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What are Faux Wood Shutters?

December 18, 2017

“Faux wood” is a term that gets used a lot with just about any type of household decor, from siding to floors to window treatments. Really, it just means “not wood, but looks like it.” Aside from that, you may not have any idea what you have. So if you’re looking for faux wood shutters, faux wood blinds, or any other kind of faux wood window treatment in San Diego, what are you really buying for your house?

San Diego faux wood shutters

Sunburst Shutters San Diego will help you discern the quality faux wood shutters from the not-so-quality shutters. Here’s what you need to know.

Faux Wood Quality Ranges From Great To Rubbish

Faux wood is almost always presented as a more affordable version of hardwood, but a large number of faux wood products would be better described as a “cheap” version of hardwood. Most faux wood on the market is really just engineered particle board, which is a combination of wood chips, plastic, and glue, occasionally coated in vinyl. Almost all of these types of engineered materials aren’t long-lasting, can’t really block sound or energy loss, and will almost always fade and lose their color after prolonged UV exposure.

What’s worse, many faux wood shutters are made from, making them weaker, prone to chips and cracks, and poor insulators.

So while you may think you’re helping your bottom line when you choose faux wood window treatments, are you actually benefiting from shutters you’ll likely need to replace in a few years? Do you benefit much from shutters that don’t help keep your house more cozy or your energy bills lower?

Fortunately, not every faux wood shutter is made the same.

living room San Diego faux wood shutters 

What To Look For In a High Quality Faux Wood Shutter

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

  • Sturdy, moisture-proof material

  • No vinyl material around a wood chip base

  • A lifetime warranty

Sunburst’s Polywood® plantation shutters were designed to succeed where traditional faux wood falls short. Unlike cheaply built shutters made of wood pulp and vinyl, Polywood shutters are constructed from our exclusive Polywood extruded material, built to withstand the most extreme elements and take punishment that would make other shutters shatter.

In addition, Polywood is totally solid, so they’re not only sturdier and less susceptible to cracking or chipping, but also offer more energy efficiency keep your space nice and cozy.

Plantation shutters in San Diego bedroom.

And unlike the majority of faux wood shutter products, Polywood shutters come with a comprehensive Lifetime Warranty.

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

Get San Diego’s Best Faux Wood Shutters

If you want to move on from off-the-shelf faux wood shutters that don’t deliver, contact Sunburst San Diego today. Schedule a no-strings-attached consultation by filling out the form below or call us at 760-405-8887.