There are plenty faux wood plantation 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 will need to be removed within a few years?
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 shutters appear pretty when first hung. But shutters that are composed of shoddy materials such as second-rate composites, vinyl-wrapped particleboards, or flimsy louvers can start to warp, snap, splinter, or fade. You won’t want cheap faux wood shutters in high-traffic rooms or in climates that have extreme heat, cold, or moisture.
High-quality faux wood, like Polywood, is constructed from extruded compounds that don’t warp, yellow or break. The solid louvers allows shutters to prevent bowing, splintering, cracking, and chipping, even in humid or extreme temperature rooms. And while it’s difficult to see if a faux wood is high-quality at first, you should always inspect the warranty. Companies that offer a lifetime guarantee stand behind their shutters because they only use the highest quality of materials.
Quality faux wood wipes down easily
Easy dusting is the same for every faux wood shutters. However, deep cleaning comes with tougher problems. Vinyl and other substandard 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 harder to keep clean.
Companies that produce quality plantation shutters make sure that faux wood should be simple to wipe down. For example, Polywood has a finish that is simple 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 no matter what gets on the shutter, it will come clean with a wet cloth or spray cleaner.
Good 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 solid louvers and impenetrable materials will help close out UV rays 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.
Plantation shutters crafted with a low quality material won’t give you similar energy efficiency 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 to look at its R-rating. The higher the number, the better the shutter is at energy efficiency.
Call a Cleveland Sunburst rep and pick 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 options, so you can choose the right quality faux wood shutter for your windows. To schedule a complimentary in-home consultation, call 440-561-6787 today.