What Does Composite Really Mean?

What Does Composite Really Mean?

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There are some common misconceptions about composite shutters — and we’re here to set the record straight.

Often, when people hear the term “composite board,” they interpret it to mean “fake wood.” However, this is an oversimplification of a product that comes with several key advantages.

Instead of “fake wood,” think of composite as “engineered wood.” It’s made primarily of wood fiber and plastic content, but also includes ultraviolet inhibitors, pigments and borate preservatives. Because composite board is a man-made material, it’s been optimized to improve on many of wood’s shortcomings.

For starters, most types of composite are actually more durable than wood, making them a smarter, weather-safe choice for exterior shutters. Unlike wood that can warp over time with exposure to the elements, composite holds its shape. It’s also more sustainable because the manufacturing process can use recycled materials. Plus, thanks to the easy production and durability, products made from composite are typically more cost effective. To top it off, composite board material is more easily customized, with a variety of colors and textures available.

So, to sum it up, composite board is:

  • Durable
  • Cost-effective
  • Sustainable
  • Customizable

That’s a pretty good list. Next time someone tries to tell you that composite board is just “fake wood,” you’ll know the truth. It might be engineered — but those man-made properties make it the superior choice in many situations.

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