What Makes Up a Faux Wood Shutter?

Todd Hansen

“Faux wood” is a phrase that gets used a lot with regards to interior design, from siding to floors to window treatments. Technically, all faux wood means is “not wood, but looks like it.” Other than that, you don’t really have any idea what you’re dealing with. So if you’re in the market for faux wood shutters, faux wood blinds, or any other sort of faux wood window treatment in Orlando, what are you really buying for your windows?

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Sunburst Shutters Orlando can help you separate the quality faux wood shutters from the not-so-quality ones. Here’s what you need to know.

Faux Wood Quality Can Vary From Excellent To Third-Rate

Faux wood is usually advertised as a less expensive version of hardwood, but a good amount of faux wood products are more like a “cheap” version of hardwood. The vast majority of faux wood is really just engineered particle board, which is a mix of wood chips, plastic, and glue, sometimes coated in vinyl. Almost all of these kinds of composite materials aren’t resilient, can’t really block noise or heat, and will most likely fade and discolor after repeated UV exposure.

What’s worse, some faux wood shutters are made from, making them weaker, prone to defects, and less energy efficient.

Though you may 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 shutters that don’t help make your home more cozy or your utility bills lower?

Lucky for homeowners, not every faux wood shutter is made the same.

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What To Look For In a Faux Wood Shutter

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

  • Solid, moisture-proof material

  • No wrapped material around a wood pulp base

  • A lifetime warranty

Sunburst’s Polywood® plantation shutters were designed to succeed where the majority of faux wood fails. Unlike cheaply constructed shutters made of wood pulp and adhesive, Polywood shutters are built from our exclusive Polywood extruded material, built to weather the most extreme elements and take punishment that would make other shutters shatter.

In addition, Polywood is 100% solid, making them not only more durable and immune to chips or cracks, but also offer more energy efficiency keep your space at a comfortable temperature.

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And unlike the majority of faux wood shutter products, Polywood shutters come with an extensive Lifetime Warranty.

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

Get Orlando’s Best Faux Wood Shutters

If you want to move on from low-quality faux wood shutters that don’t deliver, get in touch with Sunburst Orlando today. Set up a free in-home consultation using the form below or call us at 407-630-7011.