There are many faux wood shutters out there, but is there a difference between high-end faux wood shutters, like our Polywood® shutters, that will hold up over decades and faux wood shutters that start to crack or chip in just a short amount of time?
You need to look at the faux wood shutter’s structure and technicalities such as its sturdiness, finish, and energy efficiency potential.
Quality faux wood won’t splinter, crack, chip or warp
Any type of faux wood plantation shutters appear great when first hung. However, shutters that are composed of lower-quality materials such as second-rate composites, vinyl-wrapped particleboards, or hollow louvers will sag, snap, splinter, or yellow. You definitely don’t want cheap faux wood shutters in heavily used rooms or in spaces that have variable heat, cold, or humidity.
Quality faux wood, like Polywood, is constructed from solid compounds that don’t disfigure, fade or fall apart. Its synthetic structure allows shutters to defy bowing, splintering, cracking, and chipping, even in humid or varying-temperature spaces. Inspecting the warranty will be the most accurate way to tell the quality of a faux wood shutter. Businesses that show a lifetime guarantee will back their window treatments because they only use the most durable materials.
Good faux wood doesn’t stain
Dusting is the same for every faux wood window treatments. But detailed cleaning has another set of troubles. Vinyl and other cheap materials will take in some of the water when cleaned with a damp rag. Other faux wood shutters also have coatings that can trap dirt and stains so that they are harder to keep clean.
Companies that sell quality window treatments know that faux wood should be simple to wipe down. For example, Polywood uses a finish that is a cinch to wipe down quickly, so that your shutters look magazine worthy. Quality faux wood is completely water resistant, so no matter what gets on the shutter, it should come clean with a little water or spray cleaner.
High quality faux wood is energy efficient
As you close your high-quality faux wood shutters, you should experience a quantifiable difference in air flow and heat loss. The non-hollow louvers and impenetrable materials will help stop UV rays that makes the room toasty and drafts that can freeze you out. The best faux wood plantation shutters, like Polywood shutters, will go even further in ensuring energy efficiency through UV inhibitors and weather stripping.
Plantation shutters crafted with an inferior material doesn’t give you similar energy benefits. Those using shoddy composites or hollow louvers will still let the outside air flow in freely. After a few years, inferior shutters can start to warp and make gaps between the louvers. To see if you are using a shoddy faux wood is by finding its R-rating. The larger the number, the better the shutter blocks UV rays.
Contact your San Antonio Sunburst rep and pick the window treatment for you
Finding a quality faux wood plantation shutter can sometimes seem like an impossible task. Good thing our Sunburst representatives will bring you all our faux wood lines, so you can select the right plantation shutter for your rooms. To schedule a complimentary in-home consultation, call 210-876-0377 today.