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What Makes Up a Faux Wood Shutter?

December 18, 2017

“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 resembles 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. Most faux wood on the market is really just composite wood, 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 it even weaker structurally, prone to chipping or breaking, and less effective at blocking heat loss through your windows.

Though you may think you’re helping your bottom line when you choose faux wood window treatments, are you actually benefiting from shutters you’ll probably need to replace after just two years? Are you getting much out of 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 usually 3 qualities you should look for in a faux wood shutter:

  • Resilient, moisture-proof material

  • No wrapped material around a wood pulp base

  • A lifetime warranty

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

In addition, Polywood is completely solid all the way through, 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 most 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.