Quality Faux Wood Shutters vs Substandard Faux Wood Shutters in Orlando

Todd Hansen

There are many faux wood window treatments on the market, but how do you tell the difference between quality faux wood shutters, like our Polywood® shutters, that will hold up over years and faux wood shutters that look ratty [[over time|as time goes on]39?

The trick is to pay attention to the faux wood shutter’s structure and details such as its sturdiness, finish, and energy efficiency potential.

Faux Wood Plantation Shutters in Orlando 

Quality faux wood doesn’t splinter, crack, chip or warp

Any type of faux wood shutters look great when first put up.  However, shutters that are crafted with shoddy materials such as paltry composites, vinyl-wrapped particleboards, or porous louvers can start to warp, snap, splinter, or yellow.  Cheap faux wood shutters definitely won’t hold up in heavily used rooms or in climates that have high heat, cold, or moisture.  

Well-made faux wood, like Polywood, is created from extruded compounds that is made so it won’t bend, fade or fall apart.  Its rigid design allows shutters to prevent bowing, splintering, cracking, and chipping, especially in humid or varying-temperature spaces.  And while it’s hard to tell if a faux wood is durable at first, you should always look at the warranty.  Sellers that offer a lifetime guarantee stand behind their shutters because they only use the best materials.

Polywood Shutters in Family Room in Orlando 

Good faux wood doesn’t stain

Dusting will be the same for all types of faux wood shutters.  However, detailed cleaning has tougher problems. Vinyl and comparable materials will absorb some moisture when wiped down with a damp rag.  Substandard faux wood shutters may have surfaces that can trap dirt and stains so that they are almost impossible to keep clean.

Manufacturers that produce quality window treatments understand that faux wood should be cleaning friendly.  For example, Polywood has a finish that is easy to wipe down quickly, which makes your shutters appear just as clean as they did when they were installed.  Good faux wood is completely moisture resistant, so no matter what gets on the shutter, it will come off with a damp rag or spray cleaner.

Good faux wood is energy efficient

As you lower your quality faux wood shutters, you should feel a remarkable change in air flow and heat loss.  The non-hollow louvers and compressed materials will help block outside sun that makes the room toasty and air transfer that can freeze you out.  The top faux wood plantation shutters, like Polywood shutters, will go even further to bolster their energy efficiency by adding in UV inhibitors and weather stripping.

Plantation shutters made with an inferior composite doesn’t offer the same energy benefits.  Those using second-rate composites or hollow louvers will still let the outside air flow in freely. After a few years, low quality shutters can start to sag and permanently separate the louvers.  To see if you bought a subpar faux wood is to look at its R-rating. The higher the number, the more energy efficient the shutter.

Polywood Shutters in Orlando Bathroom 

Contact your Orlando shutters rep and choose a great faux wood plantation shutter

Choosing a quality faux wood shutter can sometimes seem like an impossible task.  However, our Sunburst representatives will be happy to bring you all our faux wood options, so you can select the perfect window treatment for your space.  To set up a no-cost in-home consultation, call 407-630-7011 today.