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What are Faux Wood Shutters?

December 18, 2017

“Faux wood” is a phrase that gets thrown around with just about any type of household decor, 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?

San Antonio faux wood shutters

Sunburst Shutters San Antonio is here to 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 Shoddy

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 energy loss, and will most likely fade and yellow after prolonged exposure to the sun.

Even worse, some faux wood shutters are made from, making them weaker, prone to chipping or breaking, and less effective at blocking heat loss through your windows.

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?

Luckily, not all faux wood shutters are made equal.

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What To Look For In a Faux Wood Shutter

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

  • Sturdy, moisture-proof material

  • No wrapped material around a wood pulp base

  • An extended warranty

Sunburst’s Polywood® plantation shutters were invented to succeed where most faux wood falls short. Unlike cheaply constructed shutters made of wood chips and glue, Polywood shutters are built 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 100% solid, 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.

Plantation shutters in San Antonio bedroom.

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

Some shutter builders 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 hardware store faux wood shutters that don’t get the job done, contact Sunburst San Antonio today. Get a free in-home consultation using the form below or call us at 210-876-0377.