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

David White
The market for plantation shutters in Miami is full of options. And when you’re researching which non-wood shutter fits your home best, it might be hard to discern the differences. You can unknowingly choose the wrong type and wind up ordering 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 a better choice than composite shutters in Miami, FL to help you decide.

1. Polywood vs Composite Shutters Durability

Polywood shutters are made from a first class solid polymer that ensures the most color-retention, durability, and rigidity than any other shutter you can find. This way, the shutter louvers won’t warp over time. However, composite shutters are made from a pressed-board core, enveloped in poly-vinyl. The vinyl wrapping the pressed board also peels away from the core material readily. And this peeling happens even faster in hot, humid, and wet environments. Hollow vinyl shutters are another option for non-wood shutters. But they deteriorate the fastest due to the substance.

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Both forms of non-wood shutters are susceptible to deterioration and warping when you consider all the weather conditions in Miami. Polywood is manufactured with UV inhibitors that divert heat. And since heat is the biggest offender in cracking the shutter louvers, Polywood is without a doubt the most durable plantation shutter you can find.

2. Polywood vs Composite Shutters Color Fastness

Polywood shutters are available in three premium white paints. These paint finishes are baked on each piece at hotter temperatures than Miami has seen. The patented finishing process applies UV inhibitors and ensures the color doesn’t fade.
Other types of non-wood shutters come with either low quality paint finish or no paint finish at all. In the majority of cases, the vinyl covering is the color you end up with. This finish may look good initially, but it fades as time goes by. And as to hollow vinyls, some are painted. With the vinyl being a heat conductor, this seriously affects the finish over time.

3. Polywood vs Composite Shutters Energy Efficiency

Third party testing illustrates that Polywood shutters lead to reduction of heat transfer by up to 45% and insulate against 30° of temperature. 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. Yet what makes Polywood even more energy efficient than composite shutters is the weatherstripping on the louvers and panels. Just interlock the pieces of weatherstripping while closing the panels to get a very tight seal 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

Back in 2004, Sunburst Shutters Las Vegas had Polywood shutters anchored to the sides of their trucks as part of the graphics. These trucks were parked outside and endured all the weather conditions Las Vegas is famous for. That’s intense heat for almost five months each year!
These plantation shutters had been on our company trucks for more than 7 years. Our team conducted an experiment 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. We didn’t see any discoloration or fading. This was further validation for the team that our paint finish is the best in the market!
And since Polywood can endure that much heat and abuse on the side of a truck for more than 7 years, it’s without a doubt the most durable shutter for your house in Miami, FL.

Get A Quote On Polywood Shutters For Your Miami Home

To learn more about the features of Polywood shutters, call 305-520-7515 for an in-home design consultation. Our professionals bring you samples of all the color options, louver sizes, and frame styles available. We measure the length and width of your windows to give you the most precise shutter estimate. And when we install your Polywood shutters, they will fit your window just right. We’ll also explain the specifics of the lifetime warranty available on our shutters. Call 305-520-7515 or fill out the form below to schedule your free in-home design consultation today!