Why Composite is Better Than Wood

Why Composite is Better Than Wood

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More often than not, the main argument used against composite is that it’s not real wood. Well…yeah. That’s true. But you know what’s also true? Composite is better than wood.

Why? We’re so glad you asked. 


Thanks to the addition of zinc borate, an EPA-registered biocide, phenolic resins and water repellent, our composite has the ability to resist rot and other wood-destroying organisms. And while it does include these other components, it’s still made of 90% wood fibers, giving it a natural look without the risks of natural wood.

But what does durable really mean, exactly? Well, our Extira composite shutters start with a 10-year limited warranty, but are expected to last much longer.


Rather than depleting resources, our composite is made from wood that has no commercial tinder value and would otherwise go to waste. Plus, with no added urea formaldehyde, they’re compliant with the California Air Resources Board’s Airborne Toxic Control Measures 93120 and contribute to industry green building programs. 


Beyond their durability leading to cost-savings over time, composite shutters are also extremely affordable upfront — allowing you to save money in your initial investment and avoid replacing for longer. Plus, you won’t feel like you’re saving money as a concession. Instead, you’ll be able to get the exact look you want for less.

As far as we’re concerned, the only advantage that wood shutters have over composite shutters is the ability to say, “made of 100% wood.” And, as you can tell from the reasons above, that’s not necessarily a good thing. 

Get the durable, sustainable, affordable style you want. Shop composite shutters now.