3 Ways Polywood Shutters Are Better Than Hollow Vinyl And Composite Shutters In Austin, TX12/15/2015Tyler Jorgensen Wherever you look in Austin, there are plenty of plantation shutters choices. And when you want to know which non-wood shutter is the best for your home, it’s not easy to distinguish the differences. You can unknowingly choose the wrong type and wind up investing in shutters that aren’t durable. When it comes to solid polymer shutters, like our best-selling Polywood® shutters, are they a better value than composite shutters? Here are three ways Polywood shutters are preferred over composite shutters in Austin, TX so you can choose. 1. Polywood vs Composite Shutters Durability Polywood shutters are constructed from high quality solid polymer that results in the most color-retention, durability, and rigidity than any other shutter available. This means the shutter louvers will not chip as long as they’re on the window. On the other hand, composite shutters are constructed from a pressed-board core, encapsulated in poly-vinyl. The vinyl wrapping the pressed board is likely to peel off from the core substance readily. And this peeling happens even faster in humid, wet, and hot surroundings. Hollow vinyl shutters are another option for non-wood shutters. But they deteriorate the fastest due to the elements. Both kinds of non-wood shutters are susceptible to deterioration and warping under varying climate conditions in Austin. Polywood is built with UV inhibitors that do not absorb heat. And since heat is the main culprit in cracking the shutter louvers, Polywood is absolutely the highest quality plantation shutter you can buy. 2. Polywood vs Composite Shutters Color Fastness Polywood shutters come in three exceptional white paints. We bake our paint finishes on each component at hotter temperatures than Austin has seen. The patented finishing process uses UV inhibitors which guarantees the color will never fade. Other types of non-wood shutters come with no or low quality paint finish. In the majority of cases, the vinyl covering is the all the color you get. Although it looks good when installed, this finish fades as time goes by. And when it comes to hollow vinyls, some are painted. With the vinyl being a heat conductor, this adversely impacts the finish day after day. 3. Polywood vs Composite Shutters Energy Efficiency Third party testing illustrates that Polywood shutters insulate against 30° of temperature and result in a reduction of heat transfer by up to 45%. That’s how Polywood insulates up to 70% better than even the best solid wood shutter. These insulating properties are due to the solid polymer material Polywood shutters are made from. But what makes Polywood even more energy efficient than composite shutters is the weatherstripping on the louvers and panels. All you have to do is interlock the weatherstripping while closing the panels. This gives you the tightest seal possible against the effects of the weather outside. No composite shutter can offer the energy savings that Polywood does. Our Vegas Team’s First Hand Experience With The Durability Of Polywood Shutters In 2004, Sunburst Shutters Las Vegas had Polywood shutters fastened to the sides of their trucks as part of the graphics. They were parked outside and saw all the weather conditions Las Vegas is known for. That’s intense heat for almost five months each year! The shutters had been fastened to our vehicles for almost 7 years. That’s when our team carried out an experiment on how well Polywood retained the color painted on it. We dusted off the Polywood shutter that was on the truck. And we brought a new Polywood shutter and held it up next to it to compare. We found the color to be unchanged. We didn’t see any discoloration or fading. It was further validation for us that the Sunburst paint finish is indeed the best around! And since Polywood can endure all that heat and abuse on the road for more than 7 years, it’s without a doubt the most durable shutter for your residence in Austin, TX. Get Quoted For Polywood Shutters For Your Austin Home Want to know more about Polywood shutters? Call 512-549-6077 for an in-home design consultation. Our professionals bring you samples of all the color options, louver sizes, and frame styles available. We take measurements of your windows to present you as precise a shutter quote as possible. And once we’ve installed your shutters, they’ll fit your window perfectly. Our experts also discuss with you the details of the lifetime warranty available on our shutters. Call 512-549-6077 or fill out the form below to schedule your free in-home design consultation today!