temperatures Southern California could experience. This patented finishing process applies UV inhibitors to make sure the color doesn’t fade.
Other types of non-wood shutters come with either low quality paint finish or no paint finish at all. In a lot of cases, the vinyl wrap is the final color. Yes, this finish appears to be adequate at first. But it fades over time. And some hollow vinyls are painted. However, with the material easily conducting heat, this adversely impacts the finish day after day.

3. Polywood vs Composite Shutters Energy Efficiency

Third party tests illustrate that Polywood shutters reduce heat transfer by up to 45% and insulate against 30° of temperature. With that, Polywood insulates up to 70% better than a similar 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 the panels and louvers. Just interlock the weatherstripping pieces while closing the panels to get the tightest seal possible against the weather conditions outside. You won’t find all the energy savings that Polywood offers in any composite shutter.

Our Team In Vegas Experiences The Durability Of Polywood Shutters First Hand

Back in 2004, Sunburst Shutters Las Vegas had Polywood shutters anchored to the sides of their trucks as part of the graphics. They were parked outside and withstood the natural elements Vegas is known for. We’re talking excessive heat for almost five months each year!
These plantation shutters had been attached to our vehicles for more than 7 years. Our team organized an investigation on how well Polywood retained the color painted on it. We wiped the Polywood shutter that was on the truck clean. And we compared it side by side to a new Polywood. We found the color to be unchanged. There was no fading or discoloration. It was further validation for us that the Sunburst paint finish is truly top quality!
And knowing that Polywood can handle so much abuse and heat travelling on a truck for more than 7 years, it’s without a doubt the strongest shutter for your house in Southern California.

Get A Quote On Polywood Shutters For Your Southern California Home

To learn more about the features of Polywood shutters, call 888-611-2474 for an in-home design consultation. Our professionals show you all the louver sizes, frame styles, and color options available. We’ll measure your windows to provide you with the most accurate shutter quote. And we install your Polywood shutters so that they fit your window perfectly. We’ll also explain the specifics of the lifetime warranty we provide for Polywood shutters. Call 888-611-2474 or fill out the form below to schedule your free in-home design consultation today!