3 Ways Polywood Shutters Are Better Than Hollow Vinyl And Composite Shutters In St. George, UT

Kasey Udy
Wherever you look in St. George, 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 pick the wrong type without knowing and wind up purchasing shutters that aren’t durable. Are solid polymer shutters, like our best-selling Polywood® shutters, a better investment than hollow vinyl or MDF (multi-density fiberboard) shutters? Learn about the three ways Polywood shutters are better than composite shutters in St. George, UT so you can choose.

1. Polywood vs Composite Shutters Durability

Polywood shutters are constructed from a top grade solid polymer that ensures the most color-retention, durability, and rigidity than any other shutter you can find. With that, the shutter louvers won't be damaged as long as they’re on the window. However, composite shutters are made from a pressed-board core, wrapped with poly-vinyl. The vinyl encapsulating the pressed board is prone to peeling from the core material quickly. And this peeling is accelerated in humid, wet, and hot climates. Another option for non-wood shutters is hollow vinyl. But they deteriorate the fastest because of the elements.

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Both kinds of non-wood shutters are susceptible to deterioration and warping when exposed to the different weather conditions in St. George. Polywood is made with UV inhibitors that deflect heat. And since heat is the leading culprit in splitting the shutter louvers, Polywood is without a doubt the highest quality plantation shutter you can find.

2. Polywood vs Composite Shutters Color Fastness

Polywood shutters colors include three exceptional white paints. The paint finishes are baked on each element at hotter temperatures than St. George has seen. The patented finishing process includes UV inhibitors to make sure the color doesn’t fade.
Other types of non-wood shutters come with no or low quality paint finish. In most cases, the vinyl covering is the final color. Although it looks good when installed, this finish fades as time goes by. And as to hollow vinyls, some are painted. With the vinyl being a heat conductor, this adversely influences the finish day after day.

3. Polywood vs Composite Shutters Energy Efficiency

Third party testing shows that Polywood shutters insulate 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. But what makes Polywood even more energy efficient than composite shutters is the weatherstripping on the louvers and panels. Just interlock the weatherstripping pieces as you close the panels to get a very tight seal against the effects of the weather outside. No composite shutter can offer the energy savings that Polywood does.

Our Team In Vegas’s First Hand Experience With The Durability Of Polywood Shutters

Back 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 the climate Las Vegas is infamous for. We’re talking intense heat for more than five months a year!
Those plantation shutters had been on our vehicles for almost 7 years at that point. Our team carried out a test on how well Polywood retained the color painted on it. The team dusted off the Polywood shutter that was on the truck. And we compared it side by side to a new Polywood. The color was the same. There wasn’t any visible signs of fading or discoloration. This was further validation for the team that the Sunburst paint finish is truly top quality!
And since Polywood can endure that much abuse and heat on the side of a truck for 7+ years, it’s hands-down the long lasting shutter for your home in St. George, UT.

Contact Us For An Estimate On Polywood Shutters For Your St. George Home

To learn more about the features of Polywood shutters, call 435-485-9332 for an in-home design consultation. Our experts bring you samples of all the louver sizes, frame styles, and color options available. We’ll measure your windows to provide you with the most precise shutter estimate. And we install your Polywood shutters so that they fit your window perfectly. Our specialists also discuss with you the details of the lifetime warranty available on Polywood shutters. Call 435-485-9332 or fill out the form below to schedule your free in-home design consultation today!