3 Ways Polywood Shutters Are A Better Choice Than Hollow Vinyl And Composite Shutters In Fort Myers, FL

Charlie Cole and Brady Parker
The market for plantation shutters in Fort Myers is full of options. And when you’re researching 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 wind up ordering low quality shutters. Are solid polymer shutters, like our best-selling Polywood® shutters, worth more than composite shutters? Learn about the three ways Polywood shutters are preferred over composite shutters in Fort Myers, FL .

1. Polywood vs Composite Shutters Durability

Polywood shutters are constructed from a first class solid polymer that results in the most durability, rigidity, and color-retention than any other shutter money can buy. With that, the shutter louvers won't be damaged over time. In contrast, composite shutters are made from a pressed-board core, encapsulated in poly-vinyl. The vinyl encapsulating the pressed board is likely to peel off from the core element quickly. And this peeling is expedited in humid, wet, and hot environments. Hollow vinyl shutters are another option for non-wood shutters. But they deteriorate the fastest in large part due to the elements.

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Both kinds of non-wood shutters are vulnerable to warping and deterioration when exposed to the different weather conditions in Fort Myers. Polywood is built with UV inhibitors that divert heat. And with heat being the main culprit in splitting the shutter louvers, Polywood is hands down the most durable plantation shutter you can buy.

2. Polywood vs Composite Shutters Color Fastness

Polywood shutters are available in three exceptional white paints. We bake the paint finishes on each part at hotter temperatures than Fort Myers has seen. The patented finishing process includes UV inhibitors and ensures the color never fades.
Other types of non-wood shutters finishes are limited to low quality paint finish. And some composite shutters won’t even have any paint finish at all. In the majority of cases, the vinyl wrap is the all the color you get. Although it looks good when installed, this finish fades over time. And as to hollow vinyls, some are painted. But since the material conducts heat, this negatively impacts the finish day after day.

3. Polywood vs Composite Shutters Energy Efficiency

Third party tests illustrate that Polywood shutters insulate against 30° of temperature and lead to reduction of heat transfer by up to 45%. That’s how Polywood insulates up to 70% better than even the best solid wood shutter.
Polywood’s insulating properties are a result of the solid polymer material. Yet what makes Polywood stand out even more from composite shutters is the weatherstripping on the louvers and panels. Just interlock the pieces of weatherstripping while closing the panels. This gives you a very tight seal against the weather conditions outside. No composite shutter can offer the energy savings that Polywood does.

The Sunburst Team In Vegas Puts The Durability Of Polywood Shutters To The Test

Back in 2004, Sunburst Shutters Las Vegas had Polywood shutters attached to the sides of their trucks as part of the graphics. These trucks were parked outside and sustained the natural elements Las Vegas is known for. We’re talking intense heat for almost five months each year!
The shutters had been attached to our trucks for at least 7 years. That’s when our team carried out an experiment to see how effective Polywood is in retaining the original paint color. So we wiped the Polywood shutter that was on the truck clean. And we brought a new Polywood shutter and held it up next to it to compare. The color was the same. There was no fading or discoloration. It was further validation for us that this paint finish is the best in the market!
And since Polywood can endure all that heat and abuse on the side of a truck for 7+ years, it’s hands-down the most durable shutter for your house in Fort Myers, FL.

Get A Quote On Polywood Shutters For Your Fort Myers Home

Interested in learning more about Polywood shutters? Call 239-208-6577 for an in-home design consultation. Our experts bring shutter samples to your home, including the frame styles, color options, and louver sizes available. We take measurements of your windows to present you as precise a shutter quote as possible. And we install your Polywood shutters so that they fit your window beautifully. Our specialists also discuss with you the details of the lifetime warranty we provide for Polywood shutters. Call 239-208-6577 or fill out the form below to schedule your free in-home design consultation today!