There are plenty faux wood plantation shutters available, but is there a difference between high-end faux wood shutters, like our Polywood® shutters, that will hold up over years and faux wood shutters that will wear out in within a few years?
You need to examine the faux wood shutter’s structure and specifics such as its sturdiness, finish, and energy efficiency potential.
Good faux wood won’t splinter, crack, chip or warp
Any type of faux wood plantation shutters appear great when first hung. But shutters that are made with inferior materials such as cheap composites, vinyl-wrapped particleboards, or porous louvers may sag, snap, splinter, or yellow. You won’t want low-quality faux wood shutters in heavily used spaces or in climates that have extreme heat, cold, or dampness.
High-quality faux wood, like Polywood, is constructed from solid compounds that won’t disfigure, discolor or break. Its synthetic structure allows shutters to withstand bowing, splintering, cracking, and chipping, especially in humid or varying-temperature rooms. Checking the warranty should be the easiest way to see the durability of a faux wood shutter. Businesses that give a lifetime guarantee have faith in their window treatments because they only use the most durable materials.
Good faux wood is easy to clean
Easy dusting will be similar for every faux wood window treatments. However, in-depth cleaning has another set of troubles. Vinyl and other cheap materials will take in some liquid when wiped down with spray cleaner. Substandard faux wood shutters have finishes that can trap dirt and stains so that they are more difficult to keep clean.
Companies that make quality shutters understand that faux wood should be easy to clean. For example, Polywood uses a finish that is simple to wipe down quickly, which makes your shutters look spotless. Good faux wood should be completely moisture resistant, so no matter what gets on the shutter, it can wipe off with a wet cloth or spray cleaner.
High quality faux wood is energy efficient
As you close your high-quality faux wood shutters, you should feel a definite change in air flow and heat transfer. The non-hollow louvers and compressed composites will help stop UV rays that increases the temperature and air transfer that can make a room chilly. Top graded faux wood window treatments, like Polywood shutters, will go even further in ensuring energy efficiency through UV inhibitors and weather stripping.
Window treatments made with an inferior material will not offer the same energy-saving benefits. Shutters with second-rate composites or hollow louvers will still let the outside air flow in freely. As time goes on, low quality shutters can begin to warp and permanently separate the louvers. The key to seeing if you purchased a shoddy faux wood is by finding its R-rating. The higher the number, the better the shutter blocks UV rays.
Call a San Diego Sunburst rep and get a great faux wood plantation shutter
Choosing a quality faux wood plantation shutter can sometimes seem like an impossible task. Good thing our Sunburst representatives can show you all our faux wood lines, so you can choose the right quality faux wood shutter for your space. To book a complimentary in-home consultation, call 760-405-8887 today.