Different Faux Wood Plantation Shutters In Southern California

Kimball Jones

While there are many faux wood plantation shutters available in Southern California, they don’t have the same quality.  While some faux wood shutters will last virtually forever without chipping, warping, or fading, other faux wood coverings will start to break down in just a short amount of time.

It may be tough to tell the different faux wood plantation shutters apart.  But once you know about the different types of faux wood, it will be easier to tell which interior shutter will always look great.

The following list examines the different kinds of faux wood shutters in Southern California and rates them from the least ideal to the most durable and stylish:

Vinyl Shutters:

Some window treatments that use vinyl are mislabeled as a faux wood product.  But don’t fall for it, vinyl should not be considered faux wood. Vinyl’s plastic look and slick coating is hard to integrate into a decor style, unlike some other faux wood or basswood shutters.  Vinyl may be one of the cheapest plantation shutter products around, but you get what you pay for.

Vinyl can also be easily affected by heat. It’s not uncommon to see vinyl plantation shutters melt or yellow due to extensive exposure to the sun. Since these window treatments warp, yellow, and have poor insular qualities, vinyl shutters don’t grant much energy-efficiency to your windows -- especially if the louvers are hollow.

Different Faux wood plantation shutters in Southern California
  • Benefits:

    Lowest cost of the non-wood plantation shutters.

  • Drawbacks:

    Appears plastic; thin materials; hollow louvers; minimal energy efficiency; will often warp, splinter or discolor.

Synthetic Wrapped Product:

A step up from vinyl shutters are wrapped plantation shutters.  These treatments are made of pressed wood, wood chip materials, or glued MDF, and then covered with a synthetic, vinyl, or plastic coating. The shutters feel more substantial and can seem much more like a real wood plantation shutter than their hollow louvered counterparts.

Unfortunately, synthetic wrapped shutters have many drawbacks. The pressed grain under the covering can be extremely permeable, leaving the window treatment exposed to humidity and moisture. It’s a common occurance to see a warped or cracked louver or find that the synthetic wrapping has chipped or peeled away.  Also, wrapped shutters won’t be custom-fitted for odd shaped windows like arches or circles.

  • Benefits:

    Thicker than vinyl shutters; may resemble real wood.

  • Drawbacks:

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

Solid Extruded Faux Wood Shutters:

Plantation shutters created from solid extruded synthetic materials give you more durability than all of the other faux wood plantation shutters.  As the synthetic fibers permeate throughout the product, they create more substantial, solid louvers that are more resistant warping.  You will also see that they generally last longer and will perform much more like basswood plantation shutters. Solid extruded faux wood shutters are also able to be custom-fitted to fit any window shape and size -- even arches.

But a solid extruded shutter is only as well-made as its synthetic recipe.  Some mixtures create a brittle shutter, which can be split by nails or screws during installation. If the faux wood doesn’t include a UV inhibitor, then your plantation shutter will fade and yellow when exposed to sunlight. Some companies need to paint their products, which also leads to chipping and yellowing over time.

  • Benefits:

    More substantial treatment that is most comparable to a hardwood plantation shutter. 

  • Drawbacks:

    Quality depends on the formulation of the faux wood composite.

Polywood® Shutters Are The Most Durable Composite Faux Wood Shutters

Different Faux wood plantation shutters in Southern California

Polywood plantation shutters are comprised from an extremely durable extruded faux wood formula that will never crack, warp, or yellow.  Its patented formula gives it a feel like real wood, but with a density that resists moisture. We include a UV inhibitor with the faux wood mixture so that the plantation shutter will always stay looking like new for life.  They are even simple to clean -- you only need a duster for routine work, and a wet cloth for stains.

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

  • Benefits:

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

  • Drawbacks:

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

Call Sunburst Shutters Southern CA Today To Install Long-Lasting, Charming Polywood Shutters

When comparing the pros and cons of the available faux wood plantation shutters, you can easily tell that Polywood is the most durable and stylish faux wood. Our Sunburst Shutters Southern CA representatives will show you the advantages of our Polywood shutters, and how they will enhance any window in the house. To schedule a free in-home consultation, call 888-611-2474 or complete the form below today!