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What are Faux Wood Shutters?

December 18, 2017

“Faux wood” is a term that gets thrown around when talking about home design, from siding to flooring to window treatments. Technically, it just means “not wood, but looks like it.” Other than that, you might not have any idea what you have. So if you’re searching for faux wood shutters, faux wood blinds, or any other kind of faux wood window treatment in Southern California, what are you actually using in your house?

Southern California faux wood shutters

Sunburst Shutters Southern CA will help you discern the quality faux wood shutters from the less great shutters. This is what you should know.

Faux Wood Quality Ranges From Great To Rubbish

Faux wood is typically advertised as a less expensive version of hardwood, but a large number of faux wood products would be better described as a “cheap” version of hardwood. The vast majority of faux wood is actually just composite wood, which is a combination of wood fiber, plastic, and glue, sometimes coated in vinyl. Almost all of these sort of composite materials aren’t durable, can’t really block sound or heat loss, and will usually fade and lose their color after prolonged UV exposure.

Even worse, some faux wood shutters are hollowed out material, making it even weaker structurally, prone to defects, and poor insulators.

So while you might think you’re staying under budget by choosing faux wood window treatments, are you actually benefiting from shutters you’ll probably need to replace in a few years? Do you benefit much from shutters that don’t help make your home more cozy or your utility bills lower?

Luckily, not all faux wood shutters are made equal.

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What To Look For In a High Quality Faux Wood Shutter

There are 3 qualities you should look for in a high quality faux wood shutter:

  • Resilient, moisture-proof material

  • No wrapped material around a wood pulp base

  • An extended or lifetime warranty

Sunburst’s Polywood® plantation shutters were invented to succeed where traditional faux wood fails. Unlike cheaply constructed shutters made of wood chips and glue, Polywood shutters are constructed from our patented Polywood extruded material, built to weather the harshest elements and stand up to punishment that would make other shutters break down.

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 house at a comfortable temperature.

Plantation shutters in Southern California bedroom.

And unlike the majority of faux wood products on the market, Polywood shutters are backed by an extensive Lifetime Warranty.

Some window treatment shops may try to market their product as a similar “poly” material, but remember that there’s only one Polywood®.

Get Southern California’s Best Faux Wood Shutters

If you’re ready to move on from low-quality faux wood shutters that don’t meet your needs, contact Sunburst Southern California today. Get a no-strings-attached consultation by filling out the form below or call us at 888-611-2474.