There are many faux wood window treatments on the market, but is there a difference between quality faux wood shutters, like our Polywood® shutters, that will last for years and faux wood shutters that will need to be removed within a short amount of time?
You need to look at the faux wood shutter’s structure and technicalities such as its sturdiness, finish, and energy efficiency potential.
Quality faux wood doesn’t splinter, crack, chip or warp
Most faux wood shutters seem pretty 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 bow, snap, splinter, or fade. You definitely don’t want cheap faux wood shutters in heavily used rooms or in areas that have high heat, cold, or humidity.
Well-made faux wood, like Polywood, is created from extruded compounds that is made so it won’t warp, fade or degrade. Its rigid design allows shutters to withstand bowing, splintering, cracking, and chipping, especially in high-moisture or varying-temperature spaces. If you have questions if a faux wood plantation shutter will be durable or not, just check the warranty. Companies that offer a lifetime guarantee stand behind their products because they only use the best materials.
Good faux wood is easy to clean
Everyday maintenance is pretty much the same for every faux wood shutters. However, detailed cleaning comes with different problems. Vinyl and other substandard materials will soak up some moisture when cleaned with a wet rag. Substandard faux wood shutters may have surfaces that can trap dust and grime so that they are almost impossible to keep clean.
Manufacturers that produce quality window treatments know that faux wood should be cleaning friendly. For example, Polywood has a finish that is easy to wipe down quickly, so that your shutters appear like they were just hung. Quality faux wood is completely moisture resistant, so if anything gets on the shutter, it can come off with a wet cloth or spray cleaner.
Good faux wood is energy efficient
As you lower your quality faux wood shutters, you should experience a remarkable change in air flow and heat loss. The non-hollow louvers and compressed materials will help block UV rays that makes the room toasty and drafts that can freeze you out. Top graded faux wood 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 a subpar composite will not give you the same energy benefits. Those using second-rate composites or hollow louvers will still promote heat loss. After a few years, low quality shutters can start to sag and permanently separate the louvers. To see if you bought a shoddy faux wood is by its R-rating. The higher the number, the better the shutter blocks UV rays.
Contact your Orlando shutters rep and pick a great faux wood plantation shutter
Finding a quality faux wood shutter can sometimes seem like an elusive mission. Luckily, our Sunburst representatives can bring you all our faux wood options, so you can select the perfect window treatment for your windows. To schedule a no-cost in-home consultation, call 407-630-7011 today.