What are Faux Wood Shutters?12/18/2017Tyler Jorgensen “Faux wood” is a phrase that gets used a lot when talking about home design, from siding to flooring to window coverings. Really, all faux wood means is “not wood, but similar to it.” Other than that, you don’t really have any idea what you have. So if you’re searching for faux wood shutters, faux wood blinds, or any other sort of faux wood window treatment in San Antonio, what is it that you’re really buying for your windows? Sunburst Shutters San Antonio can help you discern the quality faux wood shutters from the not-so-quality ones. This is what you should know. Faux Wood Quality Can Vary From Great To Rubbish Faux wood is typically sold as a more affordable version of hardwood, but a good amount 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 mix of wood fiber or wood chips, plastic, and glue, sometimes coated in vinyl. Almost all of these types of composite materials aren’t long-lasting, aren’t able to block sound or heat loss, and will usually fade and lose their color after prolonged exposure to the sun. Even worse, some faux wood shutters are hollow, making them weaker, prone to chipping or breaking, and less energy efficient. Though you may think you’re helping your wallet by picking faux wood window treatments, are you really benefiting from shutters you’ll probably need to replace after a short while? Is there much benefit to a window treatment that doesn’t help make your space more comfortable or your energy bills lower? Fortunately, not all faux wood shutters are made equal. What To Look For In a Faux Wood Shutter There are usually 3 qualities you should look for in a high quality faux wood shutter: Sturdy, moisture-proof material No wrapped material around a wood chip base An extended warranty Sunburst’s Polywood® plantation shutters were invented to succeed where the majority of faux wood falls short. Unlike cheaply constructed shutters made of wood chips and vinyl, Polywood shutters are constructed from our trademarked Polywood extruded material, created to withstand the harshest elements and stand up to punishment that would make other shutters shatter. In addition, Polywood is completely solid all the way through, so they’re not only more durable and immune to chips or cracks, but also offer more energy efficiency keep your home nice and cozy. And unlike the majority of faux wood shutter products, Polywood shutters come with an extensive Lifetime Warranty. Some window treatment shops may try to market their product as some sort of “poly” compound, but know that there’s only one Polywood®. Get San Antonio’s Best Faux Wood Shutters If you want to graduate from off-the-shelf faux wood shutters that don’t deliver, send a line to Sunburst San Antonio today. Get a free in-home consultation using the form below or call us at 210-876-0377.