3 Ways Polywood Shutters Are A Better Choice Than Hollow Vinyl And Composite Shutters In Chicago, IL12/15/2015Richard Rampton The market for plantation shutters in Chicago is full of options. And when you are figuring out 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 purchasing 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 better than composite shutters in Chicago, IL . 1. Polywood vs Composite Shutters Durability Polywood shutters are constructed from a first class solid polymer that ensures the most color-retention, durability, and rigidity than any other shutter money can buy. This way, the shutter louvers won’t warp as long as they’re on the window. On the other hand, composite shutters are built from a pressed-board core, encapsulated in poly-vinyl. The vinyl wrapping the pressed board also peels away from the core element easily. And this peeling is accelerated in wet, hot, and humid climates. Hollow vinyl shutters are another option for non-wood shutters. But they disintegrate the fastest because of the material. Both types of non-wood shutters are likely to warp and deteriorate when exposed to the different climate conditions in Chicago. Polywood is crafted with UV inhibitors that divert heat. And since heat is the major offender in warping the shutter louvers, Polywood is absolutely the most durable plantation shutter you can buy. 2. Polywood vs Composite Shutters Color Fastness Polywood shutters colors include three superior white paints. We bake these paint finishes on each component at hotter temperatures than Chicago has seen. This patented finishing process applies UV inhibitors to make sure the color doesn’t fade. Other types of non-wood shutters are available in no or low quality paint finish. In a lot 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. With the vinyl being a heat conductor, this negatively affects 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 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. However 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 pieces as you close the panels and you get the tightest seal possible against the weather conditions outside. No matter how far and wide you look, there isn’t a composite shutter that can give you the energy savings close to that of Polywood. The Sunburst Team In Vegas Puts The Durability Of Polywood Shutters To The Test In 2004, Sunburst Shutters Las Vegas had Polywood shutters anchored to the sides of their trucks as part of the graphics. They were parked outside and endured all the weather conditions Las Vegas is famous for. That means excessive heat for five months out of the year! The shutters had been on our company trucks for almost 7 years at that point. Our team conducted an investigation on the color retention value of Polywood. So we wiped down the dusty Polywood shutter installed on the vehicle. 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 our paint finish is the best in the market! And since Polywood can endure that much abuse and heat on the road for more than 7 years, it’s without a doubt the most durable shutter for your residence in Chicago, IL. Contact Us For An Estimate On Polywood Shutters For Your Chicago Home Want to know more about Polywood shutters? Call 847-250-6544 for an in-home design consultation. Our experts bring you samples of all the frame styles, color options, and louver sizes available. We’ll measure your windows to present you as precise a shutter quote as possible. And we install your Polywood shutters so that they fit your window perfectly. We’ll also discuss with you the specifics of the lifetime warranty we provide for these shutters. Call 847-250-6544 or fill out the form below to schedule your free in-home design consultation today!