3 Ways Polywood Shutters Are Preferred Over Hollow Vinyl And Composite Shutters In Tampa, FL

Eric Ramsey
Plantation shutters in Tampa come with different options. And when you are figuring out which non-wood shutter is best for you, some differences may be tough to recognize. You can easily make the wrong choice and find yourself buying shutters that aren’t durable. Are solid polymer shutters, like our best-selling Polywood® shutters, a better investment than MDF (multi-density fiberboard) or hollow vinyl shutters? Find out the three ways Polywood shutters are a better choice than composite shutters in Tampa, FL to help you decide.

1. Polywood vs Composite Shutters Durability

Polywood shutters are fashioned from a top grade solid polymer that ensures the most durability, rigidity, and color-retention than any other shutter on the market. This means the shutter louvers won’t warp over time. In contrast, composite shutters are constructed from a pressed-board core, wrapped with poly-vinyl. The vinyl encapsulating the pressed board is likely to peel off from the core material readily. And this peeling is expedited in wet, hot, and humid environments. Another option for non-wood shutters is hollow vinyl. But they disintegrate the fastest because of the elements.

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Both kinds of non-wood shutters are likely to warp and deteriorate under varying environmental conditions in Tampa. Polywood is crafted with UV inhibitors that divert heat. And with heat being the main culprit in splitting the shutter louvers, Polywood is hands down the longest lasting plantation shutter for your home.

2. Polywood vs Composite Shutters Color Fastness

Polywood shutters come in three premium white paints. These paint finishes are baked on each element at temperatures hotter than it will ever get in Tampa, FL. Our patented finishing process uses UV inhibitors to make sure the color never fades.
Other types of non-wood shutters are available in either low quality paint finish or no paint finish at all. In most cases, the vinyl layer is the all the color you get. Although it looks good when installed, this finish fades with time. And when it comes to hollow vinyls, some are painted. However, with the material easily conducting heat, this seriously affects the finish over time.

3. Polywood vs Composite Shutters Energy Efficiency

Third party testing shows that Polywood shutters result in a reduction of heat transfer by up to 45% and insulate against 30° of temperature. This means that Polywood insulates up to 70% better than a similar solid wood shutter.
Polywood’s insulating properties are a result of the solid polymer material. 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 while closing the panels and you get an airtight 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. They were parked outside and endured the climate Vegas is known for. That means excessive heat for five months out of the year!
Those Polywood shutters had been fastened to our trucks for at least 7 years at that point. Our team organized an experiment to see how effective Polywood is in retaining the original paint color. The team wiped the Polywood shutter that was on the truck clean. And we held up a new Polywood shutter next it for comparison. We found the color to be unchanged. There was no fading or discoloration. This was further validation for the team that our paint finish is the best in the market!
And with Polywood withstanding all that heat damage on the road for over 7 years, it’s hands-down the most durable shutter for your home in Tampa, FL.

Get An Estimate On Polywood Shutters For Your Tampa Home

Want to know more about Polywood shutters? Call 813-580-7288 for an in-home design consultation. Our experts bring you samples of all the louver sizes, frame styles, and color options available. We take measurements of your windows to give you 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 specifics of the lifetime warranty available on these shutters. Call 813-580-7288 or fill out the form below to schedule your free in-home design consultation today!