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What Makes a Faux Wood Shutter?

December 18, 2017

“Faux wood” is a phrase that gets thrown around with regards to interior design, from furniture to floors to window coverings. Really, it just means “not wood, but looks like it.” Other than that, you might not know what you’re dealing with. So if you’re searching for faux wood shutters, faux wood blinds, or any other kind of faux wood window treatment in Cleveland, what is it that you’re actually buying for your home?

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Sunburst Shutters Cleveland is here to help you separate the quality faux wood shutters from the less great ones. This is what you need to know.

Faux Wood Quality Ranges From Excellent To Shoddy

Faux wood is usually sold as a more inexpensive version of hardwood, but a good amount of faux wood products would be better described as a “cheap” version of hardwood. Most faux wood on the market is really just composite wood, which is a mix of wood fiber or wood chips, plastic, and adhesive, sometimes coated in vinyl. Almost all of these sort of engineered materials aren’t resilient, aren’t able to block noise or energy loss, and will almost always fade and yellow after repeated exposure to the sun.

What’s worse, many faux wood shutters are made from, making it even weaker structurally, prone to chipping or breaking, and poor insulators.

Though you might think you’re staying under budget by choosing faux wood window treatments, are you actually benefiting from shutters you’ll probably need to replace after just two years? Do you benefit much from a window treatment that doesn’t help keep your house more comfortable or your utility bills lower?

Luckily, not all faux wood shutters are made equal.

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What To Look For In a Great Faux Wood Shutter

There are 3 qualities you should look for in a high quality faux wood shutter:

  • Durable, waterproof material

  • No vinyl material around a wood pulp base

  • An extended warranty

Sunburst’s Polywood® plantation shutters were invented to succeed where the majority of faux wood fails. Unlike cheaply made shutters made of wood pulp and vinyl, Polywood shutters are constructed from our trademarked Polywood extruded material, built to weather the most extreme elements and take punishment that other shutters aren’t able to.

Polywood shutters are also totally solid, making them not only more durable and immune to cracking or chipping, but also better insulators to keep your space nice and cozy.

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And unlike most faux wood products on the market, Polywood shutters are backed by a comprehensive Lifetime Warranty.

Some manufacturers may try to market their product as some sort of “poly” compound, but remember that there’s only one Polywood®.

Get Cleveland’s Best Faux Wood Shutters

If you’re ready to graduate from hardware store faux wood shutters that don’t meet your needs, get in touch with Sunburst Cleveland today. Set up a design consultation using the form below or call us at 440-561-6787.