3 Ways Polywood Shutters Are Better Than Hollow Vinyl And Composite Shutters In Hartford, CT

Holly Perron
The market for plantation shutters in Hartford is full of options. And when you want to know which non-wood shutter fits your home best, it’s not easy to distinguish the differences. You can unknowingly choose the wrong type and wind up ordering shutters that won’t last. When it comes to solid polymer shutters, like our best-selling Polywood® shutters, are they a better value than MDF (multi-density fiberboard) or hollow vinyl shutters? Find out the three ways Polywood shutters are preferred over composite shutters in Hartford, CT .

1. Polywood vs Composite Shutters Durability

Polywood shutters are constructed from a first class solid polymer that ensures the most durability, rigidity, and color-retention than any other shutter you can find. With that, the shutter louvers will not chip as long as they’re on the window. In contrast, composite shutters are made from a pressed-board core, encapsulated in poly-vinyl. The vinyl encapsulating the pressed board also peels away from the core substance easily. And this peeling happens even faster in wet, hot, and humid environments. Hollow vinyl shutters are another option for non-wood shutters. But they deteriorate the fastest due to the elements.

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Both forms of non-wood shutters are likely to warp and deteriorate when you consider all the environmental conditions in Hartford. Polywood is built with UV inhibitors that do not absorb heat. And since heat is the main problem in warping the shutter louvers, Polywood is without a doubt 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 hot temperatures that exceed any temperatures Hartford could experience. This patented finishing process applies UV inhibitors which guarantees the color will never fade.
Other types of non-wood shutters finishes are limited to no or low quality paint finish. In the majority of cases, the vinyl layer is the all the color you get. Although it looks good when installed, this finish fades with time. And some hollow vinyls are painted. But since the material conducts heat, this adversely affects the finish day after day.

3. Polywood vs Composite Shutters Energy Efficiency

Third party testing illustrates that Polywood shutters block up to 30° of temperature and result in a reduction of heat transfer by up to 45%. This means that Polywood insulates up to 70% better than the top 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. But what makes Polywood stand out even more from composite shutters is the weatherstripping on the louvers and panels. Simply interlock the pieces of weatherstripping while closing the panels to 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 Experiences The Durability Of Polywood Shutters First Hand

Back in 2004, Sunburst Shutters Las Vegas had Polywood shutters fastened to the sides of their trucks as part of the graphics. These trucks were parked outside and withstood the weather Vegas is known for. We’re talking excessive heat for almost five months each year!
The plantation shutters had been fastened to our trucks for almost 7 years at that point. Our team conducted an investigation on the color retention value of Polywood. 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. We found the color to be unchanged. There was no fading or discoloration. It further validated for us that this paint finish is the best in the market!
And knowing that Polywood can handle that much heat and abuse travelling on a truck for 7+ years, it’s undoubtedly the strongest shutter for your home in Hartford, CT.

Get A Quote On Polywood Shutters For Your Hartford Home

Want to know more about Polywood shutters? Call 860-266-5459 for an in-home design consultation. Our specialists bring you samples of all the color options, louver sizes, and frame styles available. We’ll measure your windows to present you the most precise shutter estimate. And once we’ve installed your shutters, they’ll fit your window beautifully. Our professionals also share with you the specifics of the lifetime warranty that comes with these shutters. Call 860-266-5459 or fill out the form below to schedule your free in-home design consultation today!