Different Faux Wood Plantation Shutters In Orlando

Todd Hansen

While there are plenty of faux wood plantation shutters available in Orlando, they all won’t age the same.  While some faux wood shutters will last forever without splitting, warping, or fading, other faux wood coverings will begin to wear down in just a short amount of time.

It may be difficult to determine what’s best about the different faux wood plantation shutters.  But after you learn about the different varieties of faux wood, it will be easier to see which interior shutter will stand the test of time.

The following list examines the different kinds of faux wood shutters in Orlando and orders them from the least ideal to the most best:

Vinyl Shutters:

Some shutter products that use vinyl disguise themselves as faux wood.  But don’t be deceived, vinyl is not faux wood. Vinyl’s plastic look and slick coating is hard to match to a decor style, unlike some other faux wood or real wood shutters.  They may be one of the most inexpensive plantation shutter products available, but that’s because they are flimsy and ineffective.

Vinyl can also be easily affected by heat. It’s not abnormal to see vinyl window treatments melt or fade due to extensive exposure to the sun. Because of their tendency of warping or splitting and their poor insular characteristics, vinyl shutters do not provide much energy-efficiency to your windows -- especially if the shutter uses hollow shutters.

Different Faux wood plantation shutters in Orlando
  • Benefits:

    Least expensive of the non-wood plantation shutters.

  • Drawbacks:

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

Synthetic Wrapped Product:

A step up from vinyl shutters are synthetic plantation shutters.  These coverings are constructed from pressed wood, wood chip components, or glued MDF, and then covered with a synthetic, vinyl, or plastic coating. The window treatments have more weight and can seem much more like a real wood plantation shutter than their less durable alternatives.

Unfortunately, synthetic wrapped shutters have plenty of cons. The pressed material under the wrapping can be extremely porous, leaving the treatment to be exposed to humidity and moisture. It’s commonplace to find a warped or splintered louver or learn that the vinyl wrapping has split or peeled away.  Also, wrapped shutters aren’t custom-fitted for odd shaped windows like arches or octagons.

  • Benefits:

    More substantial than vinyl shutters; might resemble real wood.

  • Drawbacks:

    Not suitable for high humidity or high moisture areas. Will take in moisture and humidity. Aren't moisture resistant; outer layer can chip away; warps or splinters easily; no custom shapes.

Solid Extruded Faux Wood Shutters:

Plantation shutters constructed from solid extruded faux wood give you more durability than most of the other faux wood plantation shutters.  As the synthetic material infuse themselves throughout the product, they have durable, solid louvers that are more resistant warping.  You will also see that these treatments are more durable and will perform much more like real wood shutters. Solid extruded faux wood shutters are also able to be custom-made to fit every window shape and size -- even semi-circles.

But a solid extruded shutter is only as well-made as its synthetic formula.  Some recipes create a fragile treatment, which can be broken by nails or screws during installation. If the faux wood composite doesn’t have a UV inhibitor, then the shutter will fade and yellow when exposed to sunlight. Some manufacturers paint their shutters, which also leads to chipping and yellowing over time.

  • Benefits:

    More durable treatment that compares favorably to a hardwood plantation shutter. 

  • Drawbacks:

    Quality depends on the mixture of the faux wood composite.

The Most Popular Composite Faux Wood Shutter Is A Polywood® Shutter

Different Faux wood plantation shutters in Orlando

Polywood plantation shutters are made from an extremely durable extruded faux wood compound that will never yellow, chip, or splinter.  Its proprietary formula is like real wood, but with a material that repels moisture. We include a UV inhibitor into the faux wood mixture so that the entire shutter will always stay looking like new for life.  They are even easy to clean -- you only need a duster for normal work, and a damp rag for deeper cleaning.

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

  • Benefits:

    Lifetime warranty against splintering, fading, and warping; most energy-efficient window covering on the market; looks nice in any style.

  • Drawbacks:

    More expensive than ineffective vinyl plantation shutters -- but worth it!

Contact Sunburst Shutters Orlando Today To Install Long-Lasting, Charming Polywood Plantation Shutters

When looking at the benefits and drawbacks of the different faux wood plantation shutters, it's simple to see that Polywood is number one. Our Sunburst Shutters Orlando experts will be happy to show you the advantages of our Polywood plantation shutters, and how they will enhance any window in your house. To book a no cost in-home consultation, call 407-630-7011 or send in the form below today!