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Different Faux Wood Plantation Shutters In San Antonio

March 02, 2020

While you can find plenty of faux wood plantation shutters on the market in San Antonio, they don’t have the same quality.  While some faux wood shutters will last virtually forever without warping, cracking, or yellowing, other faux wood shutters will start to break down in just a few year’s time.

It can be difficult to tell the different faux wood plantation shutters apart.  But after you learn about the different kinds of faux wood, it will be easy to tell which interior shutter will stand the test of time.

The following list examines the different kinds of faux wood shutters in San Antonio and orders them from the least ideal to the most best:

Vinyl Shutters:

Some plantation shutters that use vinyl disguise themselves as faux wood.  But make no mistake, vinyl should not be considered faux wood. Vinyl’s plastic look and slick coating can be difficult to integrate into a decor style, unlike other faux wood or hardwood shutters.  Vinyl may be one of the most inexpensive plantation shutter products available, but that’s because they can warp and fade.

Vinyl is also easily affected by heat. It’s not uncommon to see vinyl window treatments melt or yellow due to sunlight exposure. Since these covering warp, yellow, and have poor insular characteristic, vinyl shutters do not give much energy-efficiency to your home -- especially if you have hollow louvers.

Different Faux wood plantation shutters in San Antonio
  • Benefits:

    Cheapest of the non-wood plantation shutters.

  • Drawbacks:

    Looks plastic; frail materials; hollow louvers; low energy efficiency; can quickly warp, crack or fade.

Synthetic Wrapped Product:

A step up from vinyl shutters are wrapped plantation shutters.  These treatments are constructed from pressed wood, wood chip components, or glued MDF, and then bound with a synthetic, vinyl, or plastic coating. The window treatments have more weight and can look much more like a normal wood plantation shutter than their less durable counterparts.

Unfortunately, synthetic wrapped shutters have plenty of cons. The pressed material under the covering can be extremely absorsive, leaving the treatment to be vulnerable to humidity and moisture. It’s a common occurance to see a warped or cracked louver or discover that the synthetic wrapping has chipped or peeled away.  Also, wrapped shutters aren’t custom-fitted for odd shaped windows like arches or octagons.

  • Benefits:

    Heavier than vinyl shutters; may resemble real wood.

  • Drawbacks:

    Not great for high humidity or high moisture climates. Will absorb moisture and humidity. Aren't moisture resistant; synthetic wrap can chip away; warps or splinters easily; no custom shapes.

Solid Extruded Faux Wood Shutters:

Plantation shutters created from solid extruded faux wood give you more durability than any of the alternative non-wood plantation shutters.  Because the synthetic material saturate the window treatment, they form more substantial, solid louvers that are more protected from warping.  You will also discover that these treatments last longer on average and will act much more like real wood shutters. Solid extruded faux wood shutters are also able to be custom-fitted to fit any window shape and size -- even semi-circles.

But a solid extruded plantation shutter is only as durable as its faux wood formula.  Some formulas create a brittle treatment, which can be split during installation. If the faux wood composite doesn’t include a UV inhibitor, then your window treatments will fade and yellow when exposed to sunlight. Some manufacturers paint their shutters, which also leads to chipping and yellowing over time.

  • Benefits:

    More substantial shutter that is most comparable to a basswood plantation shutter. 

  • Drawbacks:

    Quality depends on the formulation of the faux wood composite.

And Then You Have Polywood® Plantation Shutters

Different Faux wood plantation shutters in San Antonio

Polywood plantation shutters are comprised from an very durable extruded faux wood mixture that will never yellow, chip, or splinter.  Its proprietary formula makes it seem like real wood, but with a composite that withstands moisture. We add a UV inhibitor with the faux wood formula so that the plantation shutter will still look like new for decades to come.  They are even simple to clean -- only use a duster for normal work, and a wet cloth for deeper cleaning.

Our Polywood shutters are also designed to be the most energy-efficient window treatments you can buy.  In fact, Polywood shutters are shown to be 70% more energy-efficient than traditional wood shutters, and 1600% more energy-efficient than aluminum blinds. And these shutters come with a lifetime warranty.  Those are features no other shutter company offers.

  • Benefits:

    Lifetime warranty against warping, cracking or yellowing; most energy-efficient window treatment around; looks great in any style and decor.

  • Drawbacks:

    More expensive than hollow vinyl shutters -- but worth it!

Call Sunburst Shutters San Antonio Today To Get Your Long-Lasting, Beautiful Polywood Shutters

When seeing the pros and cons of the different faux wood plantation shutters, you can definately tell that Polywood is the most durable and stylish faux wood. Our Sunburst Shutters San Antonio experts will show you the benefits of our Polywood plantation shutters, and how they will enhance any room in the house. To get a no cost in-home consultation, call 210-876-0377 or complete the form below today!

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