3 Ways Polywood Shutters Are Better Than Hollow Vinyl And Composite Shutters In San Jose, CA12/15/2015Curtis Orton Plantation shutters in San Jose come with different options. And when you are figuring out which non-wood shutter fits your home best, it’s not easy to distinguish the differences. You can unknowingly choose the wrong type and end up buying shutters that won’t last. Wondering if Polywood® shutters - our best-selling solid polymer shutters - are a better investment than MDF (multi-density fiberboard) or hollow vinyl shutters? Find out the three ways Polywood shutters are preferred over composite shutters in San Jose, CA to help you decide. 1. Polywood vs Composite Shutters Durability Polywood shutters are crafted from a top grade solid polymer that ensures the most rigidity, color-retention, and durability than any other shutter money can buy. This way, the shutter louvers won't be damaged as long as they’re on the window. On the other hand, composite shutters are fabricated from a pressed-board core, enveloped in poly-vinyl. The vinyl enveloping the pressed board also peels away from the core substance quickly. And this peeling happens even faster in hot, humid, and wet climates. Hollow vinyl shutters are another option for non-wood shutters. But they deteriorate the fastest because of the material. Both forms of non-wood shutters are likely to warp and deteriorate when exposed to the different climate conditions in San Jose. Polywood is built with UV inhibitors that deflect heat. And since heat is the leading offender in warping the shutter louvers, Polywood is hands down the longest lasting plantation shutter you can buy. 2. Polywood vs Composite Shutters Color Fastness Polywood shutters come in three exceptional white paints. The paint finishes are baked on each element at hotter temperatures than San Jose has seen. The patented finishing process uses UV inhibitors to ensure the color doesn’t fade. 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 most cases, the vinyl wrap is the final color. This finish may look good initially, but it fades as time goes by. And when it comes to hollow vinyls, some are painted. But since the material conducts heat, this seriously affects the finish day after day. 3. Polywood vs Composite Shutters Energy Efficiency Third party tests illustrate that Polywood shutters lead to reduction of heat transfer by up to 45% and block up to 30° of temperature. 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 stand out even more from composite shutters is the weatherstripping on the louvers and panels. Just interlock the weatherstripping pieces while closing the panels and you get a very tight seal against the weather conditions outside. You won’t find all the energy savings that Polywood offers in any composite shutter. The Sunburst Team In Vegas’s First Hand Experience With The Durability Of Polywood Shutters 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 endured the climate Nevada is known for. That’s extreme heat for more than five months a year! Those plantation shutters had been on our company trucks for more than 7 years at that point. Our team carried out an investigation on the color retention value of Polywood. The team dusted off the Polywood shutter that was on the truck. And we compared it side by side to a new Polywood. We found the color to be unchanged. There was no fading or discoloration. It further validated for the team that this paint finish is indeed the best around! And knowing that Polywood can handle all that heat and abuse travelling on a truck for over 7 years, it’s without a doubt the strongest shutter for your house in San Jose, CA. Get Quoted For Polywood Shutters For Your San Jose Home Interested in learning more about Polywood shutters? Call 916-542-1305 for an in-home design consultation. Our professionals bring you samples of all the color options, louver sizes, and frame styles available. We’ll measure your windows to provide you with the most accurate shutter quote. And we install your Polywood shutters so that they fit your window beautifully. Our experts also share with you the fine points of the lifetime warranty that comes with these shutters. Call 916-542-1305 or fill out the form below to schedule your free in-home design consultation today!