Quality Faux Wood Shutters vs Inferior Faux Wood Shutters in Cleveland05/06/2019Nate Gromen There are plenty faux wood shutters out there, but what’s the difference between good faux wood shutters, like our Polywood® shutters, that will hold up over decades and faux wood shutters that seem to break in just a short amount of time? Just look at the faux wood shutter’s structure and specifics such as its durability, finish, and energy efficiency capabilities. Quality faux wood will never splinter, crack, chip or warp Most faux wood plantation shutters appear great when first hung. But shutters that are made with shoddy materials such as second-rate composites, vinyl-wrapped particleboards, or flimsy louvers can start to bow, snap, splinter, or fade. You won’t want inferior faux wood shutters in heavily used rooms or in areas that have high heat, cold, or moisture. Quality faux wood, like Polywood, is constructed from extruded compounds that don’t warp, discolor or break. The solid louvers allows shutters to withstand bowing, splintering, cracking, and chipping, even in humid or extreme temperature rooms. And while it can be hard to tell if a faux wood is high-quality at first, you should always check the warranty. Sellers that offer a lifetime guarantee stand behind their products because they only use the best materials. Quality faux wood wipes down easily Easy dusting is the same for all types of faux wood shutters. However, deep cleaning has tougher issues. Vinyl and comparable materials will take in some moisture when wiped down with a wet rag. Substandard faux wood shutters also have coatings that can trap dust and dirt so that they are more difficult to keep clean. Companies that produce quality shutters make sure that faux wood should be easy to clean. For example, Polywood has a finish that is easy to wipe down quickly, and then your shutters seem just as nice as they did on day one. Good faux wood is completely water resistant, so if anything gets on the shutter, it will come clean with a wet cloth or liquid cleaner. Quality faux wood is energy efficient When you close your quality faux wood shutters, you should notice a quantifiable difference in air flow and heat transfer. The thick louvers and dense materials will help close out outside sun that increases the temperature and heat loss that can make a room chilly. The best faux wood window treatments, like Polywood shutters, will even go further in ensuring energy efficiency by adding in UV inhibitors and weather stripping. Window treatments crafted with a low quality material won’t give you similar energy-saving benefits. Those using second-rate materials or hollow louvers will still let the outside air flow in freely. After a few years, low quality shutters can begin to sag and leave gaps between the louvers. To see if you are using a cheaper faux wood is by its R-rating. The higher the number, the better the shutter is at energy efficiency. Call a Cleveland Sunburst rep and choose a great faux wood plantation shutter Finding a good faux wood plantation shutter can sometimes feel like an impossible task. Good thing our Sunburst representatives will bring you all our faux wood shutters, so you can choose the right quality faux wood shutter for your space. To schedule a complimentary in-home consultation, call 440-561-6787 today.