Different Faux Wood Plantation Shutters In San Antonio

Tyler Jorgensen

While there are many faux wood plantation shutters on the market in San Antonio, they are not all the same.  While some faux wood window treatments will last a lifetime without splitting, warping, or fading, other faux wood shutters will start to break down in just a few year’s time.

It can be difficult to understand the pros and cons of the different faux wood plantation shutters San Antonio.  But after you learn about the different kinds of faux wood, it will be easy to figure out which interior shutter will stand the test of time.

The following list examines the different types 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 would like you to think that they are using faux wood.  But make no mistake, vinyl should not be considered faux wood. Vinyl’s plastic look and slick veneer is hard to integrate into a decor style, unlike some other faux wood or hardwood shutters.  Vinyl may be one of the most inexpensive plantation shutter products on the market, but that’s because they can warp and fade.

Vinyl is also easily affected by heat. It’s not unusual to see vinyl shutters melt or discolor due to sunlight exposure. Since these treatments warp, yellow, and have poor insular qualities, 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:

    Least expensive of the non-wood plantation shutters.

  • Drawbacks:

    Appears plastic; flimsy 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 feel more substantial 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 exposed to humidity and moisture. It’s not unusual to see a warped or cracked louver or find that the synthetic wrapping has chipped or peeled away.  Also, wrapped shutters aren’t custom-fitted for odd shaped windows like arches or ovals.

  • Benefits:

    More substantial 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 cracks easily; no custom shapes.

Solid Extruded Faux Wood Shutters:

Plantation shutters created from solid extruded faux wood give you more durability than most of the alternative non-wood plantation shutters.  Because the synthetic material saturate the window treatment, they form thick, solid louvers that are more protected from warping.  You will also see that they last longer on average and will act much more like hardwood shutters. Solid extruded faux wood shutters are also able to be custom-crafted 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 recipes create a brittle treatment, which can be split during installation. If the mixture doesn’t include a UV inhibitor, then the shutter will fade and yellow when exposed to sunlight. Some manufacturers paint their products, 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.

Polywood® Shutters Are The Most Durable Composite Faux Wood 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 density that withstands moisture. We include a UV inhibitor with the faux wood mixture so that the plantation shutter will still look like new for decades to come.  They are even simple to clean -- just a duster for routine work, and a wet cloth for stains.

Our Polywood shutters are also designed to be the most energy-efficient window treatmentsyou can buy.  In comparison, Polywood shutters are shown to be 70% more energy-efficient than traditional wood shutters, and 1600% more energy-efficient than aluminum blinds. And all these advantages accompany a lifetime warranty.  Those are combined features no other shutter company offers.

  • Benefits:

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

  • Drawbacks:

    More expensive than flimsier vinyl interior shutters -- but worth it!

Call Sunburst Shutters San Antonio Today To Install Long-Lasting, Charming Polywood Shutters

When looking at the benefits and drawbacks of the available 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 advantages of our Polywood plantation shutters, and how they will enhance any room in your home. To get a no cost in-home consultation, call 210-876-0377 or complete the form below today!