There are plenty faux wood shutters available, but is there a difference between high-end faux wood shutters, like our Polywood® shutters, that will hold up over decades and faux wood shutters that look ratty [[over time|as time goes on]39?
You need to pay attention to the faux wood shutter’s construction and technicalities such as its durability, finish, and energy efficiency potential.
Quality faux wood will never splinter, crack, chip or warp
Most window treatments look attractive when first installed. But over time, shutters that are made with inferior materials such as cheap composites, vinyl-wrapped particleboards, or hollow louvers may warp, crack, splinter, or fade. You definitely don’t want low-quality faux wood shutters in heavily used rooms or in climates that have high heat, cold, or dampness.
Well-made faux wood, like Polywood, is made from extruded compounds that don’t warp, discolor or break. Its synthetic structure allows shutters to defy bowing, splintering, cracking, and chipping, even in high-moisture or varying-temperature spaces. If you want to see if a faux wood plantation shutter makes the grade or not, just inspect the warranty. Businesses that give a lifetime guarantee have faith in their products because they only use the best materials.
Good faux wood wipes down easily
Everyday maintenance is similar for every faux wood shutters. However, detailed cleaning has another set of issues. Vinyl and other cheap materials will soak up some liquid when scrubbed with spray cleaner. Substandard faux wood shutters have finishes that can trap dirt and stains so that they are almost impossible to clean.
Companies that sell quality shutters understand that faux wood should be simple to wipe down. For example, Polywood has a finish that is easy to wipe down quickly, and then your shutters appear like they were installed yesterday. Good faux wood should be completely moisture resistant, so if anything gets on the shutter, it should come off with a little water or liquid cleaner.
Good faux wood is energy efficient
When you lower your high-quality faux wood shutters, you should notice a remarkable change in air flow and heat transfer. The solid louvers and impenetrable materials will help stop UV rays that increases the temperature and drafts that can freeze you out. Top graded faux wood window treatments, like Polywood shutters, will go even further in ensuring energy efficiency through UV inhibitors and weather stripping.
Shutters crafted with a subpar composite won’t give you the same energy benefits. Those using cheap composites or hollow louvers will still let the outside air flow in freely. As time goes on, substandard shutters can begin to bow and leave gaps between the louvers. To see if you are using a subpar faux wood is by its R-rating. The larger the number, the better the shutter is at energy efficiency.
Call a Southern California Sunburst rep and get a quality faux wood treatment
Finding a good faux wood shutter can sometimes seem like a struggle. However, our Sunburst representatives will be happy to show you all our faux wood shutters, so you can choose the right quality faux wood shutter for your space. To set up a no-cost in-home consultation, call 888-611-2474 today.