18 Dec What are Poly-Synthetic Shutters?
What are Poly-Synthetic Shutters?
Shutters come in a variety of materials, each designed to meet the needs and budget of a range of customers. One category of materials is called “poly-synthetic.” The use of this term can get a little murky, so we’ll try to set the record straight.
Poly-synthetic shutters are 100-percent non-wood. Unlike other engineered products, like medium-density fiberboard (MDF) and high-density fiberboard (HDF), which contain sawdust particles and may break down when exposed to water or high humidity, poly-synthetic materials are completely waterproof, making them ideal for use in wet and high-humidity places, such as the bathroom or above the kitchen sink. Even under humid conditions, poly-synthetic shutters do not expand and contract the way wood-based products can when they are in an area with extra moisture.
The material for poly-synthetic blinds is technically foam-based and is extruded in its final shape. Many people worry that this type of material will yellow over time with exposure to the sun an other light. The poly-synthetic shutters sold by Wasatch shutter have a painted finish that is much more durable than the old methods of simply adding a colorant to the material as it was formed and hoping for the best. Wasatch Shutter guarantees their poly-synthetic shutters will not yellow from exposure to the sun.
When you’re shopping around for shutters, some of these terms are used loosely, or interchangeably, when they really shouldn’t be. Other companies will use the term “poly-synthetic” to refer to shutters crafted of MDF or HDF. Other times, the terms “composite” and “faux wood” may be used. It’s important to clarify exactly what type of product is being bid. That way, when you compare companies and estimates, deciding which product is best for your home, you will be able to compare like items. If the price from another company is significantly lower, and the material has not been specified, there is a strong likelihood that the bid is for an MDF or HDF product.
Every material used in the construction of shutters has its strengths and its limitations. Thoroughly interviewing the companies from which you receive bids, and asking questions about their product lines will help you gain the right information. It will help you decide what is best for you based on application, aesthetics, and budget.
A knowledgeable sales representative will be able to talk you through each type of material and construction method to help you determine what will best meet your needs. Knowing that you are purchasing your shutters from a locally-based company that stands behind their products may give you the extra confidence you need when making your final purchasing decision.
Reach out to our shutter specialists to answer your questions and get an estimate, or simply fill out the contact form.