3 Ways Polywood Shutters Are Better Than Hollow Vinyl And Composite Shutters In Colorado Springs, CO12/15/2015Gary Harding The market for plantation shutters in Colorado Springs is full of options. And when you’re researching which non-wood shutter is best for you, it might be hard to discern the differences. You can pick the wrong type without knowing and find yourself ordering shutters that won’t last. When it comes to solid polymer shutters, like our best-selling Polywood® shutters, are they worth more than MDF (multi-density fiberboard) or hollow vinyl shutters? Learn about the three ways Polywood shutters are preferred over composite shutters in Colorado Springs, CO so you can choose. 1. Polywood vs Composite Shutters Durability Polywood shutters are crafted from a top grade solid polymer that leads to the most color-retention, durability, and rigidity than any other shutter on the market. This means the shutter louvers won’t warp as long as they’re on the window. However, composite shutters are constructed from a pressed-board core, enveloped in poly-vinyl. The vinyl enveloping the pressed board is likely to peel off from the core substance readily. And this peeling is accelerated in humid, wet, and hot surroundings. Non-wood shutters are also available as hollow vinyl shutters. But they degrade the fastest in large part due to the elements. Both kinds of non-wood shutters are susceptible to deterioration and warping under varying environmental conditions in Colorado Springs. Polywood is crafted with UV inhibitors that do not absorb heat. And with heat being the leading problem in cracking the shutter louvers, Polywood is hands down the highest quality plantation shutter you can buy. 2. Polywood vs Composite Shutters Color Fastness Polywood shutters colors include three premium white paints. We bake the paint finishes on each component at hot temperatures that exceed any temperatures Colorado Springs could experience. This patented finishing process applies UV inhibitors and ensures the color never fades. Other types of non-wood shutters are available in 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 color you end up with. Yes, this finish appears to be adequate at first. But it fades with time. And when it comes to hollow vinyls, some are painted. With the vinyl being a heat conductor, this seriously impacts the finish over time. 3. Polywood vs Composite Shutters Energy Efficiency Third party testing shows that Polywood shutters shield against 30° of temperature and result in a reduction of 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. Yet what makes Polywood even more energy efficient than composite shutters is the weatherstripping on the panels and louvers. All you have to do is interlock the weatherstripping when closing the panels and you get a very tight seal against the effects of the weather outside. You won’t find all the energy savings that Polywood offers in any composite shutter. Our 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. They were parked outside and saw the climate Vegas is known for. We’re talking excessive heat for more than five months a year! The plantation shutters had been fastened to our company trucks for at least 7 years. Our team organized 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 held up a new Polywood shutter next it for comparison. The color hadn’t changed one bit. There was no fading or discoloration. This was further validation for us that the Sunburst paint finish is indeed the best around! And with Polywood withstanding so much abuse and heat on the side of a truck for 7+ years, it’s without a doubt the strongest shutter for your house in Colorado Springs, CO. Contact Us For A Quote For Polywood Shutters For Your Colorado Springs Home To learn more about the features of Polywood shutters, call 303-625-6431 for an in-home design consultation. Our experts bring you samples of all the frame styles, color options, and louver sizes available. We take measurements of your windows to provide you with as precise a shutter quote as possible. And when we install your Polywood shutters, they will fit your window just right. Our experts also discuss with you the details of the lifetime warranty we provide for Polywood shutters. Call 303-625-6431 or fill out the form below to schedule your free in-home design consultation today!