Different Faux Wood Plantation Shutters In Cleveland

Nate Gromen

While you can find plenty of faux wood plantation shutters available in Cleveland, they all won’t age the same.  While some faux wood shutters will last forever without splitting, warping, or fading, other faux wood treatments will start to wear down in just a short amount of time.

It might be hard to determine what’s best about the different faux wood plantation shutters.  But once you know about the different types of faux wood, it will be much easier to see which interior shutter will stand the test of time.

The following list details the different kinds of faux wood shutters in Cleveland and rates them from the the least durable to the most best:

Vinyl Shutters:

Some plantation shutters that use vinyl want you to believe that they are using faux wood.  But don’t be deceived, vinyl is not faux wood. Vinyl’s plastic look and slick finish can be difficult to blend with a decor style, unlike other faux wood or basswood shutters.  These treatments may be one of the cheapest plantation shutter products around, but they also are the most insubstantial of the non-wood shutters.

Vinyl is also easily affected by heat. It’s not uncommon to see vinyl plantation shutters melt or discolor due to the sun’s rays. Since these treatments warp, discolor, and have poor insular characteristic, vinyl shutters don’t give much energy-efficiency to your windows -- especially if the louvers are hollow.

Different Faux wood plantation shutters in Cleveland
  • Benefits:

    Cheapest of the non-wood shutters.

  • Drawbacks:

    Appears plastic; frail materials; hollow louvers; minimal energy efficiency; will warp, chip or yellow.

Synthetic Wrapped Product:

An improvement from vinyl shutters are synthetic plantation shutters.  These treatments are made of pressed wood, wood chip components, or glued MDF, and then wrapped with a synthetic, vinyl, or plastic coating. The shutters are heavier and can appear much more like a traditional wood plantation shutter than their hollow louvered counterparts.

Unfortunately, synthetic wrapped shutters have some problems. The pressed wood under the wrapping can be extremely porous, leaving the window treatment exposed to humidity and moisture. It’s commonplace to see a warped or splintered louver or discover that the synthetic wrapping has split or peeled away.  Also, wrapped shutters won’t be custom-fitted for odd shaped windows like arches or circles.

  • Benefits:

    More substantial than vinyl shutters; might resemble real wood.

  • Drawbacks:

    Not suitable for high humidity or high moisture rooms. Will absorb moisture and humidity. Aren't moisture resistant; synthetic wrap can chip away; warps or splits easily; no specialty shapes.

Solid Extruded Faux Wood Shutters:

Plantation shutters created from solid extruded faux wood are more durable than most of the other non-wood plantation shutters.  Because the synthetic fibers permeate throughout the product, they form durable, solid louvers that are more protected from warping.  You will also see that they are more durable and will act much more like basswood plantation shutters. Solid extruded faux wood shutters are also able to be custom-made to fit every window shape and size -- even arches.

But a solid extruded window treatment is only as good as its faux wood formula.  Some mixtures create a frail product, which can be cracked or chipped by nails or screws during installation. If the faux wood doesn’t include a UV inhibitor, then the shutter will fade and yellow when exposed to sunlight. Some companies paint their louvers, which also invite chipping and yellowing over time.

  • Benefits:

    More durable treatment that is most comparable to a real-wood plantation shutter. 

  • Drawbacks:

    Quality depends on the formulation of the faux wood composite.

The Best Composite Faux Wood Shutter Is A Polywood® Shutter

Different Faux wood plantation shutters in Cleveland

Polywood plantation shutters are constructed from an extremely durable extruded faux wood compound that will never yellow, chip, or splinter.  Its unique formula gives it a feel like real wood, but with a material that resists moisture. We include a UV inhibitor into the faux wood composite so that the entire shutter will still look nice for life.  They are even easy to clean -- only use a duster for routine work, and a wet cloth for stubborn dirt.

Our Polywood shutters are also made to be one the most energy-efficient window treatmentson the market.  In fact, Polywood shutters are made to be 70% more energy-efficient than regular wood, and 1600% more energy-efficient than aluminum blinds. And these plantation shutters include a lifetime warranty.  Those are combined features no other shutter company offers.

  • Benefits:

    Lifetime warranty against warping, cracking or yellowing; most energy-efficient plantation shutter available; looks great in any style and decor.

  • Drawbacks:

    Higher cost than hollow vinyl shutters -- but worth it!

Contact Sunburst Shutters Cleveland Today To Install Long-Lasting, Beautiful Polywood Plantation Shutters

When comparing the pros and cons of the different faux wood plantation shutters, it's plain to determine that Polywood is number one. Our Sunburst Shutters Cleveland reps will be happy to show you the benefits of our Polywood shutters, and how they can help any room in your house. To schedule a free in-home consultation, call 440-561-6787 or fill out the form below today!