Pros and Cons of Faux Wood Plantation Shutters In Southern California

Kimball Jones

Custom-made faux wood window treatments may appear like a good option, but it can be tough to make a change without looking at all sides of the issue. So, what are the pros and cons of faux wood plantation shutters in Southern California?


Pro: Faux Wood Plantation Shutters Work Well With Many Types of Decor

Airy sunroom with interior shutters in Southern California.
Plantation shutters feature louvers that move up and down with either a hidden or center tilt rod. People have used plantation shutters for ages to control light and airflow. Shutters have been incorporated into almost every type of design, from minimalistic to traditional designs. Their functionality, clean lines, and design neutrality assist you in changing your house from a dated style to one that works better for your current needs.


The capability of shutters to work with any design style is particularly evident when they’re made from faux wood. Unlike other treatments, like aluminum blinds, that will become discolored and cracked with age, faux wood shutters are guaranteed to last a lifetime. So when you update your house and redo furniture, flooring, paint, and lighting fixtures, you won’t have to add in the extra expense of new window treatments.

When considering the pros and cons of faux wood plantation shutters in Southern California, you should definitely add flexibility to the “pro” column.


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

When comparing custom-crafted faux wood interior shutters to other window treatments — particularly those from the big name home improvement stores — you’ll likely see that shutters cost a little bit more. Right off the bat, you might view that as a con.


But you should know that quality plantation shutters, like our Polywood® shutters, are more expensive because they offer more value. Our faux wood shutters are so durable they will last a lifetime. They are guaranteed to resist moisture, pests, and fire, and will never be warped or discolored. In fact, Polywood shutters have a lifetime warranty on craftsmanship — a guarantee you won’t get on cheaper blinds or shades.

Included in the cost of our Polywood shutters, you also receive a layer of energy efficiency that is unique to the treatment. Just lower the shutter louvers and you’ll stop the heat loss that naturally takes place with your windows. This keeps the temperature more comfortable 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 can be sure to get the highest degree of energy efficiency.


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

Cozy living room with 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. Our shutters will never have any defects in materials, workmanship, paint finish, or installation, and they’re backed by a lifetime warranty. We ensure your faux wood plantation shutters will be just as beautiful and efficient as they were when first installed on your windows.

Compare that to other treatments, and you start to have a new understanding of the workmanship of quality faux wood plantation shutters. Other treatments will start to show their age by losing slats or become difficult to clean after a few years. But Polywood shutters will always look wonderful until you choose to uninstall them.


Con: It Can Take 3-6 Weeks To Make Your Shutters

 Interior shutters in Southern California bedroom.  
One advantage of getting a DIY window treatment from a home improvement store is that you can toss it up right after you buy it. faux wood shutters, however, are usually custom-fitted and can take several weeks of waiting from the time your windows are measured to the time they are installed. That timeframe may not work if you’re attempting to just fling something up to cover your naked windows.

But having your shutters custom-fitted is worth the wait. Even if your house is newly built, your window may not be 100% square. Therefore, a DIY treatment won’t line up perfectly, and those gaps and slight imperfections may be evident. A custom-made shutter will be made to the exact dimensions and will fit perfectly in the window frame, meaning your windows treatments will be the height of style, function, and energy efficiency. Also, the custom-fitted route is the only way to go for your specialty windows.


Pro: Polywood Shutters Are Energy Efficient  

One benefit of plantation shutters is that they help stop airflow and prevent heat loss. This keeps your home comfortable and your energy bills low and sets plantation shutters apart from blinds and shades. Faux wood shutters are even better because of the rigid, non-porous composite materials. 

At the height of energy efficiency are our Polywood shutters. They add an additional layer of weather stripping that ensures your louvers close tightly to stop unwanted heat loss. As a result, our Polywood shutters are 70% more efficient than even hardwood plantation 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 visit with samples of our popular Polywood plantation shutters, and you can see for yourself how they will enhance your windows for decades to come. Call 888-611-2474 to set up your in-home consultation.