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Pros and Cons of Faux Wood Plantation Shutters In Southern California

January 14, 2020

Custom-fitted faux wood window treatments may look appealing, but it’s sometimes tough to make a change without considering all sides of the issue. What are the pros and cons of faux wood plantation shutters in Southern California?

Pro: Faux Wood Plantation Shutters Complement Multiple Design Schemes

Traditional sunroom with faux wood shutters in Southern California.

Plantation shutters feature louvers that move up and down with a tilt rod. People have used these types of shutters for decades to control light and airflow. They have been used in almost every design trend, from modern to eclectic design styles. Their practicality, streamlined look, and design neutrality assist you in changing your home from a dated style to one that works better for your current needs.

The capability of shutters to conform to any design scheme is particularly evident when they’re crafted from faux wood. Unlike aluminum blinds that will yellow and crack as they age, faux wood shutters are guaranteed to last a lifetime. So when you update your rooms and change out all your other design elements, you won’t have to budget for the extra expense of window treatments.

When considering the pros and cons of faux wood plantation shutters in Southern California, you should definitely chalk up flexibility as a “pro.”

Con: Faux Wood Plantation Shutters Cost Slightly More Than Other Window Treatments

When comparing custom-crafted faux wood plantation shutters to blinds and shades — particularly those from chain home improvement stores — you’ll likely notice that shutters are slightly more expensive. Right off the bat, you might be inclined to count that as a con.

However, quality faux wood plantation shutters, like our Polywood® shutters, cost more because you get so much more out of them. Our faux wood plantation shutters are so durable they will last a lifetime. They are guaranteed to be moisture-, pest-, and fire-resistant, and will never become warped, cracked, or yellowed. As a matter of fact, Polywood shutters have a lifetime warranty on craftsmanship — a guarantee you won’t get on cheaper blinds or shades.

Along with the cost of our plantation shutters, you also purchase a layer of energy efficiency that is unique to them. Just close the shutter louvers and you’ll block the heat loss that naturally takes place with your windows. This maintains a constant temperature in your home and may even help lower your utility bills. Our shutters take it one step further with an added layer of weather stripping, so you know you’re getting the highest degree of energy efficiency.

Pro: Faux Wood Plantation Shutters Are Guaranteed To Last A Lifetime

Cozy living room with our Polywood shutters in Southern California.

There’s an excellent reason that our faux wood Polywood shutters are known as one of the most durable shutters on the market. We guarantee that our shutters will never have any defects in materials, workmanship, paint finish, or installation, and stand behind them with a lifetime warranty. Your Polywood shutters will be as attractive and energy efficient as they were when first installed.

Compare that to other window treatments, and you’ll discover a new appreciation of the craftsmanship of premium faux wood plantation shutters. Other treatments will lose slats or become dingy and discolored after a while. But Polywood plantation shutters will always look beautiful until you choose to take them down.

Con: It Can Take 3-6 Weeks To Make Your Shutters  
Plantation shutters in Southern California bedroom.

One of the benefits of buying a set of DIY shades from a big-box store is that you can put it up the same day you buy it. Polywood shutters, however, are usually custom-crafted and can take 3-6 weeks of waiting from the time your windows are measured to the time they are installed. That wait may not be convenient if you’re attempting to just fling something up to cover your naked windows.

But having a window treatment custom-made is worth the negligible wait. Even if your house is newly built, your window may not be 100% square. Therefore, a DIY blind or shade won’t line up properly, and slight imperfections may stand out. A custom-crafted plantation shutter will be crafted to the exact dimensions and will fit snugly to frame, meaning your windows treatments will be the height of style, function, and energy efficiency. Also, the custom-made method is the only way to go for your specialty shaped windows.

Pro: Polywood Shutters Are Efficient  

One advantage of plantation shutters is that they help block airflow and mitigate heat loss. This keeps your home’s temperature constant and your utility bills down and sets plantation shutters apart from blinds and shades. Faux wood plantation shutters are a step up because of the rigid, non-porous composite materials. 

Our Polywood shutters are at the height of energy efficiency. They add an additional layer of weather stripping that ensures your louvers close tightly to stop heat loss. The result is a window treatment that’s 70% more efficient than hardwood shutters and over 1200% more efficient than aluminum blinds. 

Sunburst Is Your Preferred Source For Premium Faux Wood Plantation Shutters 

Now that you know the pros and cons of faux wood plantation shutters, the next step is to reach out to Sunburst Shutters Southern CA. We’ll bring you samples of our popular Polywood plantation shutters, and you can see for yourself how they will improve your windows for decades to come. Give us a call at 888-611-2474 to set up your in-home consultation.